Sexual Health Awareness

Providing you with a fundamental understanding of the key issues surrounding sexual health.


Why take this course?

In 2015, there were over 450,000 positive diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England alone.

This course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of sexual health, allowing you to expand your understanding of the related issues.This course is a great option if you are looking into beginning a career within this particular field, or if you simply want to increase your awareness of the different types of STIs. The course will also explore helpful tips in how to maintain positive intimate relationships, as well as covering the mechanics of human reproduction.

This short, auto-marked programme will give you the knowledge essential in understanding the impact and key aspects of sexual health. It is a great addition to your CV, and will highlight your commitment to health and social care issues.

What you will experience

This course has five main sections.

Section 1: Relationships
This section will increase your knowledge of various influencing factors such as friendships, relationships, intimacy and the legal age for sexual activities. You will also explore the reasons why people may enter into close relationships - linking this to fundamental, basic human needs.

Section 2: Sexually transmitted infections
In this section you will study different types of STIs, how they are transmitted, their symptoms, and finally the effects of untreated Chlamydia, HIV and AIDS.

Section 3: Human reproduction
This module looks into the anatomy of sexual health awareness, so you will learn about the male and female reproductive organs, as well as the process of menstruation.

Section 4: Contraception
This section explores the different methods of contraception available, their advantages and disadvantages, and where they can be obtained from.

Section 5: The media
In the final section you will learn about the portrayal of sex in the media, and how society responds to such depictions. You will also contemplate how society and the media need to change and be much more dynamic in their representations of sex, in order to more accurately reflect the state of sexual health awareness in modern day society.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.