Early Years Development and Learning Norland College


Awarded by: University of Gloucestershire

Our BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning degree is unique to us. It's a three year full-time course which combines undergraduate degree level study with practical sessions and experience with children, enabling you to put the theory into practice. Modules include Safeguarding and Child Protection, Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Making Sense of Children’s Behaviour and Working with Families and Communities.

Running alongside the degree, and for one year after you have left the college, you will work towards achieving the prestigious Norland Diploma. It is this qualification that sets you apart from other early years professionals and adds an even greater array of practical skills and experience to your early years toolkit. The degree is validated by the University of Gloucestershire and delivered at Norland College in Bath.

This course provides an exciting opportunity to develop your 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 health. Their teaching draws on approaches from many disciplines including psychology, child health, history, philosophy, social science, literature and education. Guest speakers are regularly invited to the college to give you an opportunity to listen to those already working in the field.

Each of the three years is divided into three trimesters; overall, around half your study time will be spent in placement.

In the third and final year you will also be required to complete a dissertation on a subject of your early years subject of choice. During the final trimester of the third year we focus on teaching you life skills which will be relevant to your future employment. Amongst others this includes First Aid training, interview techniques, driving in arduous conditions and security training delivered by former military intelligence officers.

There are a number of different assessment methods for the degree course at Norland. These include essays, presentations, timed essays, annotated bibliographies, in class exams, portfolios, displays and a work based project.

The Norland Diploma is a distinctive and prestigious qualification which is studied alongside the degree course. All students must successfully complete not only their degree but also each element of the Norland Diploma in order to use the title 'Norland Nanny' or ‘Norlander’.

The Norland Diploma is an additional qualification you will work towards with modules integrated with the degree, followed by a newly qualified nanny (NQN) year in employment. The purpose of the Norland Diploma is to prepare students for the practical aspects of the care and development of children in the early years (aged 0-8). It equips students with the practical skills and competencies which are required to work at a senior level or in sole charge within an early years environment whether a family home or setting, supporting the children and families with whom they will work. Modules include Care of Babies and Infants, Food and Nutrition, Sewing and a Party Project.

Throughout your training you will also learn additional professional skills required to work with children including good timekeeping, team-working, excellent communication skills, respect for and love of children and gain a strong understanding of and respect for confidentiality. These skills are taught throughout your training and culminate in a final module dedicated to employment.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Norland College (Main Site)

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Each of the three years is divided into three trimesters; overall, around half your study time will be spent in placement. In the third and last year you will also be required to complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice related to the Early Years. Please visit www.norland.co.uk/college/courses for a Course Map and Modules.

How to apply

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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L521
Institution code N52
Campus name Norland College (Main Site)
Campus code A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national or a Swiss national, you can apply to study at Norland College in the normal way through UCAS. As part of the application process you will need to verify the equivalence your qualifications with UK Naric. If you are a non-EEA (or non-Swiss) national student, unfortunately you cannot currently apply to study at Norland College.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CCC Or equivalent qualification.

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.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The Emily Ward bursary, named after the College 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 circa £1,000 to £2,000 contribution towards tuition fees per year. Bursaries are means-tested and therefore dependent on the completion of a financial statement, which is presented to the Norland College bursary committee. If an offer of a place, conditional or unconditional, is made on our BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning degree, bursary application forms are forwarded as a matter of course. Students are notified as soon as possible after a decision has been made. If successful, the bursary is awarded for the entire duration of the three year course, subject to the successful completion of each year.