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 ensuring 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 to create a look that is clean, sophisticated and modern.
Norland college is an inspiring and stylish place to study, uniquely blending history and modernity.
Norland's Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, is a multi-function tool enabling staff to electronically deliver content and activities to students and facilitate collaboration and communication. It 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.
All students are given their own log in to Norland’s intranet, ‘MyDay’ – this highly intuitive information delivery platform provides the students with a one-stop shop for everything connected to college life, including their email, calendar and library account.
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.