At Norland, you’ll study two distinct early years qualifications

Please note, this degree and diploma programme is for students enrolling in September 2022 only. Students enrolling from September 2023 will study our new degree and diploma programme, subject to validation. Visit our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care webpage for further information.

Our award-winning training uniquely blends academic theory with practice to ensure you graduate fully qualified from Norland with extensive early years knowledge, practical skills and a wealth of hands-on experience in a wide range of early years settings.

You’ll study two distinct and fully integrated qualifications. Our BA (Hons) degree is a three-year full-time undergraduate early years degree course. You’ll be taught by lecturers with a passion for the early years and considerable professional and academic experience.

Running alongside the degree and for a fourth year following completion of the degree is the prestigious Norland diploma. This qualification will prepare you for all the practical aspects of the care and development of young children as well as critical professional and life skills. The final module of the diploma is the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year, a 12-month probationary nanny post in paid full-time employment that we find for you and support you throughout.

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Course details


3 years full-time
Plus 1 year in full-time salaried employment as a Newly Qualified Nanny to complete the Norland Diploma

Tuition fees

£14,990 (2022/23)

Fees & study costs

Start date

September 2022

Course level



BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning and Norland Diploma

UCAS institution code


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UCAS points

96 (September 2022 entry)

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New degree and diploma programme for 2023 entry

Learn more about our new degree and diploma programme

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a brand new degree and diploma programme for new students starting in September 2023, subject to validation. The new degree award will be a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care and will replace our current BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning degree. The new degree will still be fully integrated with our diploma and the successful completion of both degree and diploma will still lead to a professional career as a Norlander or Norland Nanny, as our fully qualified graduates are known. The new programme is in its final stages of development and will shortly undergo a rigorous academic approval process, known as validation.

What will I study?

Our early years undergraduate degree and diploma modules are fully integrated to enable you to apply early years theory to practice and build your confidence through a wealth of hands-on experience in a range of early years settings. Each of the three years at Norland is divided into three trimesters with your time split between placement and study.

In your third and final year at Norland, you’ll also be required to complete a dissertation on an early years topic of your choice. During the summer trimester of the third year, we focus on teaching you skills which will be relevant to your future employment. Read our blog written by third-year students on their employment weeks at the end of their degree training.

The final module of the Diploma is the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year, a 12-month probationary nanny post in paid full-time employment. No tuition fees are due in this final, fourth year of training.


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Why choose Norland?

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