Explore the degree and diploma modules you’ll study

Our early years undergraduate degree and diploma modules are fully integrated to 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.

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.

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New degree and diploma programme coming soon

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We are excited to announce that we will be offering a brand new degree and diploma programme for new students starting in September 2023, subject to validation. This will replace our current award-winning degree and diploma. The successful completion of our new degree and diploma will still lead to a professional career as a Norlander or Norland Nanny, as our fully qualified graduates are known. The new programme is in its final stages of development and will undergo a rigorous academic approval process, known as validation. We will be publishing more information on these pages shortly, so watch this space. Sign up to our mailing list now to ensure you don’t miss out on the latest Norland study news.

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Find out what students think of studying their early years degree and diploma at Norland, the childcare placement experience they’ve benefitted from and student life in Bath by reading their reviews on Whatuni, the largest university course comparison website in the UK.

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"I love to make a difference in children's lives and Norland allows me to do that."


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"I have absolutely no regrets and I’m very excited to move forward as a Norlander."


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“If you are passionate about working with children, there is no better place to study than Norland.”


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"I don't think anyone can quite get into words exactly what Norland means to you because it's such an amazing thing to be a part of."


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“My time at Norland so far has been an extraordinary adventure.”


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“Never have I been in an environment with more considerate, kind and loving people as at Norland”.


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“My time at Norland has been so memorable and is one of the best things I have ever done. … If I could, I would do it all again."


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