Turn ambition into action with our Access to Training course. This course is the ideal preparation for our university-accredited course and a rewarding life as an NCT practitioner.

access to training

Our Access to Training course, delivered in partnership with the Open College Network, is ideal for people:

  • who may not have studied for some time,
  • whose qualifications don’t meet the Level 3 requirements,
  • who would like a change in career having had children
  • who would like to study to become an NCT Doula only.

The course will provide you with an introduction to all of the key aspects of NCT practitioner training. It prepares you for the Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree by providing you with the necessary entry requirements.

If you would like to train as a Doula (and are not already an NCT practitioner), you can apply for the NCT Doula Level 5 training after gaining a Pass on this course.

What will I study?

On this course you will be introduced to all of the key areas of NCT practitioner training, which includes:

  • Understanding the NCT philosophy and marketplace
  • Anatomy and physiology of labour
  • Birth and the first few hours after birth – the ‘golden’ hour
  • Active birth skills such as use of different positions, massage, breathing patterns and relaxation
  • Supporting new families
  • Reflective practice
  • Study skills
  • Speaking and listening
  • Introduction to counselling skills

The course takes up to 15 students, who complete the modules together as one group.

Entry requirements

Completion of a successful interview (which may be by phone or in person).


This course is accredited by the Open College Network London. On successful completion of this course, you will meet the entry requirement for the Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree.

Alternatively, you can apply for the NCT Doula Pathway if you wish to become an NCT Doula only. 

At NCT we regularly review what we do so that we keep providing the best training possible.

We are currently looking at how we train practitioners so that we reach even more parents. This means that our training will look different in the years to come.

We are very proud to offer the only University accredited training for antenatal teachers, breastfeeding counsellors, postnatal practitioners, yoga teachers and doulas. Although the way we train students may change in the future we are committed to taking all current students and those who start with us in September through their foundation degree and into practice.

We hope you will join us in September to begin an amazing journey that will qualify you to work with parents at one of the most exciting times of their life. Join us now to be an NCT practitioner of the future.

Study schedule and locations

The Access to Training course consists of six study days and are usually from 10.30am to 4pm, conveniently allowing time for travel (self-funded). There is one residential weekend - students have to pay for their own accommodation.

Dates and locations for our next course are below, subject to venue confirmation:

Thursday 2nd April 2020- Waterloo, London

Saturday 25th April 2020- University of Worcester

Sunday 26th April 2020- University of Worcester

Thursday 7th May 2020- Waterloo, London

Thursday 21st May 2020- Waterloo, London

Thursday 11th June 2020- Waterloo, London

 Please email accesscourse@nct.org.uk for more information.

Our current Access course has now started, please check back here for future course information. 

Course costs

The cost of the six day course is £450.

Payment of £150 is needed one month in advance of the course starting in order to reserve your place. The remaining £300 is payable one month after the course commences. An option to pay in three monthly instalments is available.

Work opportunities

This course gives you an overview of the key aspects of NCT practitioner training. Further training with us can lead to a variety of flexible and rewarding roles, including:

  • facilitating antenatal classes for NCT and the NHS
  • leading yoga for pregnancy classes
  • providing breastfeeding information and support as a breastfeeding counsellor
  • facilitating postnatal groups
  • providing support for parents as a doula.

With additional training it’s also possible to work as an NCT assessor, supervisor, mentor or tutor.

How to apply

To apply for the Access to Training course, contact Jane Franks, who will be happy to talk you through the options. You can email her at Accesscourse@nct.org.uk or call 0208 752 9021.


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