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VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies (QCF)

A knowledge-based qualification which will provide you with a sound foundation to pursue a career as a complementary therapist.

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About This Course

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies (QCF) is a knowledge-based qualification which will provide you with a sound foundation to pursue a career as a complementary therapist.

The following mandatory units are included:

  • UV31299 Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies

The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology.

This qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of the organisation of the body, and the structure, function and pathologies of the skin, hair and nails.

You will also learn about the structure, function and pathologies of the human body systems including, the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary and reproductive system.

Units in this qualification have been mapped to the relevant NOS (where applicable) and the relevant core curricula where they exist. VTCT has ensured that best practice in the workplace has been reflected in the qualification, as well as ensuring that the qualification reflects the required level of knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for the Complementary Therapist at Level 3.

This qualification is accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

This qualification is approved and supported by Skills for Health, the sector skills council for health.

CPPD points: 20

Prerequisite: There are no formal prerequisite qualifications that you must have prior to undertaking this qualification. It is recommended that you have a level of general education comparable to GCSEs. You should be committed to fulfilling the Theory Elements. You must meet the required Guided Learning Hours (GLH) by working through the Theory Elements, taking part in online discussions, assessments and reviews with your tutor and assessor via our Virtual Learning Environment.

Duration: This qualification can be completed in a minimum of 3 months, on average it takes 6 months to complete the theory elements.

Course Delivery: Theory elements are covered online in your own home, in your own time and at your own pace via self study using our Virtual Learning Environment. Anatomy, physiology and pathology is perfectly suited to online delivery because the subject is wholly theoretical therefore the subject can be delivered and learning assessed online. You will be fully supported by your course tutor who’s role it is to help and guide you through the process from beginning to end. Both your tutor and assessor will ensure that you not only reach your goals but maintain industry and awarding body standards.

Case studies: There is no case study requrement for this qualification.

Virtual Learning Resource: Upon enrolment you will be able to login and access your course content. Simply progress through each section and lecture, complete all your written assignments, email them to your tutor for marking and include the final drafts in your Portfolio of Evidence.

Upon completion you will be required to attend our Assessment centre here in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester to sit external and invigilated multiple choice exam papers.

Minimum System Requirement: As this course is delivered via our online Virtual Learning Resource there are some minimum system requirements including:

  • Laptop, PC or MAC
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browsers IE9, IE10, IE11, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Word (or equivalent)

VTCT

Upon completion of Theory elements and written papers a VTCT Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies (QCF) will be awarded.

Progression: On completion of this qualification you may choose to undertake further study; qualifications you could progress to include:

  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (QCF)

On completion of this qualification you may choose to undertake further study; qualifications you could progress to include those in Complementary Therapies including Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy and Crystal Therapy.

What do I do now?

Begin training for a new career or expand your current skill set, enroll on our VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies (QCF)


Your Tutor


Joanne Lee
Joanne Lee

Joanne Lee is a highly qualified and experienced Complementary Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Tutor and VTCT Assessor, specialising in holistic health, well-being, relaxation, vibrational therapy, massage therapy, fertility, pregnancy and stress management, with over 18 years’ experience in the field.

It all started with a migraine and a Reiki treatment from a friend which lead to formal training in Reiki and Swedish Massage. Reflexology and Indian Head Massage quickly followed and she continued to add to her skillset. Joanne began to work with clients struggling with chronic illness and stress, especially work-related stress using complementary therapies.

Joanne set up her own therapy business from her conservatory at home to begin with, moving to bigger business premises in 2007. Joanne then embarked on a journey to be come a tutor and assessor enabling her to deliver professional vocational qualifications and CPD training. Fast forward to today and her business has evolved into The Full Spectrum Centre Limited, an award winning centre for excellence in education, training, development, holistic health and well-being.

Throughout her career she has continued to develop herself professionally, obtaining many certificates in training on various advanced massage skills, Eastern Reiki teachings and Vibrational Therapies including Crystal, Colour and Sound Therapy. She is also a meditation facilitator and Reiki Master Teacher.

Joanne is is devoted to providing our learners with the very best service whilst upholding VTCT and industry standards. She is also honoured to be part of Maureen's mission to exclude no one from receiving treatment and is very much looking forward to delivering the practical elements of the Oncology Massage Course.


Recent Graduations


One of our most recent graduates, Sara Mondaini qualified as a Massage Therapist and attended our Pregnancy Massage CPPD Workshop. Sara of Sara Mondaini Holistic is currently updating her skills studying Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy.



One of our most recent graduates, Vicky Durward qualified as a Swedish Massage Therapist and attended our Pregnancy Massage CPPD Workshop. Vicky of Harmony Holistics by Vicky Durward is currently updating her skills studying Reiki Therapy and Indian Head Massage.

Frequently Asked Questions



+ When does the course start and finish?

Upon enrollment you will receive access to our Virtual Learning Resource where you can commence your study of the Theory Elements online. Practical elements and Assessments are covered onsite at The Full Spectrum Centre in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester. Dates for attendance will be arranged with your tutor after enrollment or you can choose prearranged dates subject to availability. This qualification can be completed in a minimum of 3 months, on average it takes 6 months to complete the practical and theory elements.

+ How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to the theory elements of the course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

+ Why should I choose The Full Spectrum Centre Limited?

Not only do our team of professionally qualified, experienced and passionate holistic therapists/tutors provide dedicated student support, we provide learners with access to our training rooms subject to availability in order for them to have an appropriate space in which to carry out their case studies. When choosing a VTCT qualification you will gain skills and knowledge necessary for success in your chosen career, while gaining an industry-recognised qualification. VTCT is the specialist awarding organisation for the Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Hospitality and Catering and Sport and Active Leisure sectors, with over 45 years of experience. They are an awarding body regulated by national organisations including Ofqual, SQA, DfES and CCEA and a registered charity investing in education and skills but also giving to good causes in the area of facial disfigurement. Westminster Indemnity accept all our course and qualifications for insurance purposes on their policies and our graduates receive discounted rates.

+ What does the cost include?

The cost of this course includes Registration, Record of Assessment Book, Course Materials, Certificate and Assessment Fees.

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