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

   

Overview

Highlights of this role 

Once you’ve completed your training you’ll be part of our expert team of specialist postnatal practitioners, helping new parents make sense of the amazing, but sometimes overwhelming, world they can find themselves in. 

That’s why – with the University of Worcester – we offer the Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree, the only university-accredited qualification to become a postnatal practitioner. And during your training 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 on-going training and development 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. You will:

  • Use our evidence-based approach to work with parents, in small groups and 1-on-1, to build their confidence. You’ll be sharing accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for them and their family.
  • Be supporting both their emotional and physical wellbeing, and exploring intimate and wider relationship-wellbeing, as well as helping parents understand the world through their baby’s eyes.
  • Be prepared for your work to ripple through the months and years ahead of both parents and their children, as well as their wider families.
  • Support your clients to form a supportive group; many will remain friends for a long time after their course.
  • And because you’ll be self-employed you can choose what postnatal 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 postnatal practitioner we want you to be confident it’s the right choice for you – personally, professionally and financially. That's why, unlike some other support providers, we're happy to tell you up-front.

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 postnatal courses and workshops that practitioners chose to deliver was 5.6, (average 4.2 hours long); although a busier practitioners typically delivered around 25 each.
  • Dependent on experience, outside London the hourly rate for an NCT postnatal practitioner 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 a Postnatal Practitioner you need to successfully complete years one (Level 4) and two (Level 5) of our foundation degree course. The course has five required modules at Level 4, and a variety of optional modules, including postnatal practitioner, 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

  • New baby – new family part 2
  • Facilitating postnatal groups

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 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

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 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 advisory, 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
Postnatal
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.