We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to Norland

You must have:

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

We have a number of additional entry requirements below. Please ensure you read these thoroughly before applying to Norland.

Please note: you must have a UK passport, or the right to live/work/study in the UK to study at Norland. Please email admissions@norland.ac.uk if you would like us to contact you if this situation changes.


Contact our Admissions team to discuss entry requirements

+44 (0)1225 904050 admissions@norland.ac.uk
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The deadline for bursary applications for commencing studies in 2021, including the submission of completed forms and supporting documents, is 2 April 2021. You must already hold an offer to study at Norland in 2021 to apply for a bursary award, so please ensure you submit your application to study well in advance of the bursary application deadline.

Additional entry requirements

You must be aged 18 or over by the course enrolment date to apply to Norland.

We expect applicants to have some experience of caring for children. This could include babysitting, nannying, volunteering at a children’s group, or helping to care for younger relatives, for example. If you are unsure whether your experience is suitable, please contact the Admissions team.

If you don’t have UK qualifications, you’ll need to arrange for the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) to confirm your qualifications. 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 charge for this service.

Following the result of the 2016 EU Referendum, the UK has left the EU. If you are an EEA or Swiss national intending to apply to Norland 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). To continue living in the UK after 2020, you’ll need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. View our Brexit Guidance for Norland students. For more information please visit the UK government EU Settlement Scheme and the UK Council for International Student Affairs information for EU students.

If you do not have a British passport, or the right to live/work/study in the the UK, unfortunately you cannot currently apply to study at Norland. Norland does not hold a sponsor licence, which is required to sponsor international or EU students. Please email admissions@norland.ac.uk if you would like us to contact you if this situation changes.

You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient English language competence to complete your training. It is expected that applicants with English as an additional language will undertake IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) and achieve an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill. See the IELTS website for more information.

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. There is a fee for the DBS service. Further details will be sent to you after you have made your application. As a graduate of Norland you will be expected to update your DBS every three years or register onto the DBS update service.

When you qualify as a Norlander you may work without supervision with babies, young children and their families. Accordingly, Norland has a responsibility to ensure that students are fit to practise under these circumstances. An offer of a place to study at Norland may be conditional upon you being deemed fit to practise.

Norland 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. Your suitability as a prospective student will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. If an offer is made to you it will be on the condition of relevant safer recruitment checks being conducted and in line with Norland policies and procedures.

The Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities applies to all Norland students and Norlanders (Norland graduates). As a Norland student you will be expected to adhere to the Code fully and to act at all times in such a manner as to justify trust and confidence.

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Please note: If you are a British citizen, have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can apply to study at Norland in the normal way through UCAS.

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.

Please email admissions@norland.ac.uk if you would like us to contact you if this situation changes.

View our entry requirements for full information