The Course of 5 (C5) is a component of the FSRH Diploma, please click on ‘Qualify’ for full details. It is recommended that trainees have read the Guidelines for trainees attending a C5 assessed workshop prior to booking the course.

Before attending

Prior to attendance at the trainees will have:

  • Passed the eKA
  • Purchased an e-portfolio (fee £50) via ‘MyFSRH’ area of the website
  • Had the 3 pre-entry requirement assessments completed in the e-portfolio
  • Completed module 17 (SDI) for the eSRH package.


The C5 provides an opportunity to:

  • Practise and demonstrate practical skills required for the provision of contraception and testing of STIs
  • Develop increased awareness of the way that personal attitudes, gender, sexual preference and cultural differences impact on SRH consultations in a safe environment
  • Identify areas where further learning is required before proceeding to clinical assessments.
08:30-09:00 Course participants arrive - check off e-learning & make lunch choices
09:00-09:15 Whole Group - Participant Briefing
09:15-10:15 Taking a Sexual History & HIV Pre-test discussion
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 STI Screening & Testing; teaching the use of a condom
11:30-12:35 Young People: Consent, Confidentiality, Fraser Guideline
12:40-12:50 Whole group - Video & complete questionnaire
13:00-14:15 Lunch
14:30-15:30 Practical Aspects of Contraception
15:45-16:45 Managing Sensitive Scenarios
17:00 End of day candidate debriefing and feedback forms - whole group


The C5 comprises 9 assessments. Trainees must demonstrate that they:

  1. Have actively and appropriately participated in a workshop discussion on HIV testing and screening.
  2. Are able to demonstrate how to perform common investigations for sexually transmitted infections on male and female models.
  3. Are able to demonstrate how to teach the use of male condoms.
  4. Are able to have an informed discussion on the assessment and management of women choosing barrier methods of contraception and the principles of fitting these methods.
  5. Are able to demonstrate the insertion and removal techniques for a currently marketed implant on a model arm.
  6. Are able to demonstrate that they can apply the principles of confidentiality, Fraser Guidelines, consent and safeguarding children in clinical scenarios.
  7. Have actively and appropriately participated in a discussion on responding to someone presenting with a psycho sexual problem.
  8. Have actively and appropriately participated in a discussion on responding to a woman presenting with an unwanted pregnancy.
  9. Have actively and appropriately participated in a discussion of the management of men and women who request sterilisation.