FAQs - Entry requirements and admissions process

The Norland BA (Hons) degree and the Norland Diploma are fully integrated and cannot be studied independently of each other. The Norland Diploma is a distinctive and prestigious qualification, which allows students to apply the theory they have learnt on the Norland degree to practice. Following the successful completion of three years at Norland and having earned your degree, you will embark on your final module of the Norland Diploma: the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year. There are no tuition fees due in this fourth year of training. As an NQN, you will spend 12 months as a probationary nanny in paid full-time employment arranged through and fully supported by the NQN team. You will continue to be fully assessed during this year. Only when you have successfully completed the NQN year and earned your Norland Diploma and Badge will you be able to use the professional title ‘Norland Nanny’ or ‘Norlander’ and be registered with the Norland Agency to access its jobs database and the lifelong support of Norland.

Yes, as long as the total achieved from Level 3 qualifications equates to 96 or more UCAS points. Calculate your points or anticipated points with the UCAS Tariff Calculator. If in doubt about whether your qualifications are valid for entry to Norland College, please check with our Admissions team.

Some NVQs are listed on the UCAS Tariff Calculator and can contribute to our entry requirements. If you are unsure then we advise that you check with our Admissions team.

No, unfortunately we do not accept apprenticeships.

Yes. Mature students do not necessarily need to meet the traditional entry requirements if they have substantial and relevant experience and can demonstrate that they would be able to meet the academic requirements of degree level study. Read our widening participation statement

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

As we are an alternative provider, we do not have a membership with UK ENIC, so unfortunately we cannot check the validity of non-UK qualifications on your behalf.



Following the result of the EU Referendum in June 2016, the UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

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). Following this point, the actions you will need to take can vary, depending on whether the UK leaves with, or without, a deal:

  • If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the advice currently states that if you wish to stay in the UK after the 31 December 2020 you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity.

For more information please see links below:



Visits to open days include a presentation covering an outline of the course and the guaranteed employment opportunities available to Norland graduates. You will then be able to explore Norland at your leisure, meeting staff and students who will be able to answer any questions you may have about coming to Norland and living in Bath. We also offer virtual open events and tours if you’re unable to visit Norland in-person. Find out more about open days

We encourage visitors of any age to come to an open day. Attending a Norland open day will help you decide whether a career as a Norland Nanny or Maternity Practitioner is the future that you want to work towards. Find out more about open days

Every applicant that meets our entry requirements is invited to an interview day at Norland. There are several interview days each year, which run from October until we close applications, and they are usually held on a Friday. The earlier you apply to Norland, the sooner your interview day will be. You will be interviewed by a member of our academic team and participate in a group task. Details will be provided in advance.

Our Student Support Officers provide both one-to-one academic and welfare support. For example, we provide key study skills and assist students in need of additional support through means such as the Disabled Student’s Allowance.

The Emily Ward Bursary, named after Norland’s founder, provides students with the opportunity to obtain a grant towards meeting the cost of their tuition fees. There are a limited number of bursaries available each year. The amount awarded varies, with the majority being a contribution towards tuition fees per year of approximately £1,000 to £2,000. For more information, visit our finance & bursaries page

If you are offered a place at Norland, a member of the Admissions team will contact you shortly after results day.

For any further questions or advice, please contact our Admissions team

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