Centre for Continuing Education

HSC Biology Preparation Course (Part 1) (January)

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

Prepare for HSC Biology the smart way with HSC Biology preparation courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

This course provides consolidation of the key content and skills from the Maintaining a Balance module. There is a focus on those cognitive skills needed to access and apply biological knowledge in an HSC assessment context and the higher order thinking needed to increase student achievement towards Band 6. 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 a variety of Biology assessment tasks.

This course is part of a 3-part series covering key areas from within this subject’s syllabus. Other courses include HSC Biology Preparation Course (Part 2) and HSC Biology Preparation Course (Part 3). Students do not need to attend all three parts in order to benefit. The series is supplemented by HSC Biology Exam Preparation Course to prepare for end of year exams.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Answer a range of questions covering the content, concepts and skills in the module.
  • Critically evaluate their 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.
  • Critically analyse experimental methods and comment meaningfully on validity, reliability and accuracy.
  • Analyse, process and apply quantitative biological data to solve problems.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

All three subtopics within the 9.2 Maintaining a Balance Module will be covered:

  • 9.2.1 Most organisms are active in a limited temperature range.
  • 9.2.2 Plants and animals transport dissolved nutrients and gases in a fluid medium.
  • 9.2.3 Plants and animals regulate the concentration of gases, water and waste products of metabolism in cells and in interstitial fluid.

Relevant Skills from the 9.1 Module will also be covered.

Intended Audience

Only current Year 12 students should attend this course in 2018. Changes to the Year 12 syllabus will be introduced in 2019. This course content is therefore not suitable for current Years 10 – 11 students.

Years 10-11 students should enrol in Year 11 Biology Preparation Course (New Syllabus).

Delivery Style

To cater for individual learning styles, this HSC Biology course is delivered as workshops where students explore and apply biology knowledge and skills in a combination of lectures, tutorials and problem-solving sessions while receiving feedback.


  • A Course Booklet covering all syllabus dot points for this module, including example practical methods and results.
  • Answers to all questions in the Course Booklet.
  • HSC Questions from recent years on the relevant module.
  • HSC Sample Answers from recent years on the relevant module.

Course Evaluation

This course will be evaluated via an online student questionnaire delivered in class.

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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  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion