Centre for Continuing Education

HSC Biology Exam Preparation Course (September)

HSC Biology. The smart way to prepare for your HSC.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

This course provides consolidation of the key content from the four Core modules. There is a focus on those cognitive skills needed to access and apply biological knowledge in the HSC exam. The workshops allow students to explore and apply biology knowledge and skills using a combination of lectures, tutorials and problem-solving sessions with feedback from teachers. Overall this course is designed to review key concepts and skills with a view to maximising results in the Biology HSC Exam.

This is an end of year exam preparation course preceded by a four-part series covering key areas from within this subject’s syllabus. Other courses include HSC Biology Preparation (Part 1), HSC Biology Preparation (Part 2), HSC Biology Preparation (Part 3) and HSC Biology Preparation (Part 4).


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • answer a range of questions covering the content, concepts and skills in the module
  • evaluate your own and others' answers to improve the quality of responses to assessment tasks
  • identify the relationships between key concepts in the module
  • apply strategies for problem solving to improve the quality and accuracy of responses to assessment tasks
  • analyse experimental methods and comment meaningfully on validity, reliability and accuracy
  • analyse, process and apply quantitative biological data to solve problems.


Content and past examination questions from the four modules:

  • Module 5 Heredity
  • Module 6 Genetic Change
  • Module 7 Infectious Disease
  • Module 8 Non-Infectious Disease and Disorders

Relevant Skills from Working Scientifically will also be covered.

Intended audience

Year 11 and Year 12 students wishing to undertake additional study for the new HSC Biology Syllabus (2017).

Delivery style

Delivered as a one-day workshop where you will explore and apply biology knowledge and skills in a combination of lectures, tutorials and problem-solving sessions while receiving feedback.


Course notes (electronic copy) covering all syllabus dot points for this module, including example practical methods and results.

Bring your own device

You are required to bring your own device (Windows or Mac) and a power chord. Please ensure your device is fully charged as access to power is limited.

Please note that University does not carry any responsibility for your lost, stolen, or damaged devices whilst on the University premises.

Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide

While you progress through this journey and also the conclusion of your schooling life, we know you’ll have a lot on your mind – exams, future study, careers – but remember, while keeping focused on these bigger goals and aspirations, it’s also important not to forget your own health and well-being.

For tips on staying motivated and keeping focused, dealing with anxiety, keeping healthy, relaxation, pre-study exercise and more, read our article Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.


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