Norland staff, students and graduates were delighted to welcome the winner and some of the finalists from its annual Win a Weekend in Bath competition to its open day on Saturday 20 May 2023.    

The Oldfield Park campus sparkled in the sunshine as Norland welcomed competition finalists and celebrated the biggest open day in its 131-year history. The event was attended by 150 prospective applicants and their families who had travelled from around the UK and further afield to gain insight into Norland’s award-winning degree and diploma training programme. Staff and students also welcomed several early years teachers and a group of Year 10s and 11s from Penrice Academy in Cornwall.   

The Win a Weekend competition offers the winner a two-night stay in Bath coinciding with Norland’s May open day. It is open to students in Years 10-13, including Level 3, or their international equivalents. Entries to this year’s competition were asked to ‘describe your favourite childhood memory and what you learned from it’ in any media or format. Submissions varied from hand-sewn children’s fabric pop-up books to films documenting unique childhood experiences.  

A male and a female Norland Nanny students in their uniform holding a sign saying Welcome to Norland at an open day

The winner’s entry was a 500-word essay on their struggles with a serious health condition, which led to them being in a coma over the Christmas period as a child. The piece focused on what they gained and learned from the experience as well as the kindness shown by NHS staff and the community. The winner won a two-night stay in Bath and afternoon tea for two at the city’s historic Pump Rooms. They also visited the Norland open day and were given a VIP campus tour by Head of Students, Harriet.   

The 2024 competition will open for entries in November. Sign up to our study newsletter to ensure you receive full information about the competition as soon as it opens.   

Students train for four years full-time to earn both a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care degree alongside the highly respected skills-based Norland Diploma. Once fully qualified, Norland graduates gain the highly coveted professional title Norlander or Norland Nanny.   

Norlanders benefit from lifelong career opportunities and their pick of jobs through Norland’s dedicated in-house employment agency. The Norland Agency offers them an average starting salary of £40,000 rising to £65,000 after five years, making them among the UK’s highest average graduate earners. Last year, there were an average 10 jobs for every Norlander seeking one through the Norland Agency.   

Four Norland Nanny students in their uniform walking through the Oldfield Park campus in Bath, UK.
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