This page looks at why an anatomy, physiology and pathology level 3 certificate is so useful, how to choose a training course, and the benefits of online home study / distance learning.
Most people brushed on anatomy and physiology at school in Biology or Human Sciences. But why take a Vocational Qualification in Anatomy & Physiology as an adult?
Simple - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology is the Starting Point for training in Complementary Healthcare. Before you can progress to study you chosen therapy, for example aromatherapy, reflexology, sports massage, Bowen, Indian head massage or Reiki, you must develop an understanding as to how the body works. This is quite sensible when you think about it. It would be unprofessional, and indeed dangerous, to perform any hands-on treatment without a detailed understanding of the body’s structure and function. After all, you wouldn’t attempt to improve the performance of a car if you didn’t understand the mechanics of its engine.
Some courses may run the anatomy and physiology alongside the therapy. Other courses require a Level 3 qualification as a pre-requisite. You will often hear the phrase Accredited Prior Learning (APL). If anatomy and physiology is listed as APL for a course then it is necessary for you to hold a qualification in anatomy & physiology before you begin.
Before you, as a therapist, begin to treat any members of the public you must take out insurances to protect both your clients and yourself. You will have to show that you hold an accepted qualification in the therapy and that your anatomy & physiology is up to the required standard. The industry standard for anatomy & physiology is the Level 3 Certificate. A word of warning – if the anatomy & physiology is run in tandem with the therapy and is not accredited, find out if a separate qualification in anatomy & physiology is given. If not, you may have problems getting insured and, despite your studies, your anatomy and physiology may not be accepted as APL for another qualification. It is worth the extra effort to gain the Level 3 Certificate because this will open many doors for you in the future.
To help ensure that your Level 3 qualification will be accepted as APL, wherever you choose to study, it is wise to select an awarding organisation that is regulated. The Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) is the Government framework for recognising achievement. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. Details of qualifications that are accredited by the regulators of external qualifications are listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications (RRQ), formerly known as the National Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ). A Level 3 Certificate on the RRQ should be universally accepted. The VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) is an approved and regulated awarding organisation and offers a Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies that is on the RRQ.
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology is perfectly suited to home study / distance learning because it is purely theoretical and requires no hands-on or face-to-face interaction. There are many home study / distance learning courses available. In the past home study / distance learning involved the sending of papers to and from a tutor, but not any more! Online home study / distance learning marks all assessments immediately and so you know straight away how you have done and you are not held up waiting for your tutor to find the time to mark your assessments. ETS offer a VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology in which the whole course is presented and assessed online. You are not left unsupported - you have unlimited contact with an e-tutor who is there to help, guide and encourage to ensure you reach your individual goals.