Explore the degree and diploma modules you’ll study

Our early childhood undergraduate degree and diploma modules enable you to apply early years theory to practice and build your confidence through a wealth of hands-on experience in a range of early years settings. Each of the three years at Norland is divided into three trimesters with your time split between placement and study.

The new degree modules have a range of common themes interwoven throughout the three years to allow you to develop as a practitioner and your pedagogical style. Find out more about the new degree in our Norland Unwrapped session from May 2023.

In your third and final year at Norland, you’ll 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. Read our blog written by third-year students on their employment weeks at the end of their degree training.

The final module of the Diploma is the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year, a 12-month probationary nanny post in paid full-time employment. No tuition fees are due in this final, fourth year of training.

View the modules below for our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care and Norland Diploma course.

All modules are core unless specified. Students will choose two optional modules each year.

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