A degree with a difference

Norland College currently offers a Degree programme that is validated by the University of Gloucestershire, alongside its own Norland Diploma. The Degree programme is unique to Norland, in that it has been written and is delivered by Norland College academics; but because Norland does not currently have the right to award its own degrees, the College works in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.

Norland College has applied for its own Taught Degree Awarding Powers and is currently undergoing assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). This is our first step towards our ambition of becoming a university. If successful, it would mean that Norland could award its own degrees, without the need for a validating university. We currently anticipate that the scrutiny and assessment by QAA will conclude late in 2018, with the result being made known in the Spring of 2019. Those applying for entry in September 2019 and beyond will, if our application is successful, be applying to study for a Norland Degree and Diploma, rather than a University of Gloucestershire Degree and a Norland Diploma. If the application is unsuccessful, the Degree will continue to be validated by the University of Gloucestershire. If you have any questions about this, please drop us a line.

Why choose to study at Norland?

Our BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning degree is unique to us. It’s a three year full-time course which combines undergraduate degree level study with practical sessions and experience with children, enabling you to put the theory into practice. Modules include Safeguarding and Child Protection, Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Making Sense of Children’s Behaviour and Working with Families and Communities. 

Running alongside the degree, and for one year after you have left the College, you will work towards achieving the prestigious Norland Diploma which is fully integrated. It is this qualification that sets you apart from other early years professionals and adds an even greater array of practical skills and experience to your early years toolkit. The degree is validated by the University of Gloucestershire and delivered at Norland College in Bath. 

What's different about studying at Norland?

Norland students are required to wear a uniform whilst studying at College and in Placements. This instils a sense of responsibility and pride as students represent a long and prestigious history of the highest quality. The Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities (the Code) contains the professional standards that Norland students, Newly Qualified Nannies (NQNs) and Norland graduates (Norlanders) must uphold. The values and principles set out in the Code are not negotiable or discretionary. They underpin the behaviours and competencies expected of all those who are studying at, and have graduated from, Norland College. 

Additionally, Norland Agency works exclusively with Norland Nannies (also known as 'Norlanders'), ensuring graduates have outstanding employment opportunities upon leaving the College and throughout their careers. 



What will I learn on this course?

This course provides an exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of the early years. Our lecturers have a passion for this subject area and considerable professional and academic experience in both education and health. Their teaching draws on approaches from many disciplines including psychology, child health, history, philosophy, social science, literature and education. Guest speakers are regularly invited to the College to give you an opportunity to listen to those already working in the field.

How is the course structured?

Each of the three years is divided into three trimesters with your time split between placement and College. You will undertake a total of seven placements over the three years. In the third and final year you will 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. Amongst others this includes First Aid training, interview techniques, driving in arduous conditions and security training delivered by former military intelligence officers. There are a number of different assessment methods for the degree and diploma courses at Norland. These include essays, presentations, timed essays, annotated bibliographies, in class exams, portfolios, displays and a work-based project.


The Norland Diploma is a distinctive and prestigious qualification which is studied alongside the degree course and for a fourth year following completion of the degree. All students must successfully complete not only their degree but also each element of the Norland Diploma in order to use the title ‘Norland Nanny’ or ‘Norlander’. 

  • The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF)

    Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Norland College delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

  • Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

    Our QAA report has been published following a visit in October 2017. Click on the link below to read the full report, which identifies seven areas of good practice and a commended judgement for the enhancement of student learning opportunities. 

    View the full QAA report

    View the College’s QAA action plan

  • Cyber Essentials

    Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attacks. Norland College has been certified by Cyber Essentials as of July 2018 having completed a self-assessment against five basic security controls, which was subsequently verfified by a qualified assessor.