FAQs - Entry Requirements and Admissions

Can I choose between the BA (Hons) degree and the Norland Diploma?

The degree and the Norland Diploma are closely linked and therefore cannot be studied independently of each other. The Norland Diploma is a distinctive and prestigious qualification, which allows students to apply the theory they have learnt into practice. The Diploma continues for a fourth and final Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year following completion of the degree.

Are there certain A Level subjects that are required in order to apply?

No, we accept all A Levels. However, we do recommend choosing at least one subject that includes essay writing as this will be very beneficial to you when studying at Norland College. Additionally, we accept CACHE and BTEC qualifications at Level 3.

Can I mix A Levels with other qualifications in order to apply?

Yes, as long as the total achieved from Level 3 qualifications equates to 96 or more UCAS points. Calculate your points or anticipated points with the UCAS Tariff Calculator. If in doubt about whether your qualifications are valid for entry to Norland College, please check with our Admissions team.

Do you accept NVQs?

Some NVQs are listed on the UCAS Tariff Calculator and can contribute to our entry requirements. If you are unsure then we advise that you check with our Admissions team. 

Do you accept Apprenticeships as a valid qualification for entry?

No, unfortunately we do not accept apprenticeships.

I am a mature applicant. Can I apply?

Yes. Mature students do not necessarily need to meet the traditional entry requirements if they have substantial and relevant experience and can demonstrate that they would be able to meet the academic requirements of degree level study. Read our widening participation statement

I am not a citizen of the United Kingdom. Can I apply?

If you are not a British citizen, do not have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or are a non-European Economic Area (EEA) or non-Swiss national, unfortunately 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.

Why do I need to submit a UK NARIC certificate to Norland College but not other institutions?

As we are an alternative provider, we do not have a membership with UK NARIC, so unfortunately we cannot check the validity of non-UK qualifications.

Could Brexit affect my application to Norland?

Following the result of the EU Referendum in June 2016, the UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

If you are an EEA or Swiss national intending to apply to Norland College for the academic year 2020–21, the UK government has confirmed that you will be able to study in the UK without a visa until the end of the transitional/implementation period (currently 31 December 2020). Following this point, the actions you will need to take can vary, depending on whether the UK leaves with, or without, a deal:

  • If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the advice currently states that if you wish to stay in the UK after the 31 December 2020 you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. 
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity.

For more information please see links below:



Brexit Guidance

What information will be available to me at an Open Day?

Visits to Open Days include a presentation covering an outline of the course and the guaranteed employment opportunities available to Norland graduates. You will then be able to explore the College at your leisure, meeting staff and first year students who will be able to answer any questions you may have about coming to Norland and living in Bath. Book your place at an upcoming Open Day here

At what age should I come to an Open Day?

We encourage visitors of any age to come to an Open Day. Attending a Norland Open Day will help you decide whether a career as a Norland Nanny or Maternity Nurse is the future that you want to work towards. Book your place at an upcoming Open Day here.

How does the interview process work?

Every applicant that meets our entry requirements is invited to an interview day at Norland, which are usually on a Friday. There are several interview days each year, which run from October until we close applications; the earlier you apply to Norland, the sooner your interview day will be. You will be interviewed by a member of our academic team and participate in a group task. Details will be provided in advance.

What student support services do you offer?

Our Student Support officers provide both one-to-one academic and welfare support. For example, we provide key study skills and assist students in need of additional support through means such as the Disabled Student’s Allowance.

Do you offer any financial support to students?

The Emily Ward Bursary, named after the College founder, provides students with the opportunity to obtain a grant towards meeting the cost of their tuition fees. There are a limited number of bursaries available each year. The amount awarded varies, with the majority being a contribution towards tuition fees per year of circa £1,000 to £2,000. For more information, click here. Additionally, information about fees and other financial information, including a value for money statement, can be found on our website.

When should I expect to be contacted about my accommodation?

If you are offered a place at Norland College, a member of the Admissions team will contact you shortly after results day. 

For any further questions or advice, please contact our Admissions team

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