Cervical Cytology - BSc  CPPD

Course Information

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Monday 12 March 2018 Home / EU - £1,000; Overseas - £2,000 NM3320 Apply Now
Monday 4 June 2018 Home / EU - £1,000; Overseas - £2,000 NM3320 Apply Now

Course Content

This module can be taken as a “stand-alone” module, for nurses and other practitioners seeking to develop their skills, or as part of a BSc Programme.

This module aims to provide you with the requisite knowledge and understanding of the role and function of the National Health Service [NHS] cervical screening programme, and the relevant skills and evidence base for your role as a cervical sampler.

The content of the module will provide you with an understanding of the rationale for cervical screening and general principles of screening in the United Kingdom.   The course content will identify risk factors associated with cervical abnormalities and enable you to understand the natural history of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer, whilst understanding the current and future developments related to cervical screening.

There will be teaching on the skill of cervical sampling, including history taking and infection control, as well as addressing the needs of women with special requirements. There will be visits and presentations on the role of the laboratory and colposcopy departments to provide you with an understanding of these roles related to cervical screening.

Module Dates:

Term 2: 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th March,

Examination Date: 16th April


Term 3:  4th, 5th, 6th and 11th June.

Examination Date: To be confirmed.


Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

You must be registered in the United Kingdom as a nurse.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS:  7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Teaching and Assessment

The assessment is in 2 parts and both parts must be passed to be awarded the 15 credits.

Part 1 consists of a skills schedule and the student must complete 20 supervised smear samples as well as including the annonymised results.  Students must attain a true adequacy rate of 95% for all their samples.

Part 2 is an exam, which is a multiple choice questionnaire [MCQ] consisting of 10 questions.

This is a clinical module and in order for you to complete your portfolio it is imperative that you are working in this area of practice, or have arrangements in place for the required level of supervision.

Application Deadline: