In collaboration with the University of Worcester, we offer the only university-accredited qualification which allows you to become a postnatal practitioner.



Highlights of this role 

Once you’ve completed your training you’ll be part of our expert team of specialist postnatal practitioners, helping new parents make sense of the amazing, but sometimes overwhelming, world they can find themselves in. 

That’s why – with the University of Worcester – we offer the Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree, the only university-accredited qualification to become a postnatal practitioner. And during your training course you can also choose to add to your training to deliver other NCT antenatal and postnatal services.

Once qualified you will hold the highly-respected NCT Licence-to-Practise. Plus, you’ll be insured by us and also receive on-going training and development to help keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Your training will prepare you to support every one of the parents you meet in the very best way for them. You will:

  • Use our evidence-based approach to work with parents, in small groups and 1-on-1, to build their confidence. You’ll be sharing accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for them and their family.
  • Be supporting both their emotional and physical wellbeing, and exploring intimate and wider relationship-wellbeing, as well as helping parents understand the world through their baby’s eyes.
  • Be prepared for your work to ripple through the months and years ahead of both parents and their children, as well as their wider families.
  • Support your clients to form a supportive group; many will remain friends for a long time after their course.
  • And because you’ll be self-employed you can choose what postnatal courses to deliver, working just locally or further afield. You'll also be supported by our hassle-free online booking and payment systems.

What will I earn?

Before you start your new life as an NCT postnatal practitioner we want you to be confident it’s the right choice for you – personally, professionally and financially. That's why, unlike some other support providers, we're happy to tell you up-front.

Along with the everlasting thanks of countless new parents, you’ll be paid on an hourly basis, varying according to where you work and the experience you build up.

  • Exactly how much you earn will depend on the size of the area you choose to work across, plus the length and number of courses you deliver.
  • For example, in 2016 the average number of postnatal courses and workshops that practitioners chose to deliver was 5.6, (average 4.2 hours long); although a busier practitioners typically delivered around 25 each.
  • •    Dependent on experience, outside London the hourly rate for an NCT Postnatal teacher is between £18.60 and £30.20 an hour. In London, the rate can be between £24.00 and £39.10 an hour.

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Course format

To become an postnatal teacher you need to successfully complete years one and two of our foundation degree course. The course has five required modules at Level 4, and a variety of optional modules, including antenatal teacher, at Level 5.

You have the choice of full- or part-time study. You’ll get a personal tutor to support you and keep you motivated. In the first year there are regular group sessions and tutorials run in locations around the country. In the second year locations will vary depending on the specialism choices made. Much of the course is convenient, self-directed learning.

Which modules will I study?

Level 4 - one year full time or two years part-time:

  • Reflective practice and listening skills.
  • Facilitating learning in groups.
  • Giving birth.
  • Breastfeeding knowledge.
  • New baby - new family.

Level 5 - one year part-time

  • New baby – new family part 2
  • Facilitating postnatal groups

You can also choose to take another Level 5 option, either alongside or after this, and become qualified in a second role, i.e. antenatal teacher or breastfeeding counsellor. This will make year two a full-time option.

If you have any more questions, have a look at the related documents on the right for more detail, check out our FAQs or contact our friendly admissions team directly using our enquiry form, who are waiting to help you.


Applications for 2019/20 will open on the 1st November 2018 and will remain open until the 30 June 2019 or until the course is full, if this is sooner. The course starts in September 2019 and the academic year will run through until early July the following year. 

The part-time for level 4 modules option will equate to around 15 hours study a week consisting of tutorials/study days/assessment days and self-directed study. In addition you are also required to participate in work based learning. It would then take 4 years to achieve a foundation degree

The full-time option for Level 4 modules will equate to around 30 hours study a week consisting of tutorials/study days/assessment days and self-directed study. In addition you are also required to participate in work based learning. It would then take 2 years to achieve a foundation degree

To help you make the most of the time available and support you to achieve your potential the University of Worcester has developed arrange of Study Skills advice sheets to help you to plan and carry out your coursework and assessments.

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What qualifications do I need to study?

To be accepted on a course you will need a minimum of:

  • One A Level (or equivalent)  at grade C or above.
  • Or an equivalent Level 3 qualification i.e. BTEC or CACHE diploma which carries 32 UCAS tariff points. These qualifications do not have to be in a related subject.

Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications, because we also run an access to training course specially designed to prepare you for our degree course. Just use our course enquiry form for more details.

How much will it cost?

Please head to our Student Funding page for more info.

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Simply apply via UCAS using Institution Code W80 and Course Code L521.

Go to the University of Worcester foundation degree online application form and click on the 'Applying' tab.

Still got some questions? Need some more help with your application?

Please complete the course enquiry form or call us on 020 8752 2453 or 01905543012.