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How Long Is The Course?

The course is spread over 3 months and is run one morning a week. If you are too busy to attend classes during the week, you can chose to study this course by distance learning. The complete course takes around 5 months.

How Is The Course Taught by distance learning?

Distance learning involves a one hour phone call from the course tutor, once a week. It includes emailed course notes, and multi-choice test papers

Course Requirements

Students need pens, paper, coloured pencils and an A4 book binder with plastic folders to put notes in. Neat and tidy notes are mandatory and are counted towards the final mark. This course requires at least 6 hours home study per week.


At the end of the course students sit a 1 hour Anatomy & Physiology multichoice theory paper.


On satisfactory completion of the course students are presented with and ITEC Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology.

What can I use my qualification for?

Many courses in complementary medicine require knowledge of anatomy & physiology. This diploma can be used to gain accesses on to such courses. For therapists already in practice, the course will add depth to present knowledge.

It is also suitable for people who do not wish to pursue a career in Complementary Medicine, but who wish to learn more about the body.


Cost of course is 450 plus exam fee for contact tuition and 300 plus exam fee for distance learning.

Anatomy & Physiology Syllabus

Exam: 1 hour
1 hour multi-choice theory paper

Skeletal System

  • The function & composition of the skeletal system
  • The different types of bone tissue
  • The different types of joints
  • The cause and effect of disease on the skeletal system

Muscular System

  • The function & composition of the muscular system
  • Voluntary, involuntary and cardiac muscle
  • Diseases of the muscular system

The Skin

  • The function & composition of the skin
  • Skin diseases


  • The structure and function of the cell
  • The process of mitosis and meiosis

Vascular System

  • The structure and function of arteries and veins
  • The composition of blood
  • The structure and function of the heart & the pulmonary and systemic circulation
  • Diseases of the vascular system

Lymphatic system

  • The structure and function of lymph & lymphocytes
  • Main lymph nodes of the body
  • The interrelationship between blood and lymph
  • The structure and function of the spleen

Neurological System

  • The functions of the Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous System (sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions)
  • The structure and functions of the brain and spinal cord
  • The effects of stress on this system
  • The diseases of the nervous system

Endocrine System

  • The position function and composition of the main endocrine glands
  • The effects of hormones during puberty, pregnancy, and the menopause
  • Effects of stress on the endocrine system
  • Diseases of the endocrine system

Respiratory System

  • The structure and function of the respiratory system
  • The process of internal respiration
  • The structure and function of the pulmonary circulation
  • The process of inhalation and expiration
  • Diseases of the respiratory system

Digestive System

  • The structure and function of the digestive system
  • The process of absorption
  • Diseases of the digestive system

Genito-Urinary System

  • The structure and function of the genito-urinary system
  • The process of filtration
  • The composition of urine
  • Diseases of the genito-urinary system

Reproductive System

  • The structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems
  • The menstrual cycle
  • Diseases of the reproductive system

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