Human Anatomy Level 3

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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Right this very second, your brain is working hard to send signals to your lungs to breathe and to your mouth to speak, and neurons are firing away to help you understand this sentence. Your blood is pumping around your body, and your organs are ticking away to keep you alive. Like a finely tuned engine, our bodies are amazing.

Online Human Anatomy Level 3 – what you’ll learn

This online anatomy course will allow you to explore the systems of your body from head to toe, from the cardiovascular to the digestive. You’ll take a deep dive under the skin of the human body into structures and functions, diseases and disorders, as well as the fascinating makeup of anatomical regions such as bones, muscles, cells and tissues. The knowledge you’ll gain along the way will stand you in good stead for many careers, such as working in the NHS, salons, spas, health resorts, and much more. As with all our online courses, Human Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 is designed around you, offering you the freedom and flexibility to work in your own time, at your own pace.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - The Organisation of the Body

Imagine for a second how a company works, there are different people doing different jobs, but all working towards the same end goal. Now imagine the human body to work in exactly the same way. This unit takes you through the roles of anatomy, physiology and pathology in the human body, the cell structure and their purpose, metabolism and tissues types.

Unit 2 - Major Blood Vessels and Organs

Blood vessels work to carry blood to and from the heart, during this unit you’ll identify the components of blood and component vessels, looking closer at the main arteries of the head, face and neck, as well as the thorax, arm, hand and abdomen. You’ll discover what arteries are relevant for the pelvis, leg and foot too.

Unit 3 - Pathologies of the Skin, Hair and Nails

Whether its acne or coldsores or something else that presents itself on the skin, hair or nails, we have all probably experienced a pathology of some kind in our lives. This unit will take you through the types of pathologies of the skin, hair or nails, covering the three main skin disorders, bacterial, viral or fungal. You’ll look at conjunctivitis, impetigo, pigmentation disorders, cuticles, function of the hair and much more.

Unit 4 - The Muscular System

This unit will cover all things muscular, leaving you with being able to identify and describe the function of 75 muscles in the body. You’ll cover face and head muscles first, looking closely at the muscles that move the face, you’ll then move to the neck muscles. Next, you’ll focus on the chest, back, upper and lower arm, and hand muscles. Finishing with the bottom half of the body, as well as looking at the function of the muscles and how they provide movement.

Unit 5 - The Nervous System

You’ll delve into the nervous system, exploring pathologies such as bell’s palsy, multiple sclerosis, vertigo and Alzheimer’s disease. You’ll see the functions of the nervous system, afferent and efferent neurones, homeostasis, relationship with the endocrine and muscular systems, structure of a neuron, synaptic gap and neurotransmitters. You’ll have a deeper look at the structure and branches of the nervous system, including the four regions of the brain, how the hypothalamus links the nervous and endocrine systems, functions of the cerebral cortex and role of the limbic system. Finally, you’ll look at the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid, grey and white matter, structure and function of the spinal cord and the cranial and spinal nerves.

Unit 6 - The Endocrine System

During this unit you’ll discover eight disorders of the endocrine system, including thyroid and adrenal disorders. You’ll consider the structure and function, how they work, hormones, hormone action and target sites. You’ll be able to tell the difference between endocrine and exocrine glands and the function of the hypothalamus. On the last section, you’ll be able to locate the endocrine glands, as well as hormone target sites and the effects on the body too.

Unit 7 - The Cardiovascular System

You’ll learn in this section the problems that can occur with the cardiovascular system including, angina, gangrene, hypotension and stroke. You’ll learn the structure and functions, composition and function of blood and its role within the body. You’ll learn about the heart, how it works and the location and functions. You’ll dive into the heart valves, the cardiac cycle, heartbeat, blood pressure and pulse rates.

Unit 8 - The Respiratory System

Without the lungs we simply would not breathe, this unit will highlight the importance of the respiratory system considering problems such as asthma, pneumonia and whopping cough. You’ll look at the lungs function and makeup, and its relationship to the cardiovascular system. Finally you’ll look at the muscles of the respiratory system, the stages of respiration and the process of gaseous exchange.

Unit 9 - The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is tissue and organs that free your body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. You’ll discover the pathologies linked to the lymphatic system, including allergies, fever and HIV, you’ll look at the structure and function of the lymphatic system, lymphatic capillaries, lymph vessels and veins and circulation. You look at the lymph nodes, the function they have, lymphocytes and phagocytes and the lymphatic ducts and cisterna chyli. Finally, you’ll consider other lymphatic organs such as the spleen and appendix, immunity and what allergic reactions may look like.

Unit 10 - The Digestive System

Like the previous units, you’ll consider the digestive system and the problems that it can present including, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and jaundice. What is digestion? You’ll look at the digestive system and its processes. You’ll be able to locate the organs involved in digestion including Pharynx, oesophagus and stomach, also delving deep into the chemical breakdown that the body carries out to digest food. You’ll look at the functions of the stomach, liver and small intestine too and what impact carbohydrates, protein and fat have on them.

Unit 11 - The Urinary System

Our body has to release the waste liquids, this is done in the urinary system. The urinary system can present itself with many problems including cystitis, incontinence, renal failure and kidney stones, all of which you’ll learn during this unit. You’ll gain a broader understanding of the structure and function of the urinary system, and the process from the kidneys to the urine production itself. You’ll look at the factors that could affect production of urine and how the kidneys regulate blood pressure.

Unit 12 - The Reproductive System

To finish off your study, you’ll look at the reproductive system. You’ll find out what makes up the male and the female reproductive systems and the relative organs. You’ll consider hormones, puberty and menopause, pregnancy in the female body and the process that the body carries out. You’ll be able to see the creation of life during this unit and be able to appreciate the development of a baby and the factors that create it. Finally, you’ll look at the process of meiosis and mitosis and compare the two.

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NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all of the units you have completed as part of your course.

How is this course assessed or examined?

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.

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.


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