For over 128 years, we’ve been pioneering early years education

Established in 1892, Norland is world-famous for the exceptional quality of its early years higher education and training. Norland was set up by founder Emily Ward as the first educational establishment to offer any kind of childcare training.

We continue to offer cutting-edge training through our intensive academic degree and skills-based diploma programme, combining the most up-to-date research and knowledge with practical experience. Our Gold-rated teaching is recognised as being of the highest quality found in the UK through the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

There is an ever-increasing demand for Norland graduates, who enjoy guaranteed employment opportunities through our dedicated in-house recruitment agency. Every Norlander carries the responsibility of maintaining our reputation to the highest of standards.

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Emily Ward founder of Norland College established in 1892

We’re incredibly proud of our pioneering history

Emily Ward's notebook
the very first group of Norland nurses in 1892
three norland nannies in uniform pushing silver cross carriage prams down the street
three Norland nannies in uniform holding plate 1986
three Norland nannies walking down street in the rain with umbrellas
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TEF Gold-rated and award-winning teaching and learning

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Top 10% higher education provider in the UK for student satisfaction

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Prestigious 128-year history as the best early years trainer

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100% guaranteed employability for Norlanders

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) report

View our full QAA report

Our QAA reporwas published following a visit in October 2017. You can read the full report on the QAA website under reviews and reports. The report identified seven areas of good practice and a commended judgement for the enhancement of learning opportunities.

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“I wear the Norland uniform with pride and can't imagine studying anywhere else.”

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"The beauty of the Norland name means you can end up anywhere in the world"

Helen

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“Norland in my eyes is the best of the best. … The training that we receive is top class.”

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

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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."

Ellie

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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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