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Edexcel GCSE Biology Topic 5 - Health, Disease And The Development Of Medicines




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 • I can define the term health

 • I can describe the impact disease can have on health

 • I can describe other factors (diet, stress, life) that can affect health

 • I can explain how different types of disease may interact and be triggers

 • I can describe the range of different ways diseases are caused. Viruses, bacteria, protist or fungi.

 • I can describe the spread and implication of cholera 

 • I can describe the spread and implication of tuberculosis

 • I can describe the spread and implication of stomach ulcers

 • I can describe the spread and implication of Ebola

 • I can describe the spread and implication of malaria

 • I can describe the spread and implication of HIV

 • I can describe how viruses reproduce inside the body

 • I can explain how viruses can make a person feel ill

 • I can describe the spread of chlamydia and HIV

 • I can describe how to prevent the spread of chlamydia and HIV

 • I can describe how diseases are spread in plants and animals

 • I can define the term pathogen

 • I can describe how bacteria reproduce inside the body

 • I can explain how bacteria can make a person feel ill

 • I can describe how a disease can affect a plant Biology only

 • I can recall how plant disease can be identified Biology only - Higher tier only

 • I can describe the range of pathogens that can infect a plant Biology only 

 • I can describe the range of plant defences, including physical, chemical and mechanical Biology only

 • I can describe how the body protects itself from disease, including skin, nose, trachea, bronchi and stomach

 • I can explain the role of the immune system

 • I can describe the different roles white blood cells play in the immune system

 • I can describe how vaccination can prevent illness

 • I can explain how vaccines work

 • I can explain the need for antibiotics

 • I can explain how antibiotics work

 • I can describe the problem of emerging antibiotic resistance

 • I can evaluate the use of vaccines, including herd immunity Biology only

 • I can describe how to prepare an uncontained culture of bacteria using aseptic technique Biology only

 • I can describe the use of bacterial cultures grown on agar plates Biology only

 • I can describe the process involved in developing a new drug and bringing it to market

 • I can recall that new drugs are tested for toxicity, efficacy and dose

 • I can describe how monoclonal antibodies are produced Biology only - Higher tier only

 • I can describe how monoclonal antibodies can be used Biology only - Higher tier only

 • I can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of monoclonal antibodies Biology only - Higher tier only

 • I can interpret graphic data on diseases and disease trends

 • I can describe how to sample epidemiological data

 • I can discuss the financial cost of diseases

 • I can describe the impact cardiovascular disease can have on a person life

 • I can describe the different ways cardiovascular disease can be treated.

 • I can describe the causes of cardiovascular disease

 • I can discuss the range of factor that can contribute to non-communicable disease.

 • I can calculate BMI BMI = Mass/Height

 • I can discuss the impact exercise and diet has on obesity, malnutrition and related complications

 • I can discuss the impact alcohol consumption has on liver disease

 • I can discuss the impact smoking has on lung cancer