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Title: Fashion

Pathway: Creative & Design

Available Study Options:
Full Time, Part Time Print

What will I study?

Level 2 : UAL Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (1 year course)

Level 3:  UAL Extended Diploma In Creative Practice, Art, Design & Communication (2 year course)

Level 2: Passport to Employment - Industrial Garment Technology

Are you ready to take your first steps towards an exciting career in the Fashion and Textiles industry?  Do you have a keen interest in design and an excitement and passion for learning how to create?  If so, this is the right course for you. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey towards becoming either a fashion or textiles practitioner.

Pattern cutting and drafting, surface design, print design, constructed textiles, design development, garment construction, fashion illustration, drawing, digital fashion using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and fashion photography are amongst the many useful skills you will acquire and develop on our fashion and textiles course. 

During your studies, you will carry out your work in our specialist textiles and fashion studios, industrial sewing machine studio, pattern cutting area, textiles studio, print studio, Mac suite that will enable you to develop a range of skills in fashion and textiles that will provide you with an excellent foundation in the fashion and textiles Industry.

You will also learn how to present your completed course work in appropriate formats and develop a digital and creative portfolio and be supported for future progression to University, Employment or an apprenticeship after your course ends.

Modules and Topics

Fashion:   Over the two year will be become proficient within garment design, pattern drafting and cutting, garment construction, technical construction and fashion photography all to a professional standard.

Textiles:  Explorative and experimental range of textile techniques, from knitting and weaving, embellishing to machine embroidery to surface print all of which are used to within your fashion designs.

Drawing: Observation techniques, mark making, still life, life drawing, fashion illustration and many more techniques to develop your drawing skills to help you visualise your ideas.

Digital Fashion:  Mood board, fashion flats, digital fashion illustration, pattern design, Fashion GIFS plus many more digital techniques to help design and promote your fashion and textiles designs.

We also run our part time Passport to employment & Garment technology course. This is a 6 week course we run throughout the year.

You will learn how to use a sewing machine, design and make your own work, providing you with the skills and experience you need to gain employment in the textile and manufacturing industry.

Units covered include:

- Soft Furnishings

- Industrial Garment Construction

- Introduction to Tailoring

- Garment Construction Craft

- Introduction to Accessories/Bags

Your work will be assessed and on successful completion of the course you will achieve a level 2 certificate in Fashion and Textiles and a Level 1 Award in Employability. This course is free to those claiming benefits and to 16-18 year olds.

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience within your industry and that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with this and our tutors have excellent industry links with relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks, and have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes that you may choose to follow.  

So far, our fashion and textiles students have completed work experience within design organisations and local design trade and fashion shows. Students have had the opportunity to work directly with independent designers, model within fashion shows, create design collections, work with pattern cutting team, working  live briefs creating a range of outcomes.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continuously assessed to establish what you have learnt from each module and assignment.

To ensure you are ready for a demanding and successful career in fashion and textiles industry, many of your assessments are in line with the industry standards and protocols. This means you may be asked to pitch your ideas, present planning documents that meet professional standards for your intended productions, create productions for specific target audiences, or work with an employer to create a solution and outcome for a project.

With each project, you will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence, which is also formally assessed by your tutors at various points throughout the year. While one to one tutorials will discuss your progress and set you new and stretching targets to ensure you are always aiming high and making good progress.

Your final grade is established through your final major project, where you will use a selection of the skills and techniques that you have learnt, practised and developed on the course, and design & create a media product of your own choosing. This project is examined by external moderators and is exhibited for your peers and tutors to assess.

What will this lead to?

Our Level 2 fashion and textiles course is designed as a pathway onto our Level 3 fashion and textiles course.  After completion of Level 3, progression options include university, apprenticeship, or full time employment.  Possible employment routes include fashion design, textiles design, surface pattern design, garment technologist, pattern cutter, knitwear design, children’s wear design, contour design, fashion buyer, fashion forecaster, costume design, weave designers, fine art textile, print designer, fashion marketing and merchandising, stylists and fashion photography.

Students who choose to continue their studies generally progress onto a variety of Higher Education courses including fashion design, textiles in practice, costume design, contour design, surface pattern design, fashion business and merchandising. Previous students have secured places at universities such London College of Fashion, Westminster, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Liverpool Institute of Performance, Huddersfield, Leeds College of Art. 

Our part time Garment and employment course is a great way to kick start a career in Production operatives, garment technology roles, pattern drafter/grader or supervisor roles in the textiles industry.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.


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Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.