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Year 11 Biology

Qualification: GCSE Science and Additional Science

Science QAN Code: 600/1357/6, 100/5562/9

Exam Board: OCR


Half Term

Unit of Work

Home Study

Autumn Term 1

B2.2 Microbiology

Complete any 5 or more of the following tasks:-

  • Carry out research task on home study sheet 1. Research different types of disinfectants and antibiotics and how they are used to fight E. Coli
  • Studying pathogens by identifying factors that stopped the Ebola epidemic in 2014 becoming a pandemic. Use home study sheet 2 for guidance.
  • Make a poster to encourage people not to ask their doctors to prescribe antibiotics against influenza. Explain why antibiotics will not help against viral infections. You can use home study sheet 3 as a template if you need
  • Research the rise of antibiotic resistance. Use home study sheet 4 to help you.
  • Research the impact of fungal disease. You can use home study sheet 5 as an example of a fungal disease to research.
  • Research the life cycle of a mosquito and how this impacts the spread of malaria. Use help sheet 6 to support you.  
  • Describe lines of defence against an airborne pathogen. You can look at the key words on home study sheet 7 to guide you.
  • Watch the following videos and discuss what you see. Home study sheet 8 can be used to make notes.
  • Imagine you are a science communicator working for NHS England.
  • You have been asked to explain antibiotic resistance to Year 7 secondary school children in five PowerPoint slides. Home study sheet 9 tells you what to include.
  • Complete the task on home study sheet 10 on the concept of herd immunity.
  • Complete the task on home study sheet 11. Researching the development of new drugs
  • Complete the task on home study sheet 12 looking at monoclonal antibodies and their applications
  • Understand how light travels through a sample under a microscope to the eye or micrograph look at home study sheet 13 to support you.
  • Make a poster displaying some examples of plant diseases. Home study sheet 14 will give some guidance as to what to include.





Half Term

Unit of Work

Home Study

Autumn Term 2

B2.3 DNA and Genetics









B2.4 Variation and Evolution

Complete any four or more of the following tasks:-

  • Complete The researching proteins task see  B2 3 1 Support Sheet Researching Proteins for additional information.
  • Complete The Designing an animal task see  B2 3 2 Support Sheet Evolution of an animal for additional information.
  • Complete the Variation in my family task for additional information see B2 3 3 Support sheet Family Variation for additional information.
  • Complete The research task “Who was Charles Darwin” See B2 3 4 Support sheet Who was Charles Darwin for additional information.
  • Complete the Genetic crosses worksheet see B2 3 5 Support Sheet Genetic Crosses for additional information.
  • Complete the research task on Genetic diseases see B2 3 6 Support Sheet Genetic Disease for additional information.
  • Produce a poster about genetic mutation see B2 3 7 Support sheet mutations for  additional information.
  • Complete the task on tracking genetic disorders see B2 3 8 Support Sheet Tracking genetic disease for additional information.

Complete any four or more of the following tasks:-

Imagine you are in charge of evolution

  • To create an imaginary organism perfectly adapted to survive in an imaginary habitat. Use support sheet 1 to support you.

Research the life of Charles Darwin

  • Create a presentation about the life of Charles Darwin and his findings. You can present in any format and you can use support sheet 2 to help if you need it.

Selective Breeding

  • Look at home study support sheet 3 and answer questions about the selective breeding of cows

Genetic Engineering

  • Look at home study support sheet 4 and cut and stick the diagrams and statements in order to show the process of genetic engineering. You can also do this by drawing the pictures yourself or presenting it as a powerpoint or any other format.


  • Answer an exam question on cloning on home study support sheet 5


  • Research how fossil records are useful for evidence of evolution – Use home study support sheet 6 to answer specific questions.



Half Term

Unit of Work

Home Study

Spring Term  1

B3.1 Respiration and Photosynthesis




  • Design an experiment to determine how the wavelength of light affects the rate of photosynthesis.
  • To research how animals use symbiotic relationships with algae to harness energy from the Sun.
  • To annotate a microscopic photo of a Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) leaf.
  • To research how plants are adapted to their environment in order to maximise photosynthesis.


Using the website read about Sundrop Farms and their new technology and answer these questions.


  1. What are the three essentials for traditional farming?
  2. Sundrop Farms operate in areas of the world that have little or no access to which three things
  3. Where does the energy used to power the greenhouses come from?
  4. Sundrop Farms use which type of greenhouse to improve the quality of their crops?
  5. What process does the company use to create fresh water from seawater, to water their plants
  6. How does Sundrop Farms conserve valuable farmland and soil?

Identify what factors increase or decrease the rate of transpiration. 



Half Term

Unit of Work

Home Study

Spring Term 2

B3.2 Human Impact on the Environment








  • explain the stages in the water cycle


  • interpret a diagram of the carbon cycle and explain each stage


  • Explain why there are no dinosaur fossils



  • To research and understand the Great Fen Project.



  • To write a leaflet about buying products without excess packaging


  • To think about what zoos need to establish a successful breeding programme that aims to reintroduce animals to the wild.




Half Term

Unit of Work

Home Study

Summer Term  1

B3.3 Homeostasis and Response

  • To research – and improve understanding of – homeostasis
  • To produce a diagram of the human body showing the different parts of the nervous system, including each stage of the sequence, from sensing a change in the environment to affecting a response.
  • To produce a poster about reflex actions.
  • To research new stem cell techniques for treating neurological disorders.
  • To label a diagram of the eye
  • To cement understanding of eye defects by researching and producing a leaflet.
  • To show the mechanisms by which body temperature is regulated
  • To present, diagrammatically, the pathway of hormones from the major endocrine glands.
  • To understand the relationship between insulin level and blood glucose level.
  • To research and compare the similarities and differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
  • To create a diagram showing the process of selective reabsorption and excretion.
  • To explain how the human reproductive cycle is regulated by an interacting network of hormones.
  • To consider the wider role of contraception in society
  • To investigate the development of IVF and how techniques have improved over time.
  • To research the process of plant cuttings.