This course has been designed to provide a more in depth understanding of the human body and the accompanying physiological process that allow for its optimal functioning.
As well as revisiting and expanding on some basic principles such as the skeletal and muscular system, this course provides detailed explanations of some more complex aspects of anatomy such as the heart, the brain and spinal cord and the autonomic nervous system. This course also provides detailed aspects of a number of the physiological functions that occur in the human body.
The Skeletal System
- Describe the main functions of the skeletal system
- Identify the types of bone that make up the skeletal system
- Identify the 5 main types of bone classification
- Explain the structure of skeletal tissue
- Describe the development of bone
- What is a joint
- Main types of joint
- Synovial joints – their common characteristics and movement patterns
- Anatomical position
- Degrees of freedom of joints
- Planes of the body
- Training the skeleton
The Muscular System
- Identify the three types of muscle tissue
- Properties of skeletal muscle
- Describe the functions of skeletal muscle
- Identify different muscles shapes
- What is the role of the muscle fibres
- Identify the types of muscular contraction
- Identify the structure of skeletal muscles
- Explain the Sliding Filament Theory
- Describe how muscle contraction is initiated
- The all or none law
- Explain how muscle contraction is controlled
The Chemistry of Using Food to provide Energy for the Body
- How the food we eat is taken apart and utilised to provide energy
- How food molecules are transported to cells where they will be used
- describe where the energy to drive cellular activity comes from
- explain what mitochondria are and how they function
- explain where mitochondria are thought to have originated
- Describe the anatomical position of the heart, its size and its structure
- Explain the passage of blood flow through the heart
- Identify the mechanisms of the heart beat and how it is controlled
- Describe the cardiac cycle
- Describe how the heart is trained
- Identify the main arteries that supply the heart with blood
- Describe the relationship between the heart and blood pressure
- Summarise the functions of the central nervous system
- Identify the structure and function of the five main parts of the brain
- Explain the function of the ventricles of the brain
- Explain the role of the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid
The Spinal Cord
- Explain the structure and function of the spinal cord
- Identify the peripheral nerves
- Explain the type, function and distribution of the twelve cranial nerves
- Explain the function and route of the spinal nerves.
- Describe the structure of a typical neuron
- Identify different types of neuron and explain their functions
- Explain the function of nerve endings
- Identify the electrical and chemical factors essential in the functioning of nerve tissue
Voluntary and Reflex Actions and the Automatic Nervous System
- Explain the anatomical difference between a voluntary movement and a reflex action
- Explain the roles of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
- Identify the functions of the autonomic nervous system
There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.
This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 110 hrs.
After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.
- All study materials
- Study Guide
- Full Tutor and Admin support
On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Anatomy and Physiology - Advanced Diploma
Anatomy and Physiology - Advanced Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Anatomy and Physiology - Advanced Certificate of Achievement
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a 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 course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. 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 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. 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.
Who are ABC
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.