Our unique Certificate of Higher Education in Perinatal Education and Practice has been designed to allow you to develop a role as an NCT Practitioner, enabling you to support, inspire and guide new parents through pregnancy and the early days of parenthood.

Antenatal practitioner

At the end of your studies you will qualify as an NCT Practitioner, which 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.

To enquire about the course please fill in our online enquiry form.

Course format

The CertHE can be studied as a one year full-time course, or two year part-time course with an additional placement element which forms part of your learning in the workplace. 

What modules will I study?
  • Pregnancy and birth: knowledge and physicality 
  • Breastfeeding knowledge
  • Understanding the new baby and transition to parenthood
  • Reflective practice
  • Facilitating learning in groups
  • Informed decision making in practice

In addition to regular face to face online taught sessions, there will be a monthly face to face in person taught session held once a month at the following study centres (subject to student numbers):

  • Bristol
  • London (exact location tbc at a later date)
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
Practice placement

Whilst studying on the modules above, you will also begin your placement element of the training to gain your practice experience. This forms part of your learning in the workplace on the CertHE. 

You will be allocated a Placement Practitioner who will guide you through a portfolio of competencies that you will be required to achieve.

You will begin this element with observing our antenatal courses with parents and through your learning and practice eventually run a course within your local area (subject to availability).

Your learning will also map directly into certain assignments of the modules on the CertHE.

As this element is competency based, we anticipate that this could take up to 18 months to complete. On successful completion of the practice placement element and the CertHE you will then gain your NCT Licence to Practise.


The course starts in September and the academic year will run through until early July the following year. Your coursework is distributed evenly throughout the year to make sure you can work at your best and meet course targets. 

If studying full-time, you will need around 30 hours per week to study. This consists of some guided independent study and an online face-to-face taught session. Once a month your taught session will be in person at one of our study centres. In addition, you will also need to complete the placement practice element of the course. 

If studying part-time, you will need around 15 hours per week to study over two academic years. This consists of some guided independent study and an online face-to-face taught session. Once a month your taught session will be in person at one of our study centres. In addition, you will also need to complete the placement practice element of the course. 

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.

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

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

  • One A Level (or equivalent) at grade C, or other acceptable equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC or CACHE or Access to HE diploma which carries 32 UCAS tariff points. These qualifications do not have to be in a related subject.


  • GCSE English language at Grade C/4 or evidence of Level 2 literacy, e.g. key skills or functional skills at level 2.

We welcome applicants who may not meet our standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and have relevant work experience.

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

Recognition of prior learning

Applicants requesting individual case assessments will need to contact and be assessed for eligibility by the Education Operations Manager by emailing admissions@nct.org.uk.

How much will it cost?

The fees are set by the University of Worcester on an annual basis. The full-time fees for the 2022/23 academic year, charged by the University of Worcester, are £9,250. Part-time fees are charged on a pro-rata basis.

Student finance

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 directly to the University on your behalf for eligible 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.

Self-funding students

For students who are self-funding, fees are payable directly to the University of Worcester and can be paid in six instalments from October to March, to help spread the cost.


To demonstrate NCT's commitment to inclusion and to extend our reach into key areas of geographical need, we are launching a new bursary fund to support those students not eligible for student finance, have a lower household income and/or are from under-represented groups at NCT.

On completion of a successful application and assessment, any bursary awarded will be given as a fee waiver on a discretionary basis.

Application forms can be requested from bursaryfund@nct.org.uk once an offer has been made on the course. 

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How to apply

Full-time applications are made through UCAS and the course code is: L523. Please visit www.ucas.com.

Part-time applications are made directly through the University of Worcester website, apply part time.

Applications open until 30th June 2022 for our next intake in September 2022.

We are taking positive action to increase diversity throughout our organisation, at all levels, and to nurture a culture of inclusion for all our people and the parents and families that we support. This includes developing the Affinity Network, a support network for NCT's Black and Brown practitioners, students and staff, led by experienced Senior Practitioners voluntarily. Please see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action page for more details.
We are committed to zero discrimination both internally and externally regardless of visible or invisible difference such as sex, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, religion or belief, gender identity, economic class, marital/civil partnership, family status including single parents, socio-economic background and pregnancy and maternity.   We provide reasonable adjustments and are committed to an inclusive and accessible recruitment process. 

Still have questions?

If you have any questions, contact our friendly admissions team by using our online enquiry form, or by emailing ncttrainingenquiry@nct.org.uk.

We will also be holding an online course information session on the 9th June 2022 at 11.00am. Please follow the link to book yourself a place on this session



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