Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

Qualification - Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Complementary Therapies –RQF LEVEL 3
Awarding Body - International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)

Why Study Anatomy and Physiology?

The body and its functions is a most fascinating area of learning and a sound knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology is essential for anyone involved in health matters – particularly if you have a career in bodywork in mind. Learning about the human body is like being on a journey of discovery through the most complicated machine on earth. Every inch of that joyful journey serves as a highway to excellence as a natural health practitioner.

Study of the structure and function of the human body provides the foundation and underpinning knowledge on which all complementary therapies are based. When you gain knowledge of this cornerstone of health, you will find it will serve as a framework for learning many facets of Natural Therapies and how you can support the body in its attempts to regain physical and mental health and well-being. As you learn about the physical body you will gain an appreciation for the homeostatic mechanisms and the body’s ability to repair itself and maintain health and vitality.

An understanding of the importance of anatomical structures and their interrelated functions provides you with a fascinating insight into the intricate workings of the human body prior to attempting any form of treatments. It is also the key to becoming a successful practitioner.

The study of the body`s structure is called anatomy; the study of the body`s function is known as physiology. To understand the human body it is necessary to understand how its parts are put together and how they function. Upon completion of this course you will be able to accurately describe microscopic and gross anatomy, name all the major structures, state their relationships and explain their basic functions

Course Details

The course will cover the following subjects:

  • Understanding your learning style
  • Introduction to the human body
  • Medical terminology
  • Cytology & Histology
  • Anatomy & physiology of the following systems:
    – Integumentary
    – Skeletal
    – Articulations
    – Muscular
    – Digestive
    – Urinary
    – Neurological
    – Endocrine
    – Cardiovascular
    – Lymphatic & Immunity
    – Respiratory
    – Reproductive
  • Basic pathology of each system
  • Learning & examination techniques

The course text book recommended by ITEC is:
‘An Introductory Guide to Anatomy & Physiology’ – Louise Tucker and the latest edition will be available for you to purchase at a discounted price on the first day of the course.

Who Can Attend?

There is no special entry requirement for this course and it is assumed that you will have no prior knowledge of the subject. You must be 18 years of age to attend but there is no upper age limit!


To achieve an ITEC Level 3 QCF Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies, you must pass Unit 383 – Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapists

Once qualified, you will be awarded an ITEC Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies –QCF LEVEL 3

This qualification is the stepping stone to other qualifications such as Massage and Reflexology, which can be booked before you complete the Anatomy and Physiology course.

If you are proposing to enrol on either Massage or Reflexology course to follow on from the Anatomy and Physiology Course, please be aware that there will be some additional costs involved for the purchase of necessary equipment and clinic wear. This will be explained to you in class. If you would like further information, please contact the office on 0208-429-2895 and we will be happy to send you the equipment requirements information pack.


During the course we will guide you through some practice exam papers in preparation for the final exam. Upon satisfactory completion of a mock theory examination taken in class on the last day of the course you will be eligible to sit the ITEC Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies –QCF LEVEL 3 examination which comprises a Multiple Choice Theory Paper of 50 questions. Students who do not have English as their first language will be granted extra time in the exam.

You will have the choice of taking the exam as a stand alone qualification or as part of your therapy qualification, eg Massage or Reflexology. In the latter case you will sit the paper on the same day as your practical exam.

Those choosing to take it stand alone will also be required to submit an assignment to receive the qualification.

ITEC Exam Fees: Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Complementary Therapies-£85.00 (+VAT) Payable prior to course commencement.
Includes:          Exam registration – ITEC theory paper – Issue of certificate – Postage of certificate by Registered Post

Recognition by Professional Associations

The ITEC Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies –QCF LEVEL 3 is one of the best recognised complementary therapy qualifications in the UK and across a range of countries.
It is widely accepted by most Professional Bodies including:

  • IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International)
  • CThA (Complementary Therapists Association)
  • APNT (Association of Physical and Natural Therapists)
  • FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
  • BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association)
  • CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)

Which course is right for you?

Choose Attendance or Attendance/On-Line Home Study Course?
The Anatomy and Physiology course runs several times a year in varying forms. You can choose an option to suit your lifestyle and other commitments.
You have 2 main options open to you:

Option 1: – 5 Attendance Days plus On-Line Home Study Course
The course comprises 5 attendance days where we review each topic to ensure full understanding to support your learning and to prepare you for the examination, supplemented by an on-line course which you work through at home. Each section includes student testing so that you can check your progress and understanding.

Option 1 Course Fees: £295.00 (+VAT)
Deposit £75.00 +VAT
Interest-free Easy Payment Plan available upon request

Option 2: – Attendance Only Course
The attendance course consists of in-house training & assessment plus supervised home study. The classes are taught using tried and tested accelerated learning techniques and the emphasis is on fun! All lectures are supported with a comprehensive manual, visual material, revision tips, anatomical charts and teaching aids such as skeletal models, toys and games! We will also give you details of other learning resources such as useful websites and suggested books to help you with your studying. All ages, backgrounds and abilities are catered for. We offer this option for those who prefer to study in class with others.

Option 2 Course Fees: £395.00 (+VAT)
Deposit £75.00 (+VAT)
Interest-free Easy Payment Plan available upon request


Course Dates:

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Complementary Therapies course runs several times a year in varying forms. You can choose an option to suit your lifestyle and other commitments.

For those working Monday-Friday we have a weekend option. The mid week option is timed to suit those with school age children, whereas the summer intensive course is perfect for busy people who have limited time available

More Information

After many years experience providing professional training in the field of Complementary Medicine, we know that choosing the right course for you is paramount to your future success as a complementary therapist! For this reason, we have put together a detailed information pack, which we hope will give you all the information you need to help you make an informed choice. To receive an up to date copy of this prospectus please email us at

We`re proud of the quality of our training and would love you to visit us teaching any of our courses where you will be able to talk with the staff and tutors, and observe the quantity and quality of the facilities available for your education. One of the best things you can do is to talk to past or present students, ask them what they think about the school and the course you are considering.

Being an informed consumer can make a significant difference in the kind, quality, and extent of the education you obtain. It can also make the difference in attaining the level of success you desire.

If you would like to come and meet us for an informal chat, attend a taster session or visit a class please call 0208-429-2895.

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Course Dates

Please note - all deposits and course fees are non-refundable.

All transfers are at the discretion of the school and would be subject to an administrative charge of £25.00 (+VAT)

November 2020 - March 2021 - Attend -8 Weekend Days - 10am - 5pm

Cost: £395.00 (+VAT)

Interest-free Easy Payment Plan available upon request.£75.00 (+VAT) deposit, payable on booking.
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