Norland College is housed in a Grade II listed Georgian Villa which was originally owned by the Duke of York, (son of King George III). This historic building is fully equipped with all the most up to date facilities and resources to make it a functional and conducive learning environment, whilst retaining the building’s character.
In September 2013, the college was completely refurbished. The students’ learning facilities and social spaces were improved and upgraded leaving a very clean, sophisticated and modern look.
Norland college is an inspiring and stylish place to study, uniquely blending history and modernity.
Norland has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in the form of ‘Moodle’. This multi-function tool enables staff to electronically deliver content and activities to students and facilitate collaboration and communication. It also enables students to electronically submit assessments and coursework. Although used extensively in the college, the role of Moodle is to complement ‘traditional’ face-to-face interaction (in the form of lectures, seminars and tutorials) between staff and students.
The college has laptops and PCs available for student use; however we find that most students prefer to bring in their own devices. Students can use the college wi-fi to access the internet, the college printers and the library catalogue. The college has fibre optic broadband resulting in greater speed, capacity and security.
Our classrooms are equipped with the latest technology including a 70" flat-panel interactive Smart Board and three interactive whiteboards.
The college houses an extensive Early Years library which includes relevant journals and research papers. We use the online library management system, Heritage, and students also have access to the University of Gloucestershire’s catalogue and databases. Students are encouraged to use ejournals and ebooks to support their research.
Norland College also has areas that are dedicated to the practical lectures and sessions that make up the Norland Diploma. These areas include an area set up with working examples of children’s nurseries and an offsite space with cooking facilities used for Food and Nutrition.