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?


This course is specifically for those in the field of complementary medicine and therapies. The acquisition of knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is essential in these therapies. Whether you are studying to be a reflexologist, a massage therapist, an aromatherapist or any type of natural health practitioner, this course will provide a foundational understanding of the human body and how it functions.


The body and its functions is a most fascinating area of learning. Above all, anyone involved in health matters must have a sound knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology. This is also true for complementary therapists and bodyworkers. Learning about the human body is like being on a journey of discovery through the most complicated machine on earth. Furthermore, 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.


What is Anatomy and Physiology?


When we talk about Anatomy we mean the study of the structure of the body. Physiology is the study of the body`s function. In order to understand the human body you must understand how its parts are put together and how they function. Once you have completed 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’ – by Louise Tucker.
It is important you buy the latest edition, hence these will be available for you to pre-order/purchase at a discounted price on the first day of the course.


The attendance course consists of in-house training & assessment plus supervised home study. We teach the classes 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. We cater for all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Who Can Attend?

There is no special entry requirement for this course and therefore, 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 RQF C Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for the Complementary Therapist, you must pass ITEC Unit iCT3C6 – Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies.


Once qualified, you will be awarded an ITEC Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for the Complementary Therapist –RQF 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.

Examinations – Anatomy and Physiology


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 & Pathology for the Complementary Therapist 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, for instance, Massage or Reflexology. In the latter case you will sit the paper on the same day as your practical exam.


ITEC Exam Fees: Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for the Complementary Therapist-£85.00 (+VAT)

  • Exam registration
  • ITEC theory paper
  • Issue of certificate
  • Postage of certificate by Registered Post


Exams can be booked here – Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology – ITEC Examination


Recognition by Professional Associations


The ITEC Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for the Complementary Therapist –RQF 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:


  • ICGT (International Guild of Therapists)
  • CThA (Complementary Therapists Association)
  • FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
  • BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association)
  • CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)


Before you make your final decision please also take a look at our two all-inclusive options which offer Anatomy and Physiology as part of the Therapy Course –


The Ultimate All-Inclusive Massage Diploma


The Ultimate All-Inclusive Reflexology Diploma


If you have already chosen which therapy you want to study these options may suit you better.

More Information


After many years experience providing professional training in the field of Complementary Medicine, we know that for your future success as a complementary therapist you must choose the course that is right for you!


We’re proud of the quality of our training and would love you to visit us teaching any of our courses. By doing this, you will be able to talk with the staff and tutors, as well as 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.


What’s Next?


Once you have completed your anatomy and physiology training you have a range of options open to you.


You can choose from the following ITEC therapy courses:-

Massage Therapy – which allows you to progress to Aromatherapy


Indian Head Massage


After you have completed a therapy, then you will be eligible to attend ITEC Diet and Nutrition


These options are explained more fully in the following article – First Steps To Becoming A Therapist


Tutor: Anita Snowball – see our MSCM Tutor Page


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Course Dates

October 2022 - February 2023 - Attend - 8 Weekend Days - Starting 15th October - 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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February 2023 - March 2023 - 8 Fridays - Starting 3rd February - 10am - 5pm

Cost: £395.00 (+VAT)

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May 2023 - July 2023 - Attend - 8 Weekend Days - Starting 6th May - 10am - 5pm

Cost: £395.00 (+VAT)

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October 2023 - February 2024 - Attend - 8 Weekend Days - Starting 14th October - 10am - 5pm

Cost: £395.00 (+VAT)

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