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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
Fees See the fees and funding below
Module leader Sophie Molloy


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. Upon completion, you 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 taught through online resources, lectures, and discussion groups involving critical incident analysis. You will also use various strategies to encourage your personal development and reflection skills.


Assessment takes the form of an exam (Level 6: 1.5 hours / Level 7: 2 hours) consisting of a combination of multiple choice, short answers and case studies. You must also complete a clinical assessment document signed by a practice assessor.

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.

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
30 credits: £1,800

*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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