Contraception and Sexual Health: Theory Only

Module codeNSA 3638 / NSA 4638
Level6 / 7
Module leaderSophie Molloy
Start dateSeptember 2018


This module aims to develop health care practitioners who are able to work sensitively with clients and are able to understand the issues and management of contraception and sexually transmitted infections.  Completion of this module will give nurses a strong foundation of the theoretical skills in contraception and sexual health. It will enable health care practitioners 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. Nurses will be deemed to give advice but not competent to practice. The clinical component may be undertaken within 3 years of completing the theory component if required.

Course content

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.

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 be through blended learning which will entail online resources and lectures as well as face to face lectures and discussion groups involving critical incident analysis.

You will be required to attend one day a week over 9 weeks. The teaching and acquisition of clinical skills will take place in the practice setting as well as in the classroom.


  • You will be assessed via an examination containing multiple choice and short answer questions (1.5 hours for level 6 or 2 hours for level 7)
  • Additionally for level 7, you will be examined via a clinical scenario addressing a complex contraceptive and sexual health issue

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.

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