The History of Itec Anatomy and physiology courses

Published on 27th February 2023

How ITEC Anatomy and Physiology courses have changed over the years

I studied my Anatomy and physiology, wait for it in 1989! Back then it was taught by the founder of the exam board ITEC- the International Examination Council, William Arnould Taylor.

About 300 anatomy and physiology students went to a university lecture hall in London to learn from this man over a weekend. I can remember him teaching the skeletal system and him pulling out a skeleton about 50 cm high. Not great for the students sitting at the back!

Thank goodness things have change since then!

Now the requirement is for the courses to be around 100 hours long.

Back then the exams were essay type and about two to three hours. This carried on for many years. I remember my poor students from my massage school sweating over their exam papers. Back then the exam papers would have to be hand marked and so the results would take at least four weeks to come back to us. Often it would be six.

Now the exam is just 55 minutes long with 50 multiple choice questions. The results come out the same day!

I guess the reason for going that route was massive cost saving and getting a computer to do all the work. Multiple choice sounds easier but out of the 4 answer choices, the 3 wrong answers were written in a way to make you have to really think and know your subject.

Of course back when I provided my a and p course with my massage diploma, it had to be taught in a classroom setting. E-learning hadn’t been invented!I had some wonderful anatomy and physiology teachers, including Jane Johnson a wonderful physiotherapist, author of many books and a highly effective teacher.It is Jane that we filmed with an actual class who you will be taught be in our anatomy and physiology e-course.

So what else has changed?

The VTCT-ITEC Level 3 Anatomy Physiology and Pathology Certificate Course has had the following added:

  • Loads more muscles to know their origins and insertions and actions
  • Chemistry
  • Hair and Nails
  • Many more Pathologies (diseases and disorders) to ensure we work safely with our clients

ITEC was sold to VTCT a few years ago and their qualification is recognised in the following countries:

Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cyprus, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Nambia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

Learners would need to check with the countries Embassy.  America is slightly different as they licence by state.


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