12 Biology

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Advanced Technologies

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/biology

Pre-Requisite: An achievement level of ‘B’ or better in Stage 1 Physics 1 and 2, Stage 1 Chemistry 1 and 2, Stage 1 Biology A or Biology B, or Stage 1 Psychology


Students design and conduct biological investigations, manipulate apparatus, use numeracy skills and analyse and interpret observations. Students communicate their knowledge and understanding of concepts and interrelationships using biological terms and conventions.

Topics may include

The topics in Stage 2 Biology provide the framework for developing integrated programs of learning through which students extend their skills, knowledge, and understanding of the three strands of science. 

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

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

The topics for Stage 2 Biology are:

  • topic 1: DNA and proteins
  • topic 2: cells as the basis of life
  • topic 3: homeostasis
  • topic 4: evolution



Assessment tasks include:

School assessment

  • assessment type 1: investigations folio
  • assessment type 2: skills and applications tasks

External assessment

  • assessment type 3: examination

Additional Information

Costs: $30 text book - – subject to change in 2020

To be successful in this subject a significant amount of study is required outside of the classroom.