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BSc (Hons)

Sexual Health (Foundation Entry)

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Our Sexual Health Studies course is the UK’s first ever non-clinical undergraduate specialised degree programme and could lead to a career in sexual health services.

Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an Honours programme. It’s entirely unique, and a great stepping stone to degree study.

You’ll develop specialist theoretical knowledge and communication skills to be able to care for clients accessing sexual health services.

You’ll study a range of different topics including: contraception, unplanned pregnancy, sexual health, asymptomatic screening for STIs, blood borne viruses, sexual health policy, safeguarding, sex and relationships education.

Why study with us

  • You’ll learn practical skills including: rapid HIV testing, pregnancy testing and asymptomatic screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
  • The programme is now more important than ever, with new regulations to make Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory in schools.
  • Our programme links theory with practice and also teaches you the lifelong skills of advanced communication, project management and innovation.

What you'll do

  • Gain real-life experiences in international locations in countries such as Uganda, Zambia and the Netherlands.
  • Take on work experience within a variety of sexual health related organisations such as Brook Young Peoples service and George House Trust.
  • Attend real-life sessions and see personal experiences – our students have met up with transgender females and a homosexual male living with HIV.

Module Overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Come and discover why our campus is the perfect place for you. You can ask current students about their experiences and immerse yourself in campus and accommodation tours.

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Future careers

This specialised Sexual Health Studies Foundation Entry 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.

Our graduates have gone on to work as:

  • 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 the University

There’s an opportunity to continue to study at Postgraduate 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)

Fees and Funding

First year£5500 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£13000 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£13000 per year
First year£6000 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£10000 for the first year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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