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Theory of Contraception and Sexual Health

Module code NSA 3638 (Level 6)
NSA 4638 (Level 7)
Credits 15
Start date October 2023
Fees See the fees and funding below
Module leader Venetia Brown


This module has been designed for registered nurses wanting to further develop their clinical and theoretical skills and effectively contribute to the sexual health services. You will learn to evaluate the impact of sexual health policy and sexual health promotion strategies on service provision. You will develop your skills in working sensitively with clients and understanding the issues and management of contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

Upon completion, you will be deemed competent to advise on sexual health and contraception but will not have the competence to work clinically in contraception and sexual health services. If you wish to complete the theory and practice of contraception and sexual health please follow this link to the NSA3637/4637

Teaching Dates

Teaching will take place on our Hendon campus, London, over 8 study days:

  • Tuesday 20th September 2023 - induction day online
  • Tuesday 17th October 2023
  • Tuesday 21st October 2023
  • Tuesday 7th November 2023
  • Tuesday 14th November 2023
  • Tuesday 21st November 2023
  • Tuesday 28th November 2023
  • Tuesday 5th December
  • Submission of assignment 12th January 2024.

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.

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.


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


  • Level 7 module: Assignment on a complex scenario word count 3000 words
  • Level 6 module: Assignment on a case scenario of 2500 words

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2022/23 academic year unless otherwise stated.

  • £63 per credit.
  • £945 for 15 credits (Theory only)

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

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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