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Overview

Highlights of this role

We offer the only university-accredited qualification, in collaboration with the University of Worcester, which allows you to become an NCT antenatal teacher.

Once you’ve completed your training you’ll be part of our expert team of antenatal teachers leading both NCT Essentials and NCT Signature antenatal courses, guiding new parents through the most amazing journey of their lives.

You can also to add to your training to deliver another of our antenatal and postnatal services. 

Once qualified you will hold the highly-respected NCT Licence-to-Practise. You’ll be insured by us and also receive free on-going training and assessment to help keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Your training will equip you to support every one of the parents you meet in the very best way for them. You will:

  • Develop a deep knowledge of pregnancy, the physiology of birth, and the needs of newborns and their parents.
  • Help new parents gain confidence in making the decisions about childbirth and early parenthood that feel right for them.
  • Support your clients to form a supportive group; many will remain friends for a long time after their course.
  • Be self-employed so you can choose what antenatal courses to deliver, working just locally or further afield. You'll also be supported by our hassle-free online booking and payment systems.

What will I earn?

Before you start your new life as an NCT antenatal teacher we want you to be confident it’s the right choice for you – personally, professionally and financially. Because we’re a charity, unlike some commercial support providers, we're happy to tell you up-front what we pay.

Along with the everlasting thanks of countless new parents, you’ll be paid on an hourly basis, varying according to where you work and the experience you build up.

  • Exactly how much you earn will depend on the size of the area you choose to work across, plus the length and number of courses you deliver.
  • For example, in 2016 the average number of antenatal courses that practitioners chose to deliver was 6.3, (average 13.5 hours long); although our busier practitioners typically delivered around 35 NCT courses each.
  • Dependent on experience, outside London the hourly rate for an NCT Antenatal teacher is between £18.20 and £29.60 an hour. In London, the rate can be between £23.40 and £38.30 an hour.

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Course format

To become an antenatal teacher you need to successfully complete years one and two of our foundation degree course. The course has five required modules at Level 4, and a variety of optional modules, including antenatal teacher, at Level 5.

You have the choice of full- or part-time study. You’ll get a personal tutor to support you and keep you motivated, and there are regular group sessions and tutorials run in locations around the country. Much of the course is convenient, self-directed distance learning. 

Which modules will I study?

Level 4 - 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 

Level 5 - one year part-time

  • Antenatal teacher modules 
  • You can also choose to take another Level 5 option, either alongside or after this, and become qualified in a second role, i.e. postnatal practitioner or breastfeeding counsellor. This might make year two a full-time option.

If you have any more questions, have a look at the related documents on the right for more detail, check out our FAQs or contact our friendly admissions team directly using our enquiry form, who are waiting to help you.

Commitment

You need to apply as soon as possible because as the deadline for applications is 30 June 2017 or until the course is full, if this is sooner. The course starts in September 2017 and will run through until June next year.

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

The part-time option needs only around 15 hours study a week, consisting of self-directed study and occasional tutorials/study days/assessment days. In addition you also need to participate in some work-based learning. With this option it will take four years to achieve a foundation degree.

The full-time option will need around 30 hours study a week, also consisting of self-directed study and occasional tutorials/study days/assessment days. In addition you also need to participate in some work-based learning. With this option it 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 arrange of Study Skills Advice Sheets to help you to plan and carry out your coursework and assessments.

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Requirements

What qualifications do I need to study?

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.

If you do not have these qualifications then we offer an access course. If you want to discuss this further please contact our admissions team using the course enquiry form.

How much will it cost? 

Students who already have a degree

NCT & University of Worcester (UW) do all they can to assist students will the cost of studying.

NCT and University of Worcester will subsidise those Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree students who are not able to access government student finance. We have a generous non-repayable grant of £2,000 for full-time students, and £1,000 for part-time.

We also have bursary funding of up to 70% of fees available for students who:

  • Volunteered for NCT in a significant role
  • Trained and volunteered as a Peer Supporter
  • Work in an area where NCT has a shortage of practitioners
  • Have a household income below £60,000 p.a., or
  • Have high travel expenses.

Please ask us for details by using our enquiry form.

Students who do not yet have a degree

As with other degree courses, government student finance is available for first-time degree students from England. Because of this you will not be eligible for a bursary, although you might also qualify for support directly from University of Worcester. There’s a different process if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Contact the education authority if you live in the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey) or Isle of Man.

Level 4

Students who are not eligible for student finance will automatically be awarded an NCT/UW grant, and can in addition apply for bursaries. Together the maximum grant and bursary awarded will be 70% of the fees.

To find out how much the fees are and how much NCT grants and bursaries could help you please see the table below.

  No student finance?
You pay per year...
NCT/UW grant Bursary value Full fee per year
if eligible for student finance
Full-time £2,100 - £4,890 £2,000 Up to £2,790 £6,890
Part-time £1,100 - £2,612 £1,000 Up to £1,512 £3,612

Fees, grant and bursary figures provided are for the academic year 2017/18, and are subject to change.

Level 5

Students who are not eligible for student finance will automatically be awarded an NCT/UW grant, and can in addition apply for bursaries. Together the maximum grant and bursary awarded will be 70% of the fees.

To find out how much the fees are and how much NCT grants and bursaries could help you please see the table below.

  No student finance?
You pay per year...
NCT/UW grant Bursary value Full fee per year
if eligible for student finance
Antenatal
pathway only
£1,100 - £2,612 £1,000 Up to £1,512 £3,612

To learn more about grants and bursaries we offer, visit our student funding and bursaries page. If you have any further questions about the eligibility criteria and application process, ask us using the course enquiry form.

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Apply

Full-time

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

Part-time 
Go to the University of Worcester foundation degree online application form and click on the 'Applying' tab. 

Still got some questions? Need some more help with your application?

Please complete the course enquiry form  or  call us on 020 8752 2453.

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I was unsure if my course would be worth the money... well almost three years on and I would have happily paid three times what I paid, I have made friends for life and we still see each other at least once a week.