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Relationships and Sexuality Education

25 credits

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Full course description

Explore contemporary issues in relationships and sexuality education and learn how to deliver inclusive lessons that promote respect and diversity.

Are you keen to learn best practice in contemporary relationships and sexuality education (RSE)?

If you’re new to providing RSE to students, or need a refresher, this course will give you the skills you need to deliver engaging, inclusive and interactive lessons. Aimed at educators and health professionals, you’ll explore contemporary issues in RSE, learn how to tackle sensitive topics and engage the wider school community.

You’ll learn from supportive, highly trained professionals with decades of experience and expertise in education, sexology and health promotion.

The course content and associated ‘whole school’ strategies are mapped to the Australian and WA Health and Physical Education Curriculum.

Who is this credential for?


This credential is particularly suitable for:

  • Educators
  • Sexologists
  • Health professionals
  • Pre-service teachers


What you will learn


By completing this credential you will learn to:

  • plan and facilitate creative, interactive and inclusive RSE lessons using appropriate curriculum
  • understand how to use RSE research to inform whole-school based RSE programs
  • be able to critically reflect and discuss aspects of RSE in a comfortable, respectful and non-judgemental manner.


Key Topics

Your learning journey includes access to online modules that cover these key topics:

  • Develop positive attitudes towards relationships and sexuality
  • Plan and deliver RSE education curriculum
  • Understand contemporary issues in RSE
  • Handle sensitive topics
  • Discuss importance of a safe and supportive classroom environment
  • Learn strategies for engaging with parents and the wider community
  • Assess RSE resources
  • Explore strategies which affirm sexual diversity
  • Work confidently and competently in a multicultural environment



To successfully complete this credential, you are required to pass a final assessment. In the final assessment, you’ll develop a lesson plan focused on a contemporary RSE issue discussed in the course. You’ll be provided with guidelines to create a lesson for any school year, approximately 45-50 minutes in duration. You will submit a video demonstrating how you would facilitate part of the lesson (eg: an activity). Note: there is the option to complete this assessment as part of a small group.


Meet your facilitators


Professor Sharyn Burns
Professor Sharyn Burns

Sharyn is a health promotion practitioner and researcher in Curtin’s School of Public Health. Her research targets children, adolescents, young adults and parents and focuses on sexual health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and obesity prevention. She has a strong background in school-based health promotion research and has expertise in conducting evaluations, in mixed methods research and implementing innovative health promotion interventions. Sharyn teaches undergraduate and postgraduate health promotion and public health students and has supervised dozens of postgraduate students to completion.

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Dr Jacqui Hendricks
Dr Jacqui Hendricks

Jacqui is based at the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin. She teaches health promotion and sexology and manages the innovative RSE Project. Jacqui is dedicated to ensuring that young people receive comprehensive, contemporary and engaging relationships and sexuality education (from home, school and elsewhere) and can access best-practice health and/or other support services easily, equitably and without shame. She is a current Board Member of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health.

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Earn a badge


Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.

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This credential provides foundation knowledge in a discipline and doesn't require previous knowledge.

You will also earn 25 credit points which are in line with Australian Qualification Framework Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential. 100 credit points are required to earn a Graduate Certificate at Curtin.


Contact us


For more information on this, or any other questions about Curtin Credentials, email us at or call Curtin Connect at 1300 222 888.


*Curtin may cancel or reschedule a credential at any time and for any reason as it sees fit. The Start Date and the other details of this credentials are provided as a general guide only and may change from time to time.

✝This credential involves 150 hours of online resources, readings, activities and assessments at your own pace. However to pass and gain 25 credit points, you may need to commit further time.

^Learning is done completely online.

§Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

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Duration: 150 hours
Length: 12 weeks

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Delivery Mode: Online^

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Price: $4800 GST excl.§

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