Frequently asked questions about training with us.

Here is a section dedicated to answering frequently asked questions about training with NCT. Click one of the options below, or scroll down the page to see answers to common questions.

  1. What course do I need to train to be an antenatal teacher?
  2. What course do I need to train to be a breastfeeding counsellor?
  3. What course do I need to train to be a postnatal practitioner?
  4. What course do I need to train to be a doula?
  5. I am already trained as a midwife or nurse, what course should I apply for?
  6. Can I get help with fees?
  7. Where are the courses run?
  8. How many hours of study are involved?
  9. What is the difference between full-time and part-time study?
  10. What happens if I live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?
  11. What happens if I live overseas?
  12. What are the professional options following qualifying with NCT College?
  13. How does NCT support me after I qualify?
  14. How can I contact you for more information?

 


 

1. What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be an antenatal teacher?

You need to apply for the foundation degree.

You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the antenatal pathway modules at Level 5.

 


 

2. What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be a breastfeeding counsellor?

You need to apply for the foundation degree.

You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the breastfeeding pathway modules at Level 5.

Or if you want to be a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor you need to complete 45 credits from the Level 4 modules.

 


 

3. What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be a postnatal practitioner?

You need to apply for the foundation degree.

You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the antenatal pathway modules at Level 5.

 


 

4. What course do I need to apply for if I want to train to be a doula?

There are 2 options:

Option 1

You need to complete for the foundation degree.

You will then complete all Level 4 modules and the doula pathway modules at Level 5.

OR

Option 2

You need to apply for the access course.

You will then complete the doula pathway modules at Level 5. 

 


 

5. I am already trained as a midwife or nurse, what course do I need to apply for?

Although you have excellent experience and qualifications from your midwifery/nursing training, because of the NCT and the University APEL requirements, if you want to work for NCT then you would need to complete our training starting with the foundation degree.

 


 

6. Can I get help with fees?

We understand that funding the cost of training might be difficult. We want to continue to offer a first class education to as wide a range of people as we can. If you need help with fees you will find some useful information below.

Student finance

If you have not undertaken higher education in the past you may be eligible for student finance and/or a student loan. This can pay for tuition fees as well as maintenance costs, study materials, etc.

Part-time students will be able to apply for a loan from Student Finance England to pay their tuition fees.

To qualify for the loan students must be studying at a course intensity of at least 25% of the full-time equivalent per year (30 credits). The loan will not take into account their household income.

The Gov.uk website has more information and advice.

If you do not qualify for student finance

The University of Worcester and NCT were delighted to be able to offer a NCT/UW grant to students who meet the criteria for the academic year 2017/2018. This is equal to a £2000 reduction from the full time fee or £1000 from the part time fee. Fees can also be paid in 6 instalments.

NCT Bursary Fund

NCT is committed to ensuring that as far as possible no student is prevented from training through financial hardship. A number of means tested, non-repayable bursaries will be awarded by NCT to help eligible students who are experiencing financial difficulties with fees.

This is awarded on a sliding scale to help students with a family income of up to £60,000 who are not eligible for a Student Loan or other sources of funding.

We are not able to help with other costs associated with study with the exception of some travel costs which can be applied for via the 'excess travel fund.

The maximum bursary is equivalent to 70% of your course fees.

Additional bursary awards are available up to a maximum of 70% fees for those students with:

  • A proven NCT volunteer track record
  • A breastfeeding peer support qualification and a volunteer track record, or
  • Skills or experience that could help NCT reach a more diverse range of parents.

The maximum amount of any combined bursaries can be no greater than 70% of the course fee

Bursary appcialtions for September 2017 courses

Further information will be given with an offer letter for a place on the course.

University of Worcester information resource

The University of Worcester is a good resource, offering information on:

The University of Worcester’s money advice service can also supply a list of grant making bodies and advice on how to approach them.

Further support

Career development loans: Gov.uk

With grant fund: Turn2us

With grant database: Student Cashpoint

 


 

7. Where are the courses run?

Although the NCT course is run in partnership with the University of Worcester, much of the training is delivered around the country.

The mandatory introductory workshop (a 2 day residential Workshop) will be held at the University of Worcester in September 2017 (dates to be confirmed closer to the time).

Subsequent monthly tutorials and study days for Level 4 are held at convenient regional locations.

 


 

8. How many hours of study are involved?

This very much depends on your needs and preference, but includes face-to-face, on-line and self-directed study. This flexible use of blended-learning allows students to organise their study in a way that best suits their life-style.

However for the full time approach we estimate that this will be about 2-3 days a week of study time with 2-3 days a month at study days or tutorials.

 


 

9. What is the difference between full-time and part-time study?

Much of the studying and learning is done at times that best suit you, so a full-time course does not commit you to a “9 to 5 course, 5 days a week”.

It does however commit you to completing 120 academic credits in the academic year with a commitment to study as outlined in the question above.

In a part-time course, you have 2 years to complete the same course; you still attend monthly tutorials, and attend 8-10 study days a year and study the equivalent of 1 to 1.5 days a week.

 


 

10. What happens if I live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

Scotland

NCT has a tutorial group in central Edinburgh offering the doundation degree Level 4 modules full or part time.

Level 5 pathway modules will be offered from September 2017.

See the NCT College in Scotland for more details, or contact admissions@nct.org.uk for more information.

Wales and Northern Ireland

NCT has tutorial groups in Wales and Northern Ireland, and some study days may be held in these regions.

Tutors will support students in distance, self-directed and on-line learning as much as possible, but there will be some travel involved to attend all relevant study days.

If you live in Wales there may be some support with fees from the Welsh Government.

 


 

11. What happens if I live overseas?

NCT welcomes overseas students, and tutors will support them in distance, self-directed and on-line learning as much as possible.

Overseas students will need to attend study days which are offered only in England or Scotland.

To discuss opportunities for overseas students, please email admissions@nct.org.uk

 


 

12. What are the professional options following qualifying with NCT College?

The NCT training is vocational and can lead to a variety of flexible and rewarding part-time jobs.

Read about work opportunities with NCT.

 


 

13. How does NCT support me after I qualify?

Upon successful completion of the programme of study, qualified students are supported by NCT in a number of ways:

1. Roles at NCT

A variety of flexible and rewarding NCT roles are available dependent on the modules that have been studied.

These include antenatal teacher and NCT doula.

2. NCT Licence-to-Practise

Students gain an NCT Licence-to-Practise in a particular specialism.

3. On-going CPD

As part of continuing professional development, qualified students are required to attend regular study days and to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.

4. Information provision

NCT supports on-going CPD by providing information on evidence-based practice for its students and qualified teachers, counsellors and postnatal leaders. 

 


 

14. How can I contact you for more information?

If your questions have not been answered within the FAQ's please email admissions@nct.org.uk or call our admissions line on 0208 752 2453 or 01905 542477