In collaboration with the University of Worcester, we offer the only university-accredited qualification which allows you to become a birth doula.

   

Overview

Highlights of this role

NCT birth doulas support women, and their partners, whether they give birth at home, hospital or a birth centre. Continuing a practice set over countless generations, doulas provide a presence which so many parents find invaluable. Our doulas help parents have the kind of birth they want, making an often vital contribution to the experience and the beginning of parenthood.

That’s why – with the University of Worcester – we offer the Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree, the only university-accredited qualification to become a birth doula.

Once you’ve completed your training you’ll be a key member of our specialist of birth doula team, expertly supporting parents, together or alone, through pregnancy, labour, birth and the early days of parenthood. 

During your course you can also choose to add to your training to deliver other NCT antenatal and postnatal services.

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

Your training will prepare you to support every one of the parents you meet in the very best way for them. An NCT birth doula:

  • Works as an independent practitioner. Although she’ll be part of the NCT family and featured on our website, she has the freedom to book her own clients and set her own fees.
  • Meets with parents before the birth to build a relationship, understand their hopes for the birth and work together to identify their support needs.
  • Stays with parents throughout labour and birth, supporting them emotionally and physically, working alongside the healthcare professionals to advocate for the parents if needed.
  • Meets with parents again after the birth to talk through the birth and help identify any further support needed and signpost to other services and facilities.

What will I earn?

Before you start your new life as a birth doula we want you to be confident it’s the right choice for you – personally, professionally and financially.

So it's important to understand that exactly how much you earn will depend on the size of the area you choose to work across, plus the number of clients you take on. Many birth doulas also work as antenatal teachers or perinatal support specialists.

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Course format

To become an NCT birth doula you need to successfully complete years one (Level 4) and two (Level 5) of our Foundation Degree course. For birth doula options, the course has five required modules at Level 4, and two birth doula modules at Level 5, plus a variety of optional modules for other specialisms.

However, if you want to work only as a Birth doula you can replace Level 4 (which you would need to complete if you wanted to work in other specialist roles besides birth doula) with our shorter NCT Access to Training course. Contact us for more details or call our friendly admissions team on 020 8752 2453.

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.

And because of our unique partnership with University of Worcester we are able to offer you a very realistic learning experience, as part of your training takes place in a specially-constructed, mock hospital ward.

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

  • Dimensions of the role of the birth doula.
  • Realising the role of the birth doula.

You can also choose to take another Level 5 option, either alongside or after this, and become qualified in a second role, i.e. antenatal teacher or breastfeeding counsellor. This will 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 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 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 acheive 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 enquiry form for more details.

How much will it cost?

Students who already have a degree

Between us and University of Worcester (UW), we will do all that we 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. University of Worcester also has a hardship fund available.

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 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
Birth doula
£550 - £1,306 £500 Up to £756 £1,806

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 are now open. Applications will stay open until the end of July, or until the course is full, 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.