The Advanced Anatomy & Physiology – Level 3 Course is aimed at those who need to study the subject to a good level such as those within Complementary Healthcare, nurses at the start of their training or Health Care Assistants.

Looking for an introduction to human anatomy and physiology? Keen to understand how it all works? Then this is the ideal course for you. It covers everything from the skeletal system to the digestive system.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following Units:-

  • Unit 1 – Chemistry of Life

The following topics are covered: The Movement of Molecules; Diffusion and Osmosis; Active Transport; Biological Chemicals; Enzymes; Inhibitors; Carbohydrates; Disaccharides; Polysaccharides; Glycogen; Cellulose; Carbohydrate digestion; Atomic Structure; and Chemical Bonding.

  • Unit 2 – The Cardiovascular & Lymphatic Systems

The following topics are covered: What is Blood?; Red Cells; White Cells; Plasma; Blood Platelets; Blood Groups; The Circulatory System; Blood Vessels; Arteries; Veins; Capillaries; The Heart; and The Lymphatic System.

  • Unit 3 – The Endocrine System

The following topics are covered: Hypothalamus; Pituitary Gland; Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands; Adrenal Glands; Pancreas; Ovaries/Testes; Pineal and Thymus glands; and Function of the Endocrine System.

  • Unit 4 – The Skeletal & Muscular Systems

The following topics are covered: The Skeleton; Bone structure; Bone tissue; Joints; Classification of joints; Muscles; Muscular Structure – Face, Head and Neck; Muscular Structure – Shoulders; Muscular Structure – Lower Arms; Muscular Structure – Thigh; Muscular Structure – Lower Leg; Muscular Structure – Trunk Posture; Lifting and Keeping Muscles in Good Condition.

  • Unit 5 - Respiratory System

The following topics are covered: Upper Respiratory System; Lower Respiratory System; Structure and Functions of the Respiratory System; Lung Capacities; Breathing In – Inspiration; Breathing Out – Expiration; Breathing Rate; Respiratory Diseases; Asthma; Bronchitis; Emphysema; Pneumonoconiosis; Lung Cancer; and Smoking. 

  • Unit 6 – Digestion & Excretion

The following topics are covered: Digestion in the Mouth; Teeth; Saliva; Stomach; Small Intestine; Large Intestine; Secretions and Additional Organs; Excretion and The Kidney Machine.

  • Unit 7 – Reproduction

The following topics are covered: Female Reproductive System; Male Reproductive System; Life Cycle Development; Family Planning and Contraception; Rhythm method; The Pill; Diaphragm; Condom; IUD; and Sterilisation.

  • Unit 8 – The Nervous System

The following topics are covered: Central Nervous System; Peripheral Nervous System & Nerves; Function of the Nervous System; and Life Cycle Developments.

  • Unit 9 – The Integumentary System

The following topics are covered: Skin, Nails & Hair.


Students must be aged 16 or over and be educated to GCSE level C or above or hold equivalent qualifications.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Advanced Anatomy & Physiology Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at


The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (UKDLP) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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