Norland College wins Gold award for teaching

By Gill Harris on 21 June, 2019

Norland College has been awarded a Gold rating for the standard of its teaching for the second year running, in the latest government-backed rankings of teaching quality in higher education.

The award follows an exciting year for the college: earlier this year, it was granted taught degree awarding powers by the Privy Council and was the winner of the Independent Higher Education (HE) category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards in London.

One of the smallest and most specialist independent higher education institutions in the UK, the Bath-based college has been providing bespoke early years higher education for 127 years.

The TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Gold rating is the highest standard possible and will be valid for the next two years. A key component of TEF is the National Student Survey (NSS), which gathers undergraduates’ opinions about their course, and takes into account factors including the learning environment, student experience, and opportunities for employment on graduation. Completion rates and achievement are also considered.

Principal Dr Janet Rose said: “We’re extremely proud to achieve a gold TEF award at Norland College for the second year in a row. This award is in recognition of the hard work of our academic and student support team, who consistently strive to make sure the experience our early years students receive is the highest possible quality.”

Mandy Donaldson, Vice Principal, Head of Academic Services and Registrar, added: “We are particularly proud of this award as it is based on feedback from our students, along with their retention rates and achievements. Above all, we’re pleased to be able to offer Norland College students with the rarest of prospects for graduates – guaranteed and well-paid employment opportunities with children and families.”

Norland offers a three-year full-time BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Development and Learning. The degree is integrated with the prestigious Norland Diploma, which runs alongside the degree and for one year afterwards, enabling students to put theory into practice. Students are also taught an array of value-added specialist skills, from emotion coaching to security training and skid pan driving.

Norland graduates continue to be much in demand and the college is able to provide newly qualified nannies with 100% employment opportunities through its own in-house employment agency.

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