You’ll join a child-focused community and make friends for life

We’re smaller than other higher education institutions, so you’ll experience a close-knit, warm and friendly environment. As an early years specialist organisation, you’ll join a unique community of like-minded people who are passionate about the health, wellbeing and education of the children we care for and their families.

You’ll have many opportunities to take part in different activities and to bond with fellow students during your time at Norland through our intensive training and value-added curriculum. If you love singing, the Norland Choir brings students together to perform at special events such as graduation ceremonies and the Bath Christmas market. We have an active charity and community programme, which all students are encouraged to participate in during their time at Norland and beyond. The student voice is central to the Norland experience and we actively encourage and support student-led ideas for activities meaning every cohort shapes their own experience.

Norland students also have exclusive access to Bath Spa University Students’ Union clubs, societies, sports teams, facilities and more, enabling you to socialise with a wider group of students and take part in a range of activities not available at Norland.

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You'll wear an iconic uniform while studying

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You'll work hard to meet our high expectations

Part of what will make your student experience so different from any other is that you will be joining an organisation with a long and distinguished history as a centre for excellence. This means there are certain traditions that you must follow and high expectations that you must meet to ensure that you uphold and maintain our international reputation as the best childcare trainer in the world. One of our traditions is the iconic uniform you’ll be required to wear during your studies. Introduced by founder Emily Ward, the Norland uniform was designed to ensure that graduates were recognised as professionals in their own right, much like a professional nurse.

The uniform has been adapted over the years and you’ll wear a formal uniform for lectures and events and practical uniform for practical training and placements. Wearing the uniform will instil a sense of pride at being part of our prestigious history. There are a strict set of rules that you must follow when you are wearing the uniform and you will also be required to follow our code of conduct for students. In addition, the Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities sets out the high expectations Norland has of you and will apply to you as a student and graduate of Norland throughout your training and career with children.

Detailed information about the uniform you will be required to purchase can be found at the link below. The cost of purchasing the uniform is given along with the other costs of studying at Norland on our fees and study costs page

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You'll adhere to the Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities

View Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities

You’ll be joining an organisation with an international reputation for excellence and with this comes responsibilities. As a Norland student and graduate, you’ll be required to adhere to the high expectations Norland has of you.The Norland Code of Responsibilities will apply to you as a student and graduate of Norland throughout your training and career with children. Throughout your training you’ll be expected to demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to embrace the professionalism expected of a Norland Nanny, provide safe and nurturing care for young children, provide an inclusive environment that considers needs of both children and their families, and consistently produce age and stage appropriate activities according to individual needs and interests. There is a set of strict rules that you must follow while wearing the uniform and during your studies at Norland, which are detailed below. Any breach of the Norland Code or our student rules can result in expulsion from training following a decision by the Disciplinary Committee.

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You’ll need to follow a set of rules during your studies

Unless specifically prescribed by a medical practitioner, harmful substances and drugs are not to be brought into Norland. Possession or use of illegal substances will result in immediate suspension.

You are not permitted to smoke anywhere in Norland’s buildings or grounds, or at any time whilst in uniform. You are strongly discouraged from smoking at any time for health reasons.

Under no circumstances should you consume alcohol prior to or whilst working with children or when attending Norland. You should be aware of, and avoid, the effects that the use of alcohol can have on your judgement. This applies not only to driving but also to caring for children and your ability to study the next day. Drinking too much can also result in behaviour of which you could later be ashamed, and which could bring discredit to Norland.

You should not take or use anyone else’s property without the owner’s specific agreement on each occasion. No one is to interfere with anyone else’s personal belongings without their permission.

You must always demonstrate a high level of professionalism at all times when wearing your uniform as you are highly visible.

Whilst wearing your uniform, in order to be a good role model for children and to ensure good habits are formed whilst training, Norland students must not: chew gum; listen to music using headphones/ear buds; consume food and drink whilst walking around; use a mobile phone whilst walking in the street (except in the event of an emergency); purchase alcohol; buy fast food or eat in a fast food restaurant; cross the road unless using a crossing.

You are expected to attend all classes as required unless you are ill or have been authorised to take special leave.

If you leave Norland without completing the degree and diploma course, you are not entitled to wear your uniform at any time or call yourself a Norland Nanny or Norlander.

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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.

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