Sexual Health Studies BSc (Hons)

Sexual Health Studies BSc (Hons)

School of Community Health and Midwifery




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B901; Short form: BSc/SHS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This is the UK’s first ever non-clinical undergraduate specialised degree programme available on UCAS, and is ideal if you wish to pursue a graduate career in adult and young people’s sexual health services. You’ll study contraception, unplanned pregnancy, sexual health, asymptomatic screening for STIs, blood borne viruses, sexual health policy, safeguarding, sex and relationships education, motivational interviewing and enhanced communication skills, enabling you to develop specialist theoretical knowledge in the care of clients accessing sexual health services.



Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 UCAS Tariff points at A Level; General Studies accepted
Access to HE Diploma: 112 points plus GCSE English/Maths/Science at grade C or FS2 or KS3.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Understanding Health
  • Study and Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Introduction to Sexual Health
  • Cultural and Sociological Perspectives of Sexuality
  • Communication and Collaboration

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Principles of Contraception and Prevention of Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Principles of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Asymptomatic Screening
  • Effective Communication and Engagement in Sexual Health
  • The Research Process
  • Principles of Blood Borne Viruses
  • Design and Delivery of sex and relationship education across the age consortium

Year 3

Core Modules

  • Personal and Professional Development in Sexual Health
  • Health Promotion Within Sexual Health
  • Dissertation
  • Global Perspectives of Sexual Health
  • Sexual Health Perspectives of Safeguarding (Adults and Children)

Further Information

This programme provides you with the appropriate knowledge and skills required to undertake a variety of future careers within adult and young person’s sexual health services. 

You will gain skills in contraception, unplanned pregnancy, sexual health, asymptomatic screening for STI’s, blood borne viruses, sexual health policy, safeguarding, sex and relationships education, motivational interviewing and enhanced communication skills.

This degree utilises UCLan’s COMENSUS (Community, Engagement and Service Users Support group).

This department allows services users the ability to attend relevant sessions throughout the course to presents ‘real-life experiences’.


You will have the opportunity to learn key practical skills, rapid HIV testing, pregnancy testing , asymptomatic STI Screening and venepuncture .

Recently students have had the opportunity to discuss sexual health issues and perspectives with transgender male and females, a homosexual male living with HIV, and BME women discuss arranged marriage and clashes related to culture and sexual health. These lived experiences allow students to ask questions which supports them in developing understanding of an individual’s needs. The students have rated this highly allowing them to link theory with practice developing understating of sexual health care from a service user perspective. The degree will also give you lifelong skills including advanced communication skills, project management, innovation and enterprise experience, and further employment opportunities within sexual health related services.

The School of Health is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our programmes. The approaches to delivery and the content of our programmes aim to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives 
  • Everyone counts


The programme has developed close links with a variety of health organisations allowing you to undertake volunteering opportunities throughout your degree. You’ll be encouraged to volunteer within a variety of sexual health related organisations such as Brook, George House Trust, Youth Zones, local CaSH services within the NHS, Drug and Alcohol services, and Barnados.

You’ll have the opportunity to go on international trips. The 2nd and 3rd year students visited Zambia to undertake a volunteering experience in the provision of education and health promotion for sexual health and HIV. You’ll also get the chance to experience a field trip to Amsterdam to look at the diversity and challenges within sexual health .

This specialised degree will open up opportunities in the NHS and primary care trusts, Local Authorities, independent providers of sexual health services and education locally and nationally.

Recent graduates have been successful in undertaking full time careers in the area they volunteered within upon graduating. These include:

  • Community Sexual Health Development Workers within the NHS
  • Education Practitioners within Brook young people's sexual health charity
  • Independent Sexual Violence Advisor- Outreach and support service
  • Sexual Health Support Workers within the NHS

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: TBC per 20 credit module

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

We promote student centred learning. That means that we encourage you to become an independent learner through a variety of strategies including lectures, group discussions, workshops, seminars.

You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways including assignments, presentations, video assessments, poster presentations and academic story books. This multi-dimensional means of assessment allows you to build upon your personal confidence as well as develop knowledge around sexual health. This innovative way of assessment has been positively acknowledged by the students and has moved away from traditional means of multiple assignment based assessment. Your third year research dissertation will allow you to utilise literature searching around a topic of your own choice linked to sexual health. Students have previously chosen a variety of topics including HIV and men who have sex with men, contraceptive choices for older females, SRE provision, chlamydia, abortion provision and unplanned pregnancy.

I chose to come to the University of Central Lancashire because I was interested in sexual health and this is the only specific degree programme being offered in the UK.