QQI Anatomy & Physiology

Understand the structure and function of the human body with The Cpl Institute.

The purpose of this QQI Level 5 award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationship between its systems.

To be eligible to sit this course you must be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This means that learners must have experience in healthcare, homecare or family care and as such must be deemed competent in a range of learning outcomes. After purchasing, an eligibility form will be emailed to you which must be completed and submitted to confirm your eligibility. *If you don’t meet the requirements you will be refunded your course fee.

If you have no experience in the above areas please contact us to discuss your requirements.

On course completion learner will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Describe the structure and function of a typical animal cell and its organelles
  3. Classify tissues into the four main groups; epithelial, connective, muscle and nervous tissue, identifying the different tissues within each classification
  4. Differentiate between benign and malignant tumours
  5. Outline the composition of bone, including the functions of the skeleton, the main bones of the appendicular and axial skeleton and the structure of a typical long bone
  6. Identify the major categories and functions of joints, differentiating between the four types of synovial joints
  7. Identify the main muscles of the body, differentiating between the three types of muscle and the interconnections between the skeletal and muscular systems in body movement
  8. Outline the structure and function of blood and its role in maintaining immunity both active and passive
  9. Describe the function of the heart including, the structure of arteries, veins and capillaries, the cardiac cycle and the flow of blood through the main blood vessels and blood pressure
  10. Identify the component parts of the lymphatic system, its functions and its relationship with the blood system
  11. Identify the parts of the digestive system, including its associated organs and their function, the parts of the stomach and the functions of each of the four layers of the alimentary canal
  12. Outline the composition of protein, fats and carbohydrate and the process of absorption and the assimilation and metabolism of the breakdown products of digestion
  13. Describe the structure and identify the parts of the respiratory system
  14. Describe the role of muscles, blood and the nervous system in the breathing process
  15. Explain the process of gas exchange in the alveoli
  16. Describe the male and female reproductive systems including; the function of each reproductive organ and the role of hormones in the reproductive process
  17. Explain the terms insemination, fertilisation and implantation and the development of the embryo in the first trimester
  18. Explain the function of the main parts of the brain and how a nerve impulse travels along the nervous system
  19. Differentiate between the Central, Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous Systems, explaining, how reflex action works
  20. Differentiate between endocrine and exocrine glands
  21. Explain the role of hormones in metabolic processes, including the effects of oversecretion and or undersecretion of insulin, thyrosine and growth hormone and the difference between a nervous system and a hormonal system
  22. Explain the urinary system, outlining the gross and microscopic (nephron) structure and function of the kidney
  23. Outline the structure of the skin, including its key parts, main functions and the relationship between the skin, the circulatory system and the nervous system
  24. Reflect on the role of the human body and the interrelationship between the systems of the body

All learning outcomes must be assessed:

  • Assignment 60% – An assignment is an exercise carried out in response to a brief with specific guidelines as to what should be included. An assignment is usually of short duration and may be carried out over a specified period of time.
  • Examination – Theory 40% – An examination provides a means of assessing a learner’s ability to recall and apply knowledge, skills and understanding within a set period of time and under clearly specified conditions. A theory-based examination assesses the ability to recall, apply and understand specific theory and knowledge


  • Pass 50% – 64%
  • Merit 65% – 79%
  • Distinction 80% – 100%

Click on the below for information on RPL, Exemptions & PEL


Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.