Early Childhood Education and Care at Norland - UCAS


Degree level: Undergraduate

Early Childhood Education and Care

Course summary

As an award-winning specialist provider, Norland offers a unique blend of academic degree study alongside practical training and a wealth of hands-on experience that will set you apart from other early years professionals. Our world-famous training combines a three-year full-time BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Education and Care alongside the prestigious skills-based Norland diploma and a value-added curriculum of specialist training. You will study the Norland diploma alongside the degree course and for a fourth year following completion of the degree. The diploma will prepare you for all the practical aspects of the care and development of young children as well as critical professional and life skills. In your fourth year, you will undertake your final module of the diploma as a probationary nanny in paid full-time employment for 12 months. There are no tuition fees to pay during this year. Once you have successfully completed both the degree and diploma, you will earn the professional title ‘Norlander’ or ‘Norland Nanny’, as our fully qualified graduates are known. This course provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of the early years. Our lecturers have a passion for this subject area and considerable professional and academic experience in both education and working with families. Their teaching draws on many disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, child health, philosophy, social sciences, and education. We also regularly invite guest speakers, so you’ll have the opportunity to hear from experts working in the field. The national industry-recognised Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies (ECGPC) qualification is integrated throughout the degree and placements. On completion, you will be a recognised Level 6 Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner in both early childhood academic knowledge and practice skills, further enhancing your employability and career progression. Each of the three years is divided into three trimesters with your time split between placement and Norland. In total, you will spend 1,302 hours on 8 placements across the three years including a 25-hour new born experience – this amounts to 38 weeks on placement or 40% of the course. In the third and final year of the degree, you will be required to complete a work-based project on an early years topic of your choice. The summer trimester of your third year is dedicated to preparing you for your future employment, including first aid training, baby massage, employment contract advice, interview techniques, driving in arduous conditions and security training delivered by former military intelligence officers. There are several different assessment methods for the degree and diploma courses at Norland. These include essays, presentations, viva, portfolios, displays and a work-based project. Students are required to wear a uniform whilst studying at Norland and on placement. This instils a sense of responsibility and pride as students represent a long and prestigious history of the highest quality. The Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities contains the professional standards that students, Newly Qualified Nannies and graduates must uphold. The values and principles set out in the Code are not negotiable or discretionary. They underpin the behaviours and competencies expected of all those who are studying at, and have graduated from, Norland. Fully qualified Norland graduates benefit from 100% guaranteed employability, above average graduate earnings and lifelong careers support through their own dedicated employment agency. The Norland Agency works exclusively with Norlanders to ensure graduates have outstanding employment and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.


Please see information on the website www.norland.ac.uk

Assessment method

Various, including coursework, presentations, group work, practical experience, multiple-choice exam paper

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Norland was granted a licence from UKVI to become a Student visa sponsor in April 2021. Until we have proven a track record of compliance (which is granted after four years of successful student sponsorship) there are some limitations on permitted student activity. Including that currently, our visa students have no working rights in the UK. This includes all formal working arrangements including all non-paid formal volunteering arrangements. Until we have built our track record of compliance, this also means that work placements at Norland must not make up more than 33% of a student’s overall course. As work placements currently make up just over 40% of the course at Norland, you’ll be required to complete part of your placements in your home country before your course begins. This requirement must be met by you completing four weeks of a work placement in a formal setting (such as a nursery/pre-school environment) that we must pre-approve. Non-UK qualifications are accepted but they must be equivalent to, or higher than, our minimum entry requirements. Equivalency must be verified by the National Information Centre for global qualifications and skills for the United Kingdom (UK ENIC). Overseas applicants must be able to demonstrate they have sufficient English language competence to complete their programme of study and to meet the required criteria to apply for a Student Visa. Applicants with English as an additional language must have a SELT (Secure English Language Test) and prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. To meet this requirement, Norland requires IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test with an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 6 in each component skill, or equivalent. Please contact the Visa Student Manager to ensure you are booking the correct test. Places for international students are dependent on a successful visa application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs (which must include English Language and Maths) at grade C or above (grade 4 and above from 2017), or equivalent prior to application.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £16527 Year 1
Northern Ireland £16527 Year 1
Scotland £16527 Year 1
Wales £16527 Year 1
Channel Islands £16527 Year 1
EU £18743 Year 1
International £18743 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £16527 Year 1

Additional fee information

Lifelong learning fee is £331.00. Please note that this is a 4-year course but in the fourth and final year, students are in paid employment and no tuition fees are paid. We have an extensive bursary scheme available to support students. Visit the Norland website for more information.
Early Childhood Education and Care at Norland - UCAS