Norland specialises in early years education and has a world-class reputation, spanning over 127 years.
Priding itself on offering a degree with a difference, students enrol on two courses: a BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning alongside the prestigious Norland Diploma.
Norland’s comprehensive training programme, which fully integrates theory and practice, is what sets its students apart from others in the early years sector.
Norland was crowned the winner of the Independent Higher Education Award at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) in 2019. Norland also holds a TEF Gold rating for the exceptional quality of its teaching – the highest quality found in the UK.
Graduates of Norland have outstanding employment prospects upon leaving Norland and throughout their careers. Uniquely, Norland has its own employment agency, providing 100% employment opportunities for fully qualified Norland Nannies to work with children and families.
Norland is situated in Bath, a vibrant university city and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Graduates of Norland are highly sought after as early years practitioners and have outstanding employment opportunities throughout their careers. Graduates go on to pursue successful careers in a variety of roles, as nannies, maternity practitioners, nursery managers, teachers, university lecturers and other specialist early years positions.
Norland’s dedicated in-house Agency, established at the same time as Norland in 1892, works exclusively with Norland graduates to place them in nanny and maternity practitioner positions all over the world. Demand has outstripped supply from the very beginning, due to the exceptional reputation of Norland graduates, or Norlanders as they are known.
A career as a Norland Nanny can be exciting and varied. The role of a nanny usually involves taking responsibility for every aspect of a child’s wellbeing, care and development. The bond between a nanny and the children they care for is very special. Just as every family is different, so every role brings exciting new challenges.
Once qualified, Norlanders receive lifelong support from Norland and their peers. They can access Continuing Professional Development training through Norland’s Training and Consultancy service.
Visit the Norland website for further information about career opportunities.
Norland holds a Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) Gold rating – the highest award possible in the UK – and offers a distinct specialised BA (Hons) in Early Years Development and Learning alongside the Norland Diploma.
Norland students follow a three-year full-time early years vocational programme that uniquely blends undergraduate degree level study with practical training and experience, enabling students to apply their theoretical learning to practice.
The degree programme draws on approaches from many disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, child health, philosophy, social sciences and education. Running alongside the degree, and for a fourth year following completion of the degree, is the prestigious Norland Diploma, which prepares students for the practical aspects of the care and development of children in the early years.
Each year is divided into three trimesters with seven placements throughout the duration of the course. Students undertake placements in a variety of early years settings, including nursery, school, hospital, special needs school settings and as a daily and live-in nanny.
Students complete a dissertation in their final year, on an early years topic of their choice. Alongside practical placements, Norland uses assessment methods such as essays, presentations, timed essays, annotated bibliographies, exams, portfolios and work-based projects.
After three years at Norland, students take part in their final module – the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year – in order to gain the Norland Diploma. This is a probationary 12-month paid nanny placement with a family, during which students are fully supported and assessed by Norland as they develop their knowledge of practical nanny work.
Once students have successfully completed their degree and each element of the Norland Diploma, they are able to use the professional title ‘Norland Nanny’ or ‘Norlander’.
Norland is smaller than other higher education institutions, so its students experience a close-knit, warm and friendly environment.
Norland students benefit from access to the Bath Spa University Students’ Union, meaning all clubs and societies are open to both Norland and Bath Spa students.
Clubs include charity and campaigning societies, academic societies, sports clubs and interest-based societies.
Norland does not have its own accommodation, so students tend to share houses with other students in the city of Bath. Norland guarantees accommodation for its first-year students, if required, in houses shared with other Norland students.
All first-year accommodation is furnished and vetted by Norland staff. Accommodation sourced by Norland is within walking distance or a bus journey to Norland. Second and third-year students are expected to find their own accommodation.
Norland facilities include:
Bath is a popular student city and has lots to offer. There’s a huge range of restaurants, museums, clubs, cafés, bars, shops and galleries throughout the city, and Bath lives up to its reputation as a good eatery spot.
The Theatre Royal, one of the oldest of its kind in the UK, welcomes famous actors from all over and is a great spot to catch a performance or two.
Bath is a fantastic place to relax too, not just with its scenery and culture, but as a spa town and centre for wellbeing. The Thermae Bath Spa is the only natural hot spring spa in the country.
The centre of Bath isn’t far from Norland’s main campus – a 15-minute walk or short bus ride will bring you into all the action.
Norland students benefit from access to the Bath Spa Students’ Union, meaning all clubs and societies are open to both Norland and Bath Spa students.
Norland partners with Todo el Mundo to provide Spanish lessons to Norland students. As the second most-spoken language in the world, Spanish offers professional possibilities for students, and the lessons aim to improve study techniques and memory too.
Sign language is also offered as an additional course option for Norland students, through a 15-week Makaton course. Makaton is used alongside speech in the form of signs and symbols to help young children communicate whilst still developing their spoken language.
Community and charitable engagement is an important and enjoyable aspect of life at Norland, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families. Students run an active charity committee and participate in local and national fundraising efforts.
Norland students benefit from a close-knit, supportive and friendly environment. The student support service is available to help answer any questions or address any difficulties students may have. It offers a free, confidential and supportive service that is designed to fit the individual needs of each student.
Norland offers a counselling service to students on request. All Norland students are entitled to six free private, one-to-one sessions. Norland also works with many other charities and organisations to help provide additional support and someone to talk to.
Norland offers a wide range of support for students with specific educational needs and/or disabilities. Norland provides help and guidance for students who wish to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
Norland offers a limited number of means-tested bursaries each year. There are also several student loan options for Norland students.
Find out more about financial assistance from Norland website.
Norland is globally renowned for excellence in the early years field. Its specialism spans both theoretical and practical skills including:
Norland is the winner of Whatuni’s Independent Higher Education Award in 2019. Norland also has a TEF Gold rating for the exceptional quality of its teaching – the highest quality to be found in the UK.
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