Financial Assistance

Emily Ward Bursary

This bursary scheme, named after Norland's 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 of circa £1,000 to £2,000 per year. All bursaries are means-tested, though additional consideration is given to applicants that:

  • are male
  • are of black and minority ethnicity (BME)
  • are mature students
  • are care leavers

All bursaries are dependent on the completion of an application form, which is presented to the Norland Bursary Committee. If an offer of a place, conditional or unconditional, is made on our course, bursary application details are forwarded as a matter of course. Students are notified as soon as possible after a decision has been made. If successful, the bursary is awarded for the entire duration of the three year course, subject to the successful completion of each year.

21% of students were awarded a bursary in 2019/20, with an average award value of £2,864.

Our full Bursary Policy is available here.

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Government Loans and Grants

Students from England

The Office for Students (OfS) has registered Norland College as an approved provider of Higher Education. This means that eligible students on courses starting from 2019-20 will be able to access financial support through the Student Loans Company. 

Loans for fees for students from England

You can apply to Student Finance England for a student loan of up to £6,165 per year to cover part of the cost of your tuition fees. The amount you apply for is paid directly to the College by Student Finance England. You will be responsible for paying the difference between the fee loan borrowed and the total tuition fee payable to Norland.

The loan is not means tested and you will only need to start paying back the loan once you have left the course and are earning over £25,000.

Government guide on how to apply to Student Finance England for loans

Loans for living costs for students from England

A portion of this loan is not means tested. It is available to contribute towards your living costs. You start to pay back these loans at the same time as you start paying back your tuition fee loan.

Government guide on how to apply to Student Finance England for loans

Loans for fees and living costs (students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

There is a different process for applying for student finance if you are from Scotland (Student Awards Agency Scotland), Wales (Student Finance Wales) or Northern Ireland (Student Finance NI).

Future Finance Student Loans

Norland College partners with Future Finance, the UK's largest private student lender, to provide an alternative source of funding for our students.

About Future Finance Loans:

  • Loans are offered from £2,000 - £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs
  • Loans are offered to UK, EU and international students with a UK domiciled address (though Norland does not currently take international students)
  • Loans are available to students studying at an undergraduate or postgraduate level (though Norland does not currently provide a postgraduate course)

Norland will be required to verify attendance on the course before any funding is released. Any loan funds requested for tuition fees will be released directly to Norland College to be applied towards tuition fees, and loans for living costs will be paid directly to the student. 

To apply, students can submit an application online up to six months prior to the course start date. To find out more, check your eligibility or to submit an application, visit the Future Finance webpage for Norland College students.

Other Methods of Financing your Course

Course Deferral

Some students choose to defer their course start date by a year or more to allow additional time to finalise financial arrangements. Please contact us if you would be interested in this option by emailing

Paying Fees by Instalment

Termly fees collected by Direct Debit, may be paid over 8 instalments, due on or around the 1st of October, November, December, February, March, April, May and June. For more information on this scheme please contact the Finance team on 01225 904040 or email

External Grants and Bursaries

In previous years, Norland College students have successfully obtained grants and bursaries through scholarships or awards via their local councils, organisations that they may have volunteered with, or through links with past employers. 

Working whilst at College

Many students work whilst at the College and during the holiday periods. There is a strong demand for Norland Students and the College holds an annual job fair for Norland Students to work within childcare settings in ski resorts, summer sun holiday destinations and cruise ships. 

However, it should be acknowledged that our Norland course is demanding and home study expectations are high, therefore caution should be exercised to ensure any work commitments do not affect your studies at Norland College. 

Other Financial Information

Help and Advice

The Norland Finance team are committed to making a Norland education as accessible as possible to all of our prospective and current students. For supportive, practical help and advice regarding financing your course, whether as a future or current student, you are strongly encouraged to contact our approachable Finance team via 01225 904040 or email

Methods of Payment

Payment can be made by direct bank transfer, debit/credit card, cheque cheque or via Direct Debit instalments.


Visit our Accommodation webpage for details and costs of accommodation.

Value for Money

Norland prides itself on creating and maintaining a curriculum that delivers good value for money for students. It provides transparency via its Value for Money statement. This statement outlines the many ways in which Norland delivers a value-added curriculum and lifelong support for its graduates, as well as clearly presenting how tuition fees are spent.

Student Protection Plan

A Student Protection Plan is a document that is approved by the Office for Students (OfS) that every university is required to have. It sets out what measures we have in place to protect you, as a student at Norland, should a risk to the continuation of your studies arise and details how we would communicate with you about this. View Norland’s latest Student Protection Plan