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Sexual Health Studies BSc (Hons)

Sexual Health Studies BSc (Hons)

School of Community Health and Midwifery

UCAS Code

B901

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

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:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B901; Short form: BSc/SHS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

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

You will gain knowledge of the impact of Sexual Health on the individual and wider community from a broad perspective, including: 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.  You will have the opportunity to learn key practical skills including rapid HIV testing, pregnancy testing, asymptomatic STI Screening and venepuncture.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 UCAS Tariff points at A Level; General Studies accepted
BTEC: Distinction, Merit, Merit
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

  • Sexual Health and Asymptomatic Screening
  • Sexual Health Communication

Year 3

Core Modules

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

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’.  Recently students have had the opportunity to discuss sexual health issues and perspectives with transgender females, a homosexual male living with HIV as well as BME women discussing their experience of arranged marriage and conflicts between their 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 understanding of sexual health needs from a service user perspective. The degree will also give you lifelong skills including advanced communication skills, project management, innovation and enterprise experience and afford you the opportunity to consider the range of employment opportunities within sexual health related services.


 

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 Community Health & Midwifery 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 service users
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies Students International Visits

The BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies Course offers a number of opportunities to attend trips, nationally and internationally. Most of these are optional but students are encouraged to consider the opportunities available to them to gain not only work-based experience but also life experience. Our current students have visited Amsterdam, Kenya and Zambia.

International Trips 2017 (.docx) 2.74mb

BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies – International Students

Applications are welcomed from students all over the world. Currently we have students from Ghana, Ireland and Lithuania.

International students perspective of studying SH at UCLan (.docx) 15.2kb

Opportunities

Work-Based Experience and Career Opportunities

The Course Team have developed close links with a variety of Health and Education related organisations allowing you to undertake work-based experience opportunities throughout your degree. You will be encouraged to undertake work-based experience within a variety of sexual health related organisations such as Brook Young Peoples service, George House Trust, Youth Zones, Drug and Alcohol Services, Barnado’s as well as some local schools & colleges.

The School of Community Health & Midwifery will pay for your initial DBS, students are then responsible for maintaining this, for use whilst undertaking work-based experience related to the course. Although work-based is not a requirement for completing the course students who have undertaken this have explained that they feel this has helped them to develop a greater depth of understanding of the theory and feel it has helped them to strengthen their grades. A current DBS is not essential at the point of applying for or commencing the course.

Graduate Careers

This specialised degree will open up opportunities in the NHS and primary care trusts, Local Authorities, independent providers of sexual health services and education providers, 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 (Band 5)
  • Specialist Education Practitioners within Brook Young People's Service (Band 5 equivalent)
  • Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (Band 6)
  • Outreach and support service (Band 5 equivalent)
  • Sexual Health Support Workers within the NHS (band 5)
  • Transitional Coach (Band 6 equivalent)
  • Graduate Intern roles at UCLan

What Graduate opportunities are available to me following successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies course?

Progression Routes

There is the opportunity to continue to study at Post Graduate level in the following related topics:

MSc Sexual Health Studies
MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Adult or Mental Health branches)
MA Social Work
MSc Psychosexual Therapy

This list is not exclusive – as achieving 2:2 classification or above in an undergraduate degree is usually sufficient for you to apply for a wider range of other health and social care related topics.

For students with a degree classification of a 2:1 or above may be eligible to apply directly for PhD courses without having undertaken prior Level & (post graduate) Study.

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

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

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

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Professional Accreditation

This course will not equip you to register as a Nurse, Midwife or Doctor but will instead provide you with opportunities to work on the wider aspects of public health and education related directly to sexual healthcare and practice.

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, student-led study groups/journal clubs.

You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways, including assignments, presentations, an exam, video assessment, poster presentations and an academic story book. This multi-dimensional means of assessment allows you to build upon your personal confidence as well as develop knowledge related to 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. The third-year dissertation will allow you to utilise literature searching skills around a topic of your own choice, related to a sexual health issue. Students have previously chosen a variety of topics including HIV and men who have sex with men, contraceptive choices for older females, Sex and Relationship Education provision, chlamydia screening programmes, 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.

Testimonials

"There are several opportunities throughout the degree that allow attendance at sexual health related conferences and information events. In year two of the degree I was given the opportunity to travel to Manchester and attend the National HIV Nurses Association conference. The conference offered a fascinating insight into the effects of HIV as some of the guest speakers shared their lived experiences. It was also extremely valuable to hear about how services are meeting the needs of those with HIV and advances that have been made in testing."

Jane Smith
Year 3, BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies 2017

 

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