Turn ambition in to action with our access to training course. This course is the ideal preparation for one of our university-accredited course and a rewarding life as an NCT practitioner.


Course overview

The course, delivered in partnership with the Open College Network, is ideal for those people:

  • who may not have studied for some time,
  • whose qualifications don’t meet the Level 3 requirements,
  • or perhaps want a change in career having had children.

It can also be used as evidence of recent study for those applicants who wish to apply for other related higher level courses.

The course will provide you with an introduction to all of the key aspects of NCT practitioner training. It prepares you for the Levels 4/5/6 NCT courses which allow you to work as an NCT practitioner, by providing you with the Level 3 entry requirement needed. 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.


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 and on gaining a Pass, you will obtain 21 credits at Level 3. From here, you can then move on to apply for the NCT /University of Worcester Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond and training as an NCT Practitioner, or you can access the NCT Doula course.

Study schedule and locations

Six study days, which run on Saturdays between January and June.

The study days are usually from 11am to 5pm, conveniently allowing time for travel (self funded). There is one residential weekend - students have to pay for their own accommodation .

  • Three days are run at the NCT office in Bristol
  • Three days are run at University of Worcester.

Spring course

Saturday 27th January 2018 - Bristol
Saturday 24th February - University of Worcester
Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th March - University of Worcester (residential weekend students will need to pay for their own accommodation)
Saturday 21st April - Bristol
Saturday 19th May - Bristol 

Summer short course

Thursday 26th April - Cambridge
Thursday 10th May - Cambridge
Thursday 24th May - Cambridge
Thursday 7th June - Cambridge
Saturday and Sunday June 23rd and 24th - University of Worcester (residential weekend students will need to pay for their own accommodation)


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. Contact our friendly admissions team for more details.

Work opportunities

This course gives you an overview of the key aspects of NCT practitioner training. Further training with NCT 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; and providing support for parents as a doula. With additional training it’s also possible to work as an NCT assessor, supervisor, mentor or tutor.

Get more details or apply

Just contact Jane Franks, who will be happy to talk you through the options. You can email her or call her on 0208 752 9021.

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