Entry requirements

For entry in September 2020 and beyond

For applicants, the academic entry requirements for this course are:

UK qualifications

  • A minimum of 96 UCAS points. 
  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (which should include English Language and Maths) at grade 4 or above (or grade C and above), or equivalent prior to application. See here for a list of acceptable equivalents.
  • We accept A levels and alternative qualifications such as CACHE and BTEC qualifications at Level 3.

Calculate your points or anticipated points with the UCAS Tariff Calculator

If you are unsure whether your qualifications will meet our criteria, please contact our Admissions team

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 charges 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.

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. 

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 the IELTS Academic test and achieve an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 6 in each component skill. See the IELTS website for more information. 

Retaking english and maths GCSes

Norland College students can, if necessary, retake their Mathematics and/or English GCSEs at Hayesfield School as external candidates. Hayesfield is situated across the road from Norland College. Students would need to pay the fees for any exams directly to Hayesfield and whilst classes are available at the school, Norland College timetable commitments would probably make attendance difficult. Our recommendation would be to engage a private tutor outside of timetabled lectures. Click here for Hayesfield School's external exams policy.


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 College policies and procedures.

The Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities

The Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities applies to Norland students and Norlanders (Norland graduates). It is expected that each Norlander shall act at all times in such a manner as to justify trust and confidence. This applies during the three-year full time training course and thereafter whilst working with children and their families.

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