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Theory and Practice of Contraception and Sexual Health

Module code NSA 3637 (level 6)
NSA 4637 (level 7)
Credits 30
Start date October 2023
Fees See the fees and funding below
Module leader Venetia Brown


This module aims to create 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 clinical and theoretical skills in contraception and sexual healthy. 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 competent to work clinically in sexual health services.

Course content

This module will cover the following areas:

  • 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


Before you start the course, you will need to source a clinical placement in a sexual health / contraceptive clinic to successfully complete the clinical practice portion of this module and gain a minimum of 32 hours experience. You will be required to have a practice supervisor / assessor who will be responsible for ensuring all the clinical competencies for the course are met.

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.  The teaching and acquisition of clinical skills will take place in the practice setting as well as in the classroom.

Teaching dates

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

  • Tuesday 20th September - induction day online
  • Tuesday 17th October
  • Tuesday 24th October
  • Tuesday 31st October
  • Tuesday 7th November
  • Tuesday 14th November
  • Tuesday 21st November
  • Tuesday 28th November
  • Tuesday 5th December
  • Submission of assignment: 12th January 2024
  • Submission of Clinical assessment document 26th April 2024


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

You must also complete a clinical assessment document signed by a practice assessor.

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2023/24 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £63
30 credits: £1,890

*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 visit our CPD health practitioner page for an application form.

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