FAQs - Entry requirements, admissions process and applying to Norland

The BA (Hons) degree and the diploma are fully integrated and cannot be studied independently of each other. The diploma is a distinctive and prestigious qualification, which allows students to apply the theory they have learnt on the 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 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 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. If you’re considering applying to Norland, you can calculate your points or anticipated points with the UCAS Tariff Calculator. If in doubt about whether your qualifications are valid for entry to Norland, 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

Yes. Norland accepts international students. If you’re applying to Norland and don’t have UK qualifications, you’ll need to arrange for the UK ENIC to confirm your qualifications. Please visit our international students and entry requirements pages for more information.

The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020, followed by a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020.

The UK government has introduced a new immigration system, the Student route, for all applications made from outside the UK, including EEA nationals, who will enter the UK for studies from 2021 to study a course which meets the requirements of the route.

For more information visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Brexit immigration webpage

This means EU, EEA or Swiss nationals who wish to begin studying in the UK from August 2021 onwards will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate or advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses beginning in the academic year 2021/22.

It will not affect students who started courses in the academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

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 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. If you’re applying to Norland, the earlier you submit your application, 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. For applicants based overseas, we will arrange a virtual interview day.

We’re here to help you with any of your learning support or pastoral needs and to answer any questions you have about the issues that affect you. Student support officers are your first point of contact and offer a completely free, confidential and supportive service that is designed to fit in with your needs.

We offer a wide range of support to students with specific educational needs and/or disabilities. We also provide academic skills sessions and special seminars based on your learning requirements, helping you to identify and achieve your study goals. You will also have a personal tutor who will provide you with academic advice and support. You’ll also have access to Togetherall, an award-winning digital support service available 24/7 that you can use to seek confidential support on everything from everyday stresses to major life events.

If you’re an international student, you’ll also have access to your own dedicated Visa Manager to provide specific support both before you arrive in the UK and during your time at Norland.

Visit our student support page for further information

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 or uniform. There are a limited number of bursaries available each year. 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 in August.

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

The Student Terms and Conditions sets out key aspects of the relationship between you as a student, and Norland.  The Terms and Conditions together with your Offer Letter; Fees, Refund and Compensation Policy; Acceptance Form; and Norland Student Policies and Procedures form the basis of a contract between you and Norland for the provision of educational services in respect of our BA (Hons) degree and diploma. It is important that you read these documents in full before accepting your offer of a place to study at Norland. You can find these on our student policies page or by entering the document title in the policies keyword search box.

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