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Cervical Screening

Duration: 3 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This module is open to adult nurses working in Practice settings, where they are required to undertake cervical screening as part of their work. There is an expectation that subsequent to successful completion of the module you will be able to take a minimum of 20 samples a year.

It provides practitioners with the opportunity to develop the appropriate knowledge and practical skills to enable them to undertake cervical screening with confidence and competence and to closely examine the ethical and political issues, which underpin cervical screening.

This course requires 4.5 days attendance plus a visit to your local colposcopy clinic. The following topics will be covered:

  • Skills required for high quality sampling
  • Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive tract
  • Pathologies associated with cervical screening
  • Risk factors including sexually transmitted infections, in particular (HPV) Health promotion and lifestyles
  • Care of women undergoing screening/compliance and non-compliance
  • Social implications of screening, political interventions and impact of bad publicity
  • Current research findings and application to the clinical context
  • Psychological factors associated with misdiagnosis or referral for further investigation
  • Auditing and managing a service
  • Undertaking an audit and compiling a report

All funded offers have been issued for the June 2018 intake. We are only considering new applications for the waiting list.

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

We provide excellent support in developing your academic skills along side your clinical ones.

Entry requirements

This module is open to all nurses (except those on Part 9 of the NMC Register) and midwives working in a clinical environment where they are required to undertake cervical screening as part of their work.

The following documents should also be submitted with your application form.

  1. A copy of your highest qualification
  2. A copy of either your passport or birth certificate
  3. If you are applying for funding through Health Education Yorkshire and Humber you should submit a SSPRD Funding Application Form

You are also required to submit the Cervical Screening Declaration Form with your Application Form (see How to Apply).


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

There are two assessments for submission:

1. A workbased e-portfolio for the regional competencies, including the achievement of Green RAG rating, 3 reflections and 2 online learning packages
2. Written audit report on practice - 2500 words

The assessment is the same at level 6 or 7 but the marking criteria is different.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

On completion of this module  you will have the skills to take cervical samples in appropriate settings . Some nurses have taken this module at masters (level 7) and continued to either a postgraduate certificate by adding another module or a full MSc.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

All funded offers have been issued for the June 2018 intake. We are only considering new applications for the waiting list.

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

You are also required to submit the following Cervical Screening Declaration Form with your Application Form (PDF, 173 KB).

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

If you are being funded by HEYH, you will also need to complete a SSPRD funding form:

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.