Before babies are able to speak, or even respond to sounds and sights, they communicate with the world around them through touch. Baby Massage teachers help clients tap in to this and contribute to the client and baby’s positive mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

   

Overview

Highlights of this role

Through our partnership with University of Worcester we offer the Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree, the only university-accredited qualification to become a Baby Massage teacher.

Once you’ve completed your training you’ll be part of our specialist team of Baby Massage teachers helping new parents communicate and connect with their beautiful new baby.

Massaging their baby is one way for mums and dads to connect with their baby, and studies have shown that it may help with:

  • Improving bonding and attachment.
  • Building confidence in handling baby using positive touch techniques.
  • Enabling better communication between parent and baby.
  • Improving a baby’s sleep.
  • Strengthening a baby’s digestive system and reducing symptoms of wind and constipation.

What will I earn?

Before you start your new life as an NCT Baby Massage 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.
  • Dependent on experience, outside London the hourly rate for an NCT Baby Massage 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 one of our Baby Massage 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. 

What 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

  • NCT baby massage.
  • 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 course enquiry form, who are waiting to help you.

Commitment

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 for level 4 modules option will equate to around 15 hours study a week consisting of tutorials/study days/assessment days and self-directed study. In addition you are also required to participate in work based learning. It would then take 4 years to achieve a foundation degree

The full-time option for Level 4 modules will equate to around 30 hours study a week consisting of tutorials/study days/assessment days and self-directed study. In addition you are also required to participate in work based learning. It would then take 2 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.

Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications, because we also run an access to training course specially designed to prepare you for our degree course. Just use our course enquiry form for more details.

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 the 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.
  • Have high travel expenses.

Please ask us for details by using our course 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

Fee, 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
Baby Massage
£275 - £653 £250 Up to £378 £903

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

Applications for the 2017 course will stay open until 30th June, or until the course is full, if this is sooner. So you are advised to apply as soon as you can.

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.