Sexual Health Advising Skills (Ug) Certificate in Continuous Professional Development

Location Distance Learning
Duration 1 Year
Course start January, September
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Course outline

The Module is delivered by a blended Learning approach.  There are 3 study Days and an Assessment Day.  The module is run over 3 week-ends over 2 semesters. 

Course content

It will explore different communication models, development of skills and practice of such with the individual presenting to a sexual health adviser, specific cultural and gender issues, and personal values and judgement and impact upon practice.


Issues associated with sexual health advising practice including an epidemiological overview of sexually acquired infections including HIV, the diagnosis and management of sexually acquired infections and HIV will be explored.

The historical background of the public health role of the sexual health adviser, incorporating the models and practice of partner notification and health promoting practice, including both community and hospital based practice will be examined with the development of skills.  Examination of current and future development of the sexual health advisors role with particular reference to the Competency Framework for Sexual health Advisers (SSHA 2013) with be explored. The legal and professional framework of sexual health advising; including historical development and examination of current legislation, professional and ethical guidelines affecting practice will also be examined.

Exploration of specific cultural and gender issues. Examination of personal values and judgements and impact upon practice will also be explored. 

Successful completion of the award will give you 30 credits at Level 6.

Entry requirements

Working in an area where the provision of sexual health is part of the professional role. Students on the Level 7 will have to demonstrate they are able to work at this academic level.

Programme specification


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