Y11 Biology

Below you will find information on what you have covered during your course and how you will be assessed.

In my mock examination I will be asked to show I can...

Paper 1

  • Describe the structures of prokaryotic & eukaryotic cells
  • Calculate magnification FT
  • Explain the uses of stem cells FT
  • Describe the cell cycle & explain what is happening at each stage
  • Define diffusion, osmosis & active transport
  • Describe the process of active transport
  • State the enzymes in digestion & their products HT
  • Describe the method of enzyme action HT
  • Describe the processes of testing for sugar and starch
  • Adaptations of the lungs for gas exchange
  • Describe the structures of blood vessels and how they are adapted to their role FT
  • Describe the components of blood FT
  • Identify pathogens that cause disease
  • Identify plants which provide specific drugs
  • Non-communicable disease - effect of alcohol (data interpretation) HT
  • Describe how monoclonal antibodies are made and used HT
  • Describe how the body protects itself from disease
  • Explain how clinical trials should be carried out
  • Describe Photosynthesis and how to investigate it practically
  • Explain the structure and adaptations of a leaf
  • Describe plant defences and mineral deficiencies

Paper 2

  • Describe the factors that affect the rate of decay
  • Describe how to investigate decay – required practical (milk decay)
  • Explain the effect of plant hormones on growth – give examples of their uses.
  • Investigate phototropism – required practical
  • Describe the structure of DNA
  • Describe the process of meiosis and compare it with mitosis
  • Explain genetic inheritance using Punnett squares
  • Identify structures of the brain and explain their functions
  • Describe how brain function can be studied HT
  • Draw and interpret pyramids of biomass and food chains
  • Explain how the water content of the body is controlled FT
  • Describe how kidney problems can be treated
  • Describe how the eyes work

How will I be assessed?

Title or Topic Format Length Date
Paper 1 Written Paper 105 minutes Mon 22 Nov 9am
Paper 2 Written Paper 60 minutes Thu 25 Nov 11am


What should I do to revise and prepare for this assessment?

To prepare for this assessment:

  1. Use the knowledge organisers on the back of your booklets (look/cover/write/check) and your revision guide.
  2. Make flash cards for key knowledge and definitions.
  3. Use Seneca learning and BBC bitesize for revision quizzes.
  4. Log onto GCSE pod and search for AQA single science (Biology).

What useful websites/resources could I use to help me prepare?

Seneca learning

Free Homework & Revision for A Level, GCSE, KS3 & KS2 (senecalearning.com)

GCSE Bitesize

GCSE Biology (Single Science) - AQA - BBC Bitesize

Your revision guide – use the revision guide provided to you last year.