Sexual Health Practice

Sexual Health Practice BSc (Hons)

Our part-time BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Practice course explores research and examines evidence-based practice related to the health and social care needs of individuals and communities related to sexual health. The clinical modules have been specifically designed to enable first level NMC Registered Practitioners to prepare for professional qualifications including the Nurse Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (NDFSRH) and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV STIF Competencies.

You can choose to study from a broad range of sexual health related topics which will support your career development within the speciality; these include sexually transmitted infections, contraception (subsequent and/or first issue), blood borne viruses, non-medical prescribing, safeguarding (adults and children), sex and relationship education; all modules affording for opportunities to develop the theoretical knowledge and/or clinical skills in caring for clients accessing sexual health services.

To enable registered practitioners with the skills and knowledge to give caring, compassionate, safe and competent sexual health care. This will support practitioners to be able to extend and innovate their care through research based reflective practice and effective care management. The programme aims to enhance student employability and provide students with an opportunity to become ‘Qualified in speciality’ if they have not already done so; share professional practice knowledge and insight.

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • Critically examine and contribute to strategies designed to promote change in sexual health delivery in the light of research findings.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the knowledge base and research that underpins sexual health practice and client management.
  • Critically appraise sexual health promotion and education strategies to meet the needs of a diverse client group
  • Analyse the role of the sexual health practitioner within the current political context and to demonstrate the skills required to work within an integrated sexual health service.
  • Critically analyse ethico-legal issues and professional accountability within practice.
    Recognise the underpinning value of client participation and decision making within sexual health practice.
  • Utilise and apply evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate a problem solving approach to decision making using a range of diverse and complex information sources.
  • Critically analyse issues relating to professional practice.
  • Have the knowledge and courage to support practitioners to be able to challenge practice.
  • Demonstrate presentation skills
  • Demonstrate Information Technology skills
  • Undertake personal development planning and career planning
  • Demonstrate reflection, self-awareness and the ability to communicate within sexual health practice in a non-judgemental way.

As an NMC Registered Practitioner you are able to choose from a range of option modules that may require a placement within a sexual health service to enable them to achieve the clinical competencies. The competencies have been designed in line with standards for practice from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV.

Our graduates are currently working as Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) Nurse (Band 5, 6 or 7), Genito-urinary Nurse, Sexual Health Outreach Nurse, Chlamydia Screening Programme Nurse and HIV Nurse.

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from Post-registration Recruitment, Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839, Email:

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Part Time Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September, January or April (This can be negotiated with the Course Leader)

  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: N/A
    Part-time: TBC

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Entry Requirements

First level Nurses, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses with current registration on the NMC professional register.
Holds 120 credits or equivalent at Level 5 study; this should preferably be via a Diploma in Higher Education course but not for those students with no prior academic credit/qualifications; an APEL portfolio route is available in order for students to demonstrate the ability to study and achieve Level 5 outcomes and show equivalent to DipHE (Please note this takes time, an APEL claim should be started at least nine months prior to the start of the academic year in September).

For clinical competency based modules, interested practitioners should have a placement that allows them to achieve the clinical skills and competency required to meet the assessment strategy. This will also require satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) which the School of Health will help guide you through the process.

Please note there is no Accreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning that can be applied on to this course, because it is a top-up degree programme, except in the case of students holding a pass in a UK Level 6 Mentorship module, which can be counted as one option module.

If you are not a registered practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Council but have a keen interest in Sexual Health you may wish to consider applying for our full-time undergraduate programme: BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies.

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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.

Course Overview

Students are required to complete a total of 120 credits at Level 6 study to be awarded the BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Practice; This includes 60 credits (c) from core modules and a further 60 credits from option modules.

The option modules chosen may be selected from a range of modules at level 6. These aim to provide choice and flexibility enabling you to meet your particular practice and professional needs. Within the BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Practice programme students will be NMC registered and may be employed within a range of NHS or alternative organisations. This programme is therefore designed to meet the educational needs of a diverse range of practitioners/clinical roles. 

Core modules:

  • MW3034 Contemporary Context of Sexual Health (20c)
  • MW3992 Dissertation (40c) or MW3024 Practice Development (40c)

Option modules:

  • MW3032 Contraception: Theory & Practice (20c)
  • MW3134 Contraceptive and Sexual Health Update (20c)
  • MW3643 Contraception: First Issue of Hormonal Contraceptives (20c)
  • MW3019 Cervical Screening in Practice (10c) & MW3981 Student Initiated Module (10c)
  • MW3982 Student Initiated Module (20c)
  • MW3060 Sexually Transmitted infections: Theory & Practice (20c)
  • MW3062 HIV & Hepatitis (20c)
  • MW3301 Sexual Health Promotion (20c)
  • MW3008 Leadership & Organisational Development (20c)
  • MW3037 Sex and Relationship Education across the Age Continuum (20c)
  • MW3028 Sexual Health Global Perspectives (20c)
  • MW3029 Sexual Health Perspectives of Safeguarding (Adults and Children) (20c)
  • NU3023 Non-Medical Prescribing (40c)
  • NU3096 Multi-professional Support of Learning & Assessing Practice (20c)
  • MW3036 Sexuality and Gender (20c)
  • MW3033 Sexual Dysfunction (20c)

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Teaching and learning is delivered through a number of different media, which includes: lectures, tutorials, debates, group work, presentations, seminars, reflection, practical workshops and clinical experience, structured storytelling and client/user feedback.

Depending on choice of optional modules, assessment will include: essays, critical reflective account, written reports, oral presentations, clinical competency documentation, case studies, development of sex and relationship education materials, a work-based project or a Dissertation of 10,000 words.

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As an NMC Registered Practitioner you are able to choose from a range of option modules that may require a placement within a sexual health service to enable them to achieve the clinical competencies. The competencies have been designed in line with standards for practice from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare and the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV.

All members of the sexual health team are qualified nurses with a current NMC nurse teacher registration.

The team have a wide range of expertise and skills within sexual health practice and all have worked as sexual health nurses and continue to maintain their skills and knowledge through honorary contracts with local services.

The team keep up-to-date with evidence-based practice and utilise research-based evidence to inform teaching; they are Associate Members of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health, as well as members of other professional forums (BASHH, NHIVNA, GUNA & Higher Education Academy).

Debbie Brittain (Senior Lecturer)
Claire McCausland (Lecturer)
James Meek (Lecturer)
Debbie Mennim (Lecturer)


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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

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For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.