Our Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond enables you to work as an NCT practitioner and support parents through pregnancy and parenthood.

Antenatal practitioner

At the end of your studies you will qualify as a NCT Specialist Practitioner – choosing a role that is right for you. 

We work in partnership with University of Worcester to provide a flexible learning structure with options for full-time and part-time study and our courses are run in a large range of locations around the country. 

Being an NCT Specialist Practitioner means you will:

  • Work in a rewarding role with parents.
  • Become self-employed and run courses in your local area.
  • Benefit from infrastructure and resources of the UK’s largest parenting charity.
  • Use our centralised booking system for parents to book on your courses.

Course format

The course consists of two levels: level 4 and level 5. You can either study the course over two years full-time or four years part-time.

What modules will I study?

Level 4 (compulsory modules) - 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.

In the first year (level 4) you will need to attend one core and one module location*:

Core locations

  • London Paddington
  • London Euston
  • London Waterloo
  • Belfast
  • Edinburgh
  • Redhill
  • South Wales and Bristol
  • Havant
  • Peterborough
  • Manchester
  • High Wycombe
  • Exeter
  • Derby
  • Birmingham
  • Worcester

Module locations

  • London Paddington
  • London Euston
  • Edinburgh
  • Belfast
  • London Waterloo
  • Sheffield
  • Bristol
  • Worcester

*Although most study groups are offered each year, they are subject to numbers.

Level 5 - one year full time or two years part-time

You can choose from the following pathways and build your modules to suit you, or alternatively you can choose just one specialist pathway to enable you to qualify in the area you wish to practise in:

In the second year (Level 5) locations will depend on which specialist pathway you choose, as we are not able to run all modules in all locations. Locations are also subject to having viable student numbers. Antenatal, Breastfeeding and Postnatal are offered (depending on student number viability) across:

  • London
  • Bristol
  • Worcester
  • Sheffield
  • Edinburgh
  • Belfast.

NCT Yoga pathway and NCT Baby massage are offered in Reading. NCT Birth doula is offered in Worcester.


The course starts in September and the academic year will run through until early July the following year.

Whether you choose to study full or part-time, your coursework is distributed evenly throughout the year to make sure you can work at your best and meet course targets.

The part-time option needs around 15 hours study a week, consisting of self-directed study and around 2-3 days a month in tutorials/study days/assessment days. You will also need to participate in some work-based learning. Studying part-time will take four years to achieve a foundation degree.

The full-time option will need around 30 hours study a week, consisting of self-directed study and around 3-4 days a month in tutorials/study days/assessment days. You will also need to participate in some work-based learning. Full-time study will take just two 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 a range of Study Skills Advice Sheets to help you to plan and carry out your coursework and assessments.

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.


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.

Please contact admissions@nct.org.uk for further advice regarding qualifications and entry requirements. 

How much will it cost?

The fees are set by the University of Worcester on an annual basis. The fees for the 2019/20 academic year, charged by the University of Worcester, are:

  • Full-time fees: £7,320
  • Part-time fees: £3,660

Some students can pay their fees by applying for a non means-tested tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company via Student Finance England. The fees are paid direct to the University on your behalf and are available to eligible Home and EU students. Students may also be eligible for maintenance loans or childcare help.  Applications for student finance are made online, or by phone 0300 100 0607.

If you’re not eligible for a Tuition Fee loan through Student Finance England, we will award a grant to reduce the fees students will pay:

  • For full-time students who are unable to access student finance: £1,000 (reducing 2019/20 fees to £6,320).
  • For part-time students who are unable to access student finance: £500 (reducing 2019/20 fees to £3,160).

We also offer another bursary to assist with funding the course if you are not eligible for student finance. To learn more about this, please visit student funding and bursaries.

How to apply

Applications for 2019/20 are open until Sunday 30 June 2019.

To apply for full-time study

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

To apply for part-time study

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

Still have questions?

Come to our Applicant day!

  • We are holding 2 applicants days on the 18th May and 15th June 2019 at the University of Worcester, St John’s Campus
  • The day will run from 11.00 – 3.00 pm approx.
  • It is a chance for anyone interested to find out more information about the course and what happens after. (transition to practice)

If interested, please book through the University of Worcester’s website.

If you have any questions, take a look at our FAQs or contact our friendly admissions team by using our online enquiry form, emailing admissions@nct.org.uk or calling 020 8752 2453 or 01905 543012.

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