Stage 2 – Year 12

SACE Credits


Does this subject include an exam?



Successful completion of at least one semester of Stage 1 Biology at C standard is recommended.

Course Content

The three strands of science to be integrated throughout student learning are:

● science inquiry skills
● science as a human endeavour
● science understanding

Students skills, knowledge, and understanding of these occur in context of the four topics studied:

  • DNA and Proteins
  • Cells as the Basis of Life
  • Homeostasis
  • Evolution

Learning Requirements

Students will learn to:

  • apply science inquiry skills to design and conduct biological investigations, using appropriate procedures and safe, ethical working practices
  • obtain, record, represent, analyse, and interpret the results of biological investigations
  • evaluate procedures and results, and analyse evidence to formulate and justify conclusions
  • develop and apply knowledge and understanding of biological concepts in new and familiar contexts
  • explore and understand science as a human endeavour
  • communicate knowledge and understanding of biological concepts and information, using appropriate terms, conventions, and representations.


Stage 2 Biology can be a prerequisite of university courses including Health Sciences and various Science degrees.