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Pathology & Disease home study course (1 year)

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Alternative Training provides professional high quality home study courses for students and practitioners of alternative medicine. They are ideal for anyone who desires flexible learning. Study can be done anywhere in the world and be started whenever you like. The courses can be spread over long time periods so they can be fitted into busy life schedules.

This course provides a supporting knowledge of orthodox medicine to give alternative practitioners a sound understanding of the functioning and malfunctioning of the human body. This essential learning will help with the assessment and treatment of patients, and in decision making in referring patients to other practitioners.

Units: 1-4
Study Hours: 175 - 225
Time: estimated 12 months (timing up to you)
Re-enrolment: No re-enrolment for two years

The emphasis is on the management of cases which are commonly seen in clinical practice, together with recognition of warning symptoms which may require referral to another practitioner.

The course can be taken on its own, but the Anatomy & Physiology Course provides the ideal study necessary before starting the Pathology & Disease Course.

The course is carried out by home study, and takes about 175 - 225 hours to complete. There is no strict timetable for the completion of the course - you work through the learning materials at your own pace.

The Course Materials

We send you the printed course manual, which contains 4 course units of 30 - 40 pages plus the essential textbook for the course.

The textbook

  • Gascoigne: the Clinical medicine Guide - A Holistic Perspective

    Each unit contains explanatory text, reading references for the textbook that accompanies the course, short self-assessment questions and longer assignments.

    You will also be given contact details for your tutor, if you have purchased the course with tutor marking.


  • a very practical approach to study, including assignments that often require case research relating to students own therapy
  • emphasis on recognising important conditions and danger signs that may need referral to other practitioners
  • specially developed to provide essential learning for the study of Alternative Medicine
  • clearly presented, easy to follow and thorough in content
  • personal tutors give guidance and feedback
  • highest level of support by post or email
  • study days with tutors and students
  • study can be started and finished at any time
  • work at your own speed and pace - timetable to suit you
  • no prior medical training is required
  • continuous assessment provides ongoing feedback and motivation
  • there are no exams
  • certificates are awarded on completing the courses
  • course is regularly updated


    Rigorous external assessment is provided through completion of the comprehensive assignments sets, with high standards of tutor marking. The course certification is equivalent to a UK vocational 'A' level or NVQ Level 3 and will provide you with a solid foundation should you wish to undertake further study.

    The course certification is widely accepted, recommended and used by many schools, colleges and individuals as part of their integrated training programmes. If you have further education in mind we recommend that you check with your college to make sure our course is recognised for the necessary high standards. We are happy to help in this respect.

    There are 4 - 6 assignments at the end of each unit that you send to your tutor by post or e-mail. These are assessed and returned to you.

    To complete the course, you have to attain a passing grade in each of the assignments. You will then be awarded Alternative Training's Certificate.

    Please note: you will only be assigned a tutor, be able to send work for assessment and receive a certificate on completion of the course if you purchase it with tutor marking. If you purchase the course without tutor marking, it is possible to upgrade it to include the services of a tutor later.

    By purchasing a distance-learning course from Alternative Training you are assured of receiving a high quality of product, service and care. We are registered members of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA), who are recognised by the public and doctors alike as the leading organisation in the field of ethical, professional complementary medicine. The CMA is totally dedicated to representing 'the professional face of complementary medicine' and promoting research, education and knowledge in the field.

  • The Association of the British Correspondence College (ABCC)
  • The British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA)
  • The Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
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    P&D Diploma (Equivalent to UK vocational 'A' Level/NVQ 3)


    £335 (UK price)


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