For entry in September 2018 and beyond

The academic entry requirements for this course are:

  • ​A minimum of 3 A levels (or equivalent*) at grade C or above
  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (which must include English Language and Maths) at grade C or above (grade 4 and above from 2017), or equivalent prior to application. See here for a list of acceptable equivalents.

*Equivalent qualifications that will be considered include CACHE and BTEC qualifications at Level 3. If you're unsure whether your qualifications may meet our criteria, please email our Admissions team: admissions@norland.ac.uk

Non-UK Qualifications

If you are a British Citizen (or a European Economic Area (EEA) national or a Swiss national) but do not have UK qualifications, please contact the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC). NARIC is a National Agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government, and provides the only official source of information on international qualifications to individuals wishing to study in the UK. Once NARIC has written to confirm your qualifications in comparison to a UK qualification, you will need to provide this information to Norland. Your qualifications must be equivalent to, or higher than, our minimum entry requirements. Please note that NARIC charge for this service. 

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national or a Swiss national, you can apply to study at Norland College in the normal way through UCAS

If you are a non-EEA (or non-Swiss) national student, you cannot currently apply to study at Norland College. Please email admissions@norland.ac.uk if you would like us to contact you if this situation changes.

Additional entry requirements are:  

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

Studying for our early years degree involves a considerable amount of time spent working with children, therefore acceptance is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) Enhanced Disclosure check. Further details will be sent to you after you have made your application.

Graduates of Norland College are expected to update their DBS every 3 years, or register onto the DBS Update service.

Fitness to Practise 

Students who qualify as Norlanders may work without supervision with babies, young children and their families. Accordingly, Norland College has a responsibility to ensure that students are fit to practise under these circumstances.

An offer of a place to study at Norland College may be conditional upon the applicant being deemed fit to practise. Please refer to the Fitness to Practise Policy for more details.

English Language Competence

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient English language competence to complete their programme of study.  It is expected that applicants with English as an additional language will undertake IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and achieve an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 6 in each component skill. See www.ielts.org for more information. 


Norland College is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all students and staff to share this commitment.

The suitability of all prospective students and staff will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. All offers made will be on the condition of relevant safer recruitment checks being conducted and in line with the college policies and procedures.

Begin your Norland application