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NSW Syllabuses

Biology Stage 6

Please note the implementation timeframe for the Biology Stage 6 Syllabus (2017).

See the Biology Stage 6 Syllabus (2013) to be taught for the 2018 HSC exam.

Here you will find all of the syllabus elements, assessment and reporting guides, support materials and advice on supporting students with special education needs.

A download of the syllabus is available.

The Biology Stage 6 Draft Syllabus Consultation Report (PDF, 413KB) and new Biology Stage 6 Syllabus were developed using the NESA consultative syllabus development process.

Read the Biology Stage 6 course description.

The examination specifications and materials can be found in the Assessment and Examination Materials section below.
Read the Science Stage 6 Draft HSC Examination Specifications Consultation Report (PDF, 275KB)

Implementation

2018 – Start teaching Year 11 Biology.
In Term 4 start teaching Year 12 Biology.

2019 – First HSC for Stage 6 Biology.


Assessment and Examination Materials

Assessment and Reporting in Biology Stage 6
(including HSC Examination Specifications)
PDF (407KB, 13 pages)
Sample examination materials PDF (279KB, 32 pages)
Performance Band Descriptions  
Years 11–12 Assessment Advice  
Changes to Stage 6 Assessment from 2018  

Support Materials

Guide to Depth Studies Docx (357KB, 9 pages)

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing scope and sequences that reflect course structures and meet syllabus requirements. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Sample A Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (23KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (21KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (24KB, 1 page)

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing units. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Module 1 Cells as the Basis of Life Docx (51KB, 7 pages)
Module 3 Biological Diversity Docx (72KB, 9 pages)
Year 12
 
Module 6 Genetic Change (includes a case study for a student with disability)
Sample Combined Unit – Ways to Reproduce Docx (50KB, 6 pages)

Sample assessment schedules are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to planning a formal school-based assessment program. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own, being mindful that the mandatory school-based assessment requirements must be met.

Year 11
 
Sample A Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (22KB, 1 page)

Sample assessment tasks are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to developing a formal assessment task. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Depth Study task for Module 1 and 2: Freshwater study Docx (36KB, 5 pages)
Module 3: Galapagos Islands Docx (37KB, 5 pages)
Year 12
 
Module 5: Ways of Reproducing Docx (35KB, 3 pages)
Module 6 Genetic Change (includes a case study for a student with disability)
Guide to the new Biology Stage 6 syllabus PDF (175KB, 4 pages)
Parent guide to new Stage 6 courses PDF (213KB, 5 pages)