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What makes Birth and Beyond FdA at Worcester special?

Do you feel passionate about supporting parents during those first 1,000 days of pregnancy into parenthood? Our course trains you to work professionally with parents to achieve these aims in a range of rewarding roles. NCT College, in partnership with the University of Worcester, brings you the best training and professional development opportunities in parenting education. Our unique Birth and Beyond programme has been designed to allow you to develop a role as an NCT Practitioner enabling you to support, inspire and guide new parents in a range of areas including antenatal teaching, breastfeeding counselling and postnatal practice.  

Completion of this Foundation Degree allows progression to our Birth and Beyond Top-Up BA (Hons) degree.

Key features

  • The unique partnership we share with NCT offers the only university-accredited qualification in parent education in the UK.
  • Our flexible courses can be studied full or part-time, using a convenient mix of attended structured study days and self-directed learning.
  • Our modular framework is perfect for professionals who want to develop their role as a Practitioner.
  • Taught at a variety of locations across the UK.
  • We welcome mature students.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

One A Level (or equivalent) at Grade C or 32 UCAS tariff points.       

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other acceptable qualifications include an equivalent Level 3 qualification (i.e. a BTEC or CACHE Diploma) which carries 32 tariff points.

These qualifications do not have to be in a related subject.

If you do not have these qualifications, please read the information on our NCT Access to Training and contact to discuss further.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Level 4

  • Facilitating Learning in Groups (30 credits)
  • Reflective Practice and Listening Skills (30 credits)
  • New Baby – New Family: Part 1 (30 credits)
  • Breastfeeding Knowledge for NCT Practitioners (15 credits)
  • Giving Birth (15 credits)

Level 5

Main specialist pathways:

  • Antenatal Pathway (60 credits)
  • Breastfeeding Pathway (60 credits)
  • Postnatal Pathway (60 credits)

Minor specialist pathways

  • Yoga Pathway (NCY Yoga for pregnancy and NCT Mother and Baby Yoga) (30 or 45 credits)
  • Doula Pathway (30 credits)

Individual modules

  • NCT Baby Massage (15 credits)
  • Working with Health and Social Care Professionals (15 credits)
  • Understanding the Neonatal Experience (15 credits)

For further information, read the NCT Frequently Asked Questions page.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

This course includes a mixture of face-to face and self-directed study. This flexible use of blended-learning allows students to organise their study in a way that best suits their lifestyle.

The foundation degree consists of 120 credits of core training at Level 4 and 120 credits of specialism modules at Level 5.

Please note: This course is 2 years full-time and a minimum of 4 years part-time (you can take up to 6 years to complete the course part-time).

All students must complete the 5 modules of core training at Level 4.  At Level 5, there are a range of options available from our main and minor pathways to allow students to specialise. There are also a few Individual modules that can be chosen to make-up the required total amount of credits needed. This will allow students to develop their careers flexibly in a way that meets both personal interests and the demand in their local area.

To obtain the Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond, you will need a total of 240 academic credits.

Level 5 Modules

You can either study these modules full time over one year or part time up to four years in a variety of locations. These credits can be made by a different combination of modules.

By the end of your Foundation Degree, you will have studied a total of 120 credits at Level 5.  You can choose any two of the main specialist pathways or a combination of a main specialist pathway with minor specialist pathways and/or individual modules.

Level 5 Modules as ‘Stand-alone’ Continuous Professional Development

Level 5 modules are available as ‘stand-alone’ modules to be studied by current NCT Practitioners with a special interest in the subject but with no desire to study the whole Foundation Degree.


BA (Hons) Birth and Beyond

Students will also be able to study the Level 6 Modules to ‘top-up’ the Foundation Degree to obtain an Honours Degree.   For more information, please visit the NCT course page.

Postgraduate study

We would also like those interested in further studies and research to study with us at the University of Worcester. Areas of interest include:

  • Antenatal education and self-efficacy
  • Perinatal Mental Health


Where could it take you?

Our training is vocational and leads to a variety of flexible and rewarding roles.  These roles include:

  • Leading antenatal courses as an NCT Antenatal Practitioner.
  • Leading breastfeeding sessions and providing support as an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor.
  • Leading postnatal groups as an NCT Postnatal Practitioner.
  • Leading yoga for pregnancy and mother and baby yoga classes an NCT Yoga Practitioner.
  • Providing childbirth support for parents as an NCT Doula.
  • Leading NCT baby massage classes.  

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

If you want to continue with your studies you can move onto a BA (Hons) Degree at level 6. With further training, it’s also possible to work as an NCT Assessor, Supervisor, Mentor or Tutor.


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How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

The fee for completing 120 academic credits at Level 6 will be £6,890 for the 120 credits required, or you can do individual 30 credit modules at £1806 each.

Partial Fee Waiver

We are pleased to announce that NCT and the University of Worcester will be able to offer a non-repayable grant to NCT Practitioners who are not eligible for a government student loan in 2017-18.  It will be equal to £500 for each 30 credit module which means fees payable will be £1,306. No application form is required for this grant.


Support with costs

If you have a question about tuition fees and how to pay for them, please contact our Finance Department on 01905 542474 or 01905 855115 or email

For more information, please visit our course fees page. 

Students can request to pay in 3-6 instalments using either direct debit or credit card.

NCT will provide information and support for students wishing to explore ways of reducing the cost of their training. This will include information on:

  • Career Development and Student Loans
  • Grants
  • Bursaries.

 Please see the NCT student funding and bursaries page for further information.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Foundation degree


Part-time study

Please apply using this link to our online application form for September 2017 entry.


Full-time study

Please apply via the UCAS website for full time study. Institution code W80, Course code is L521.


Individual modules

If you wish to apply for an individual module or pathway, such as Baby Massage or Understanding the Neo-natal Experience, please follow the instructions below.



Apply now via UCAS

Applying for Individual Modules

Current Students


Current students should apply for individual modules via their SOLE page

Apply for individual modules


NCT Practitioners

If you are an NCT practitioner, please apply for Level 5 Individual Modules using our online application form.

Online application form

Please ensure that you state clearly in your personal statement which module or pathway you are applying for.