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.



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 £18.60 and £30.20 an hour. In London, the rate can be between £24.00 and £39.10 an hour.

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Course format

To become an NCT 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 baby massage 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. In the first year there are regular group sessions and tutorials run in locations around the country. In the second year locations will vary depending on the specialism choices made. Much of the course is convenient, self-directed 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.


Applications for 2019/20 will open on the 1st November 2018 and will remain open until the 30 June 2019 or until the course is full, if this is sooner. The course starts in September 2019 and the academic year will run through until early July the following 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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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?

Please head to our Student Funding page for more info.

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Applications for the 2018 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.

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

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.