Frequently asked questions about training with us.
- What are the entry requirements for the course?
The minimum entry requirements for the course are:
One A level (or equivalent) at Grade C or above or an equivalent Level 3 qualification (ie a BTEC/CACHE or Access to HE Diploma) which carries 32 tariff points.
These qualifications do not have to be in a related subject.
If you do not have these qualifications we offer an access course.
- What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be an antenatal teacher?
You need to apply for the foundation degree. You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the antenatal pathway modules at Level 5.
- What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be a breastfeeding counsellor?
You need to apply for the foundation degree. You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the breastfeeding pathway modules at Level 5.
- What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be a postnatal practitioner?
You need to apply for the foundation degree. You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the postnatal pathway modules at Level 5.
- What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be a doula?
There are 2 options:
You need to complete the foundation degree. You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the doula pathway modules at Level 5.
You need to apply for the access course.
You will then complete the doula pathway modules at Level 5 of the foundation degree.
- I am already trained as a midwife or nurse, what course do I need to apply for?
Although you have excellent experience and qualifications from your midwifery/nursing training, because of the NCT and the University APEL requirements, if you want to practice for NCT then you would need to complete our training starting with the foundation degree.
- Can I get help with fees?
Please see our Student Funding page.
- Where can I study the course?
Although the NCT course is run in partnership with the University of Worcester, much of the training is delivered around the country.
At level 4 there are regular group sessions and tutorials. At level 5 locations will vary depending on the specialism choices made. Much of the course is convenient, self-directed learning. Locations for study in 2020/21 can be found on our foundation degree page.
- How many hours of study are involved?
This very much depends on your needs and preference, but includes face-to-face, on-line and self-directed study. This flexible use of blended-learning allows students to organise their study in a way that best suits their life-style.
As the course is full-time, you will need to attend module and core tutorial study days for approximately 2-3 days per month. You should allow around 30 hours a week study time in total for the course.
What happens if I live in Scotland or Northern Ireland?
Currently, we do have a core tutorial and module study group in both Edinburgh and Belfast, please contact our admissions team for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What happens if I live overseas?
We welcome overseas students, and tutors will support them self-directed and on-line learning as much as possible. Overseas students will need to attend study days which are offered only in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland. To discuss opportunities for overseas students, please email email@example.com.
- What happens after I qualify?
Depending on what specialisms you choose at Level 5, once qualified, you will become an NCT specialist practitioner and hold our highly respected licence-to-practise. Please visit our specialist roles page to find further information about each role, and how you could help NCT deliver services in your area.
- What will my employment status be once I have qualified?
Each of our NCT specialist practitioners is self-employed, contracting with NCT to deliver antenatal and/or postnatal services. As a self-employed practitioner you will be expected to meet certain criteria each year in order to be issued with a Licence to Practice, which enables you to deliver services for NCT. Please visit our specialist roles page to find further information about becoming self-employed and running courses and/or sessions.
- How does NCT support me after I qualify?
Upon successful completion of the programme of study, qualified students are supported by NCT in a number of ways:
1. Roles at NCT
Please see our specialist roles with NCT page for more information regarding running courses on a self-employed basis with NCT.
2. NCT Licence-to-Practise
Students gain an NCT Licence-to-Practise in a particular specialism.
3. On-going CPD
As part of continuing professional development, qualified students are required to attend regular study days and to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.
4. Information provision
We support on-going CPD by providing information on evidence-based practice for our students and qualified teachers, counsellors and postnatal leaders.
- How can I contact you for more information?
If your questions have not been answered within the FAQ's please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our admissions line on 0208 752 2453 or 01905 543012