Sexual Health Studies

Sexual Health Studies BSc (Hons)

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    B901

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

 
  • A number of international visits give students real-life experiences in countries such as Uganda, Zambia and the Netherlands.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn key practical skills, rapid HIV testing, pregnancy testing and asymptomatic screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
  • The course is now more important than ever due to new regulations making Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory in schools in England and Wales by 2020.

Course Overview

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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.


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 students, in the past, have attended 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. 

International Trips 2017 (.docx) 2.74mb


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.

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


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
  • Specialist Education Practitioners within Brook Young People's Service
  • Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
  • Outreach and support service
  • Sexual Health Support Workers within the NHS
  • Transitional Coach
  • Graduate Intern roles at UCLan

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.

 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.

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.

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.

India Henry

Third Year BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies 2018

Hannah Roughley

Third Year BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies 2018

 

 

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

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.