Are you looking for a
degree with a difference?

Our BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning degree is unique to Norland; it is validated by the University of Gloucestershire and delivered at Norland College in Bath. It's a 3 year full time course that combines degree level study with practical sessions and experience with children, enabling you to put the theory into practice. 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.

What will I learn on this course?

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. 

Outside speakers are regularly invited to the college to give you an opportunity to listen to people already working in the field.

How is the course structured?

Each of the three years is divided into two semesters; half of each semester is spent in college and the other half in an early years placement. In addition, you will spend time in the summer term refining your practical skills in college and in further placements.

In the third and final year you will also be required to complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice related to the early years. During the final semester of the third year we focus on teaching you life skills which will be relevant to your future employment. These include First Aid, interview techniques, fitting car seats and driving in difficult conditions.

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’).

  • Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

    We have undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report.

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    The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

    Norland College submitted an annual return to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in November 2016 that demonstrates that we are continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities.