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Anatomy and Physiology Advanced Course - Distance

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  • Objectives
    This 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 course for you. It covers everything from skeletal system to the digestive system.
  • Entry requirements
    No pre-requisites are required
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Anatomy and Physiology Level 3 Plus a UK Open Learning Diploma.

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland"

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 2 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accreditedata level of learning equivalent to level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland"
  • Course description

    Format information

    Essential Anatomy and Physiology is provided in the form of a CD ROM and as a manual. The information in each format is virtually identical.

    The CD ROM is simple to install. Clear installation instructions are included in the CD booklet. No previous computer experience is required. The CD includes a System Introduction to demonstrate every aspect of its functionality. This ensures that the package can always be used to its maximum potential. The text is well written and the information is easy to navigate. Numerous questions provide opportunities for self-testing, with the feedback to each question providing valuable reinforcement of the teaching point. The CD includes an interactive list of contents and a full glossary that is accessible from each page. All the information is literally a mouse-click away!

    The Study Manual presents the wealth of information in a paper format, neatly packaged in a ring binder. The text is clear and well set out. The Study Manual includes the questions and provides plenty of 'white space' for additional notes to be added if necessary.


    As a UK Open Learning home learning student you will have access to your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. This tutor support will last for one year from the day you receive the course, which means all assignments must be completed in a year. If, however, you have not completed the course, you can apply for additional support for which a small fee will be added.

    Exam details

    This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments.

    Study Method
    This course can be studied at your own pace and there are no deadlines for assignments to be completed. However, as mentioned above, you must complete the full course within 12 months from the date you received the course. To complete this course it will take in the region of 100 study hours spread over a 12 month period. However, you can work at your own pace.

    How does the course work?

    We send you the complete course by courier. You will work your way through the material and, when you are ready, you complete a series of assignments which you e-mail or post to a tutor for marking.

    Course Content

    Cardiovascular System
    • Composition of the blood
      • Plasma
      • Red blood cells
      • White blood cells
      • Platelets
    • Blood clotting
    • Blood vessels
    • Heart
    • Circulation
    • Blood pressure

    • Atoms
    • Molecules
      • Elements
      • Compounds
    • Chemical bonding
    • Ionization

    Digestive System
    • Mouth-stomach
    • Small intestines
    • Pancreas
    • Liver
    • Gall bladder
    • Absorption
    • Large intestines

    Endocrine System
    • Hormones
    • Hypothalamus
    • Pituitary gland
    • Thyroid gland
    • Parathyroid glands
    • Adrenals
    • Pancreas
    • Ovaries
      • Puberty
      • Pregnancy
    • Testes
    • Male hormonal changes
    • Pineal gland
    • Thymus

    • Structural organisation
      • chemical level
      • cellular level
      • cell division
      • tissue level
      • organ level
      • system level
      • organism level
    • Anatomical position
    • Homeostasis
    • Temperature control

    Lymphatic System
    • Lymphocytes
    • Lymphatic network
    • Lymph capillaries and vessels
    • Lymph nodes
    • Lymph trunks and ducts
    • Tonsils
    • Spleen
    • Thymus
    • Immunity

    Muscular System
    • Skeletal muscle
    • Nervous/vascular connections
    • Structure
    • Contraction
      • Energy requirements
      • Creatine phosphate
      • Cellular respiration
    • Smooth muscle
    • Cardiac muscle
    • Movement
      • Origins and insertions
      • Agonist and antagonist movement
      • Isotonic and isometric contractions
    • Muscular structure

    Nervous System  
    • Nerve cells
    • Synapses
    • Structure of neurons
    • Central nervous system
      • Brain
      • White and grey matter
      • Meninges
      • Cerebrospinal fluid
      • Cerebrum
      • Diencephalon
      • Cerebellum
      • Brain stem
    • Spinal cord
    • Peripheral nervous system
      • Reflex arc
      • Cranial nerves
      • Spinal nerves
    • Autonomic nervous system

    Reproductive System
    • Male system
    • Female system
      • Menstruation
    • Creation of gametes
    • Meiosis
    • Spermatogenesis
    • Ogenesis
    • Fertilization to birth

    Respiratory System
    • The process
    • Respiratory tract
    • Inspiration and expiration
    • Pulmonary circulation

    • Sight
    • Smell
    • Sound
    • Taste
    • Touch

    Skeletal System
    • Structure of bone
    • Bone tissue
    • Bone types
      • Compact
      • Spongy
    • Bone growth
    • Classification of bone
    • Vertebral column
    • Joints
      • Classification
      • Immoveable
      • Slightly moveable
      • Freely moveable
    • Skeletal structure

    • Epidermis
    • Hair and nails
    • Dermis
    • Subcutaneous layer
    • Skin colour
    • Ageing

    Urinary System
    • Urinary tract
    • Urination
    • Kidneys
    • Nephrons
    • Antidiuretic hormone  

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