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Advanced Anatomy & Physiology



£320 inc VAT
Or £53.33/mo. for 6 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
12 months
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This online course is designed to act as a piece of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for those who work (or hope to work) in a role that requires a strong understanding of the human body. In this course you will learn about a range of topics, covering each of the body's primary systems and frameworks. This includes digestion, the skeletal system, respiration and more.


Unit 1 – Chemistry of Life

  • The Movement of Molecules
  • Diffusion and Osmosis
  • Active Transport
  • Biological Chemicals
  • Enzymes
  • Inhibitors
  • Carbohydrates
  • Disaccharides
  • Polysaccharides
  • Glycogen
  • Cellulose
  • Carbohydrate digestion
  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Bonding

Unit 2 – The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

  • What is Blood?
  • Red Cells
  • White Cells
  • Plasma
  • Blood Platelets
  • Blood Groups
  • The Circulatory System
  • Blood Vessels
  • Arteries
  • Veins
  • Capillaries
  • The Heart
  • The Lymphatic System

Unit 3 – The Endocrine System

  • Hypothalamus
  • Pituitary Gland
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Pancreas
  • Ovaries/Testes
  • Pineal and Thymus glands
  • Function of the Endocrine System

Unit 4 – The Skeletal and Muscular Systems

  • 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
  • Keeping Muscles in Good Condition

Unit 5 – Respiratory System

  • 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
  • Smoking

Unit 6 – Digestion and Excretion

  • Digestion in the Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Saliva
  • Stomach
  • Small Intestine
  • Large Intestine
  • Secretions and Additional Organs
  • Excretion
  • The Kidney Machine

Unit 7- Reproduction

  • Female Reproductive System
  • Male Reproductive System
  • Life Cycle Development
  • Family Planning and Contraception
  • Rhythm method
  • The Pill
  • Diaphragm
  • Condom
  • IUD
  • Sterilisation

Unit 8 – The Nervous System

  • Central Nervous System
  • Peripheral Nervous System & Nerves
  • Function of the Nervous System
  • Life Cycle Developments

Unit 9 – The Integumentary System

  • Skin
  • Nails
  • Hair

Who is this course for?

This course would suit someone working in a healthcare role who wants to improve their understanding of the human body, or a jobseeker who wishes to improve their CV with a view to taking up an entry level position in a healthcare setting.


Ther are no formal entry entry requirements for this course.

Career path

This course will help students to pursue a career in healthcare, or other associated fields.

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What level is this course?


This course is level 3.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.