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Contraception and Sexual Health: Theory and Practice

Module codeNSA 3637 / NSA 4637
Level6 / 7
Module leaderSophie Molloy 
Start dateOctober 2021


This module aims to develop you as a health care practitioner to work sensitively with clients and understand the issues and management of contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

Completion of this module will give you a strong foundation of clinical and theoretical skills in contraception and sexual health. It will enable you, as a health care practitioner, to contribute more effectively to the sexual health services and to evaluate the impact of sexual health policy and sexual health promotion strategies on service provision.

You will be deemed competent to work clinically in sexual health services.

Course content

This course is suitable for all registered nurses wanting to advise on contraception and sexual health, such as those working within general practice, abortion services or sexual health.

This module will cover the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive system
  • Assessment of men and women accessing contraceptive and sexual health services
  • Contraceptive methods, their counselling and management
  • Testing, diagnosis, treatment and management of sexually transmitted infections
  • Current clinical and evidence based guidelines and the cultural and psychological effect of sexual health
  • Diverse client groups, their needs and care
  • Legal, ethical, professional dilemmas in contraceptive care.

Students are required to secure their own placement prior to being accepted on to the course. Along with your application a clinical placement agreement should be submitted.

Learning, teaching and assessment

A range of strategies will be used to encourage personal development, reflection and discussion through seminars and small groups. Teaching will entail online resources and lectures as well as discussion groups involving critical incident analysis.

You will be required to join one day a week (via zoom) over 8 consecutive weeks, Wednesdays 6 October – Wednesday 25 November, Induction day 23 September 2021. The teaching and acquisition of clinical skills will take place in the practice setting over 35 hours.


  • You will be assessed via an online-timed examination containing multiple choice and short answer questions and a clinical scenario at level 6 or level 7 (1 hour for both level 6 and level 7)
  • Exam dates in January 2022, resit exam May 2022
  • Clinical assessment document submission May 2022

Fees and funding

There are several funding options available:

  • Receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • Paying your own fees
  • Sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

How to apply

To apply for this module, please complete the Nursing CPD application form.

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