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Contraception and Reproductive Sexual Healthcare

Sexual Health in Practice

Level 6, 30 Credits

Course aim

This course is designed to meet the evolving needs of practitioners holding a first level registration on the NMC Professional Register in the United Kingdom, who wish to develop knowledge and competencies within the contraception and reproductive sexual healthcare environment.

If you are a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor/public health nurse, completing this course will enable you to become professionally competent and confident in giving advice and effective care to people of all ages on matters concerning:

  • fertility
  • fertility control
  • contraception
  • sexuality
  • sexual health promotion
  • sexual health screening
Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £40.00 per credit.

Course length

This Sexual Health course lasts 15 weeks and consists of both theoretical and clinical components.

Course structure

You will complete an initial introductory 5 day study week followed by 7 LJMU-based study days organised over the remaining weeks of the course. 

Clinical experience consists of working with an Instructing Nurse for a minimum of 36 hours within a specialist service. The clinical placement carries a separate additional cost to be paid directly by you to the local service. You should arrange this with the Contraception Services Clinical Manager. 

The clinical placement usually starts early in the course and continues throughout the semester. It usually consists of 12 three-hour long sessions, with one session completed per week.


The programme is delivered over one semester (15 weeks) commencing in September and January as a part-time course.

Course content

During this module, you will study:

  • male and female reproductive anatomy
  • sexual health, development and sexuality 
  • sexual health promotion and education 
  • sexually shared infections 
  • fertility and sub-fertility 
  • contemporary methods of contraception and new developments in contraceptive methods 
  • choice, culture and religion
  • reproductive/sexual health services at local and national level 
  • termination of pregnancy and professional medico-legal and ethical issues 
  • psychosexual problems 
  • well person screening 
  • pre-menstrual syndrome/menopause 
  • sexual health and disability
  • specialist groups and agencies

You will be assessed via:

  • a presentation of a public health poster highlighting an issue related to contraception or sexual health
  • a portfolio of clinical evidence and completed clinical assessment
Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you must:

  • be a Registered Nurse, Midwife or Health Visitor/Public Health Nurse currently on the NMC register
  • have a confirmed clinical placement in an appropriate Contraception and Sexual Health Service

Please note: Your placement within specialist contraception and sexual health services must be confirmed before LJMU can offer you a place.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development course can be studied within the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Development award framework or as a single CPD.

Study dates

Dates for the coming year will be available shortly.

How to apply

If you are funding the course yourself, please apply using the online application form selecting undergraduate from the Level of Entry/Mode of Study drop down.

Further information

Further details are available in our CPD courses for healthcare professionals brochure

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
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T: 0151 231 5829

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