Human Anatomy Level 3

Our course code: X342

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The human body is an amazing machine. From our brains working overtime to keep us alive and kicking to the beating of our hearts and the makeup of our DNA. Working together, they form the miracle of life. Now we’re offering the chance to explore your body from head to toe with our online Human Anatomy course. Learn about shape, form and how the body functions to stay alive, such as breathing air and digesting food. An ideal qualification for anyone considering a professional career in the complementary therapies industry.

Take a tour of the human body and develop an underpinning knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Our Level 3 Human Anatomy course takes learners on a journey of human discovery in your own space and time, learning online. You’ll learn about the structure and function of all body systems, as well as diseases and disorders of essential systems. Not forgetting, of course, the fascinating body makeup of anatomical regions, bone, muscles, cells and tissues.

Designed to give you the specialist knowledge needed to practice as a professional and prepare bodies for practical application. This qualification could lead to a job in the following: NHS, salons, cruise ships, private practice, spas, health resorts, aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology. You may even start your own freelance business.

Progression Pathways

Once this Level 3 Human Anatomy qualification has been achieved, you can progress onto a variety of other Level 3 courses. Including courses on complementary therapies, reflexology and sports massage.

Our online Level 3 Human Anatomy Course covers areas such as:

  • What forms the body and how does it function
  • The structure of cells and how they work
  • Types of muscle and connective tissues
  • Blood vessels and organs in the body
  • Pathologies of the skin, hair and nails
  • Body systems, such as digestive and muscular
  • Pathologies for each of the body systems
  • Stages of the female reproduction cycle

Take a tour of the human body with this Level 3 introduction into Human Anatomy. Discover our share, form and makeup by looking at the structures, systems, and functions of the human body.

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Study Hours

The average student will take 180 hours to complete this course. However, please bear in mind that you may need to add extra hours for additional research, reading and assignments.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for distance learning. There are 12 units in total made up of multiple sessions. In each session, you’ll have a workbook to work thorough. You’ll also partake in recaps, multiple choice quizzes and assignments that will monitor your progress on the course.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.


Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful learners will receive a certificate of achievement.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Organisation of the Body

The aim of this unit is to understand the organisation of the body, split into three sessions.

Session 1:

  • Defining Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • The Anatomical Position
  • Anatomical Regions of the Body
  • Body planes: Sagittal. Frontal/Coronal. Transverse
  • Anatomical Directional Terms
  • Abdominopelvic Quadrants
  • The Structural Organisation of the Body

Session 2:

  • What are Cells
  • A Cell as a City
  • Cell Structure
  • Cell Organelles
  • Types of Cell Transport

Session 3:

  • What is Metabolism
  • Cellular Metabolism
  • How Cells Convert Food into Energy
  • Active and Passive Transportation
  • Phagocytosis and Pinocytosis
  • The Life Cycle of a Cell
  • ATP Conversion
  • Main Tissue Types
2: Major Blood Vessels & Organs

The aim of this unit is to understand the main blood vessels & organs of the body, split in to two sessions:

Session 1:

  • Explore the main vein and arteries of the following:
    • Head, face, and neck
    • Thorax, arm, and hand
    • Abdomen
    • Pelvis, leg, and foot

Session 2:

  • Explore the four key sense organs and their function: Nose, tongue, eyes, ears
3: Pathologies of the Skin, Hair and Nails

The aim of this unit is to learn the pathologies of skin, hair and nails, split into four sessions:

Session 1:

  • Explore range of skin pathologies:
    • Bacterial
    • Viral
    • Fungal

Session 2:

  • Explore different layers of skin:
    • Epidermis
    • Dermis
    • Subcutaneous
  • Keratinocytes and the process of keratinisation
  • The role of melanocytes and their location

Session 3:

  • Explore the various functions of the skin:
    • Sensation
    • Heat regulation
    • Absorption
    • Protection
    • Excretion
    • Secretion
    • Vitamin D production
  • Stages of skin repair: Inflammatory, proliferation, and maturation
  • Types of skin cancer
  • Contraindication

Session 4:

  • Structures, function and growth of the nail
  • Structures, function and cycle of hair growth
4: The Muscular System

The aim of this unit is to understand muscular systems, split into four sessions:

Session 1:

  • Discover 75 muscles of the human body, including those in the face, neck and scalp.

Session 2:

  • Classification of muscles
  • Functions of the muscular system

Session 3:

  • Structure of skeletal muscle
  • Components of muscle fibre
  • Structure of the motor unit
  • Principles of muscle contraction
  • Sliding filament theory

Session 4:

  • The role of ATP and energy system
  • Muscle fibre types
  • Stages of muscular contraction
  • Types of muscle contraction
  • How muscles attach to the skeleton
  • Major muscles of the body
5: The Nervous System

The aim of this unit is to study the nervous system, split into 4 sessions:

Session 1:

  • Explore a range of pathologies of the nervous system, including bell’s palsy, multiple sclerosis, vertigo and Alzheimer’s disease.

Session 2:

  • Functions of the nervous system
  • Afferent and efferent neurones
  • Homeostasis
  • Relationship with the endocrine and muscular systems
  • Structure of a neurone
  • Synaptic gap
  • Neurotransmitters

Session 3:

  • Structure and branches of the nervous system
  • Four main regions of the brain
  • How the hypothalamus links the nervous & endocrine systems
  • Functions of the cerebral cortex
  • Role of the limbic system

Session 4:

  • Meninges and cerebrospinal fluid
  • Grey and white matter
  • Structure and function of the spinal cord
  • Cranial and spinal nerves
6: The Endocrine System

The aim of this unit is to study the endocrine system, split into three sessions.

Session 1:

  • Discover eight disorders of the endocrine system, including thyroid and adrenal disorders.

Session 2:

  • Structure and functions of the endocrine system
  • How the nervous and endocrine systems work together
  • Hormones, hormone action & target sites
  • Difference between endocrine and exocrine glands
  • Function of the Hypothalamus

Session 3:

  • Location and function of the endocrine glands
  • Main endocrine glands and hormones secreted
  • Hormone target sites & their effects on the body
  • Tropic and non-tropic hormones
7: The Cardiovascular System

The aim of this unit is to study the cardiovascular system, split into four sessions.

Session 1:

  • Discover a range of pathologies linked to the cardiovascular system, including angina, gangrene, hypotension and stroke.

Session 2:

  • Structure and functions of the cardiovascular system
  • Composition and function of blood
  • Blood cells and their role in the body
  • Types of blood vessels

Session 3:

  • Structure and function of arteries, veins and capillaries
  • Location and function of the heart
  • Structural layers of the heart
  • Chambers of the heart
  • Major blood vessels of the heart
  • Blood flow through the heart

Session 4:

  • Heart valves
  • Double loop circuit
  • The cardiac cycle
  • Heartbeat
  • Blood pressure and pulse rate
  • Effects of complementary therapies
8: The Respiratory System

The aim of this unit is to study the respiratory system, split into three sessions.

Session 1:

  • Discover a range of pathologies linked to the cardiovascular system, including asthma, pneumonia, and whooping cough.

Session 2:

  • Function of the respiratory system
  • Relationship with the cardiovascular system
  • Component parts of the respiratory system

Session 3:

  • Muscles of the respiratory system
  • Stages of respiration
  • External and internal respiration
  • Process of gaseous exchange
9: The Lymphatic System

The aim of this unit is to study the lymphatic system, split into three sessions.

Session 1:

  • Discover a range of pathologies linked to the lymphatic system, including allergies, fever and HIV.

Session 2:

  • What is the lymphatic system?
  • Structure and function of the lymphatic system
  • How is lymph formed?
  • Lymphatic capillaries
  • Lymph vessels and veins
  • Lymphatic circulation
  • Structure and function of lymph nodes
  • Lymphocytes and phagocytes
  • Major lymph nodes of the body
  • Lymphatic ducts and cisterna chyli

Session 3:

  • Structure and function of other lymphatic organs (Spleen, appendix, etc)
  • Immunity
  • Specific and non-specific immunity
  • Allergy and allergic reactions
10: The Digestive System

The aim of this unit is to study the digestive system, split into three sessions.

Session 1:

  • Discover a range of pathologies linked to the digestive system, including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and jaundice.

Session 2:

  • What is digestion?
  • Structure and function of the digestive system
  • Processes of digestion
  • Location of the organs involved in digestion

Session 3:

  • Alimentary canal
  • Accessory digestive organs (Pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, etc)
  • Peristalsis
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Chemical breakdown of food
  • The absorption of nutrients
  • Functions of the stomach, liver, small intestine
  • Structure of the digestive system
  • Carbohydrate, protein and fat
11: The Urinary System

The aim of this unit is to study the urinary system, split into three sessions.

Session 1:

  • Discover a range of pathologies linked to the urinary system, including cystitis, incontinence, renal failure, and kidney stones.

Session 2:

  • What is the urinary system?
  • Structure and function of the urinary system
  • Kidneys and their functions
  • Regions of the kidney
  • Nephrons
  • Urine production

Session 3:

  • Composition of urine
  • Factors affecting urine production
  • Functions of the urinary system
  • How kidneys regulate blood pressure
12: The Reproductive System

The aim of this unit is to study the reproductive system. There’s only one session to undertake.

  • What is the reproductive system?
  • The male reproductive system and its organs
  • Male hormones, puberty and menopause
  • The female reproductive system and its organs
  • Reproductive cycle (puberty, pregnancy, menopause)
  • Meiosis v Mitosis
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!