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Fashion & Textiles BTEC HNC (full-time)

This is a full-time creative qualification designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career within the exciting and ever-widening fashion and textile industry. The new curriculum is designed to develop and establish your fashion and textile design skills, which will enable you to enter a broad choice of career options. The course content will include draping, pattern cutting, manufacturing, production, embellishment, print, CAD and mixed media. To ensure you have the relevant skills to enable you to advance and flourish in your chosen career, the course will also cover: styling, illustration, marketing and promotion, and professional practice.

During the course you will be encouraged to develop a highly individual, ideas-based portfolio which can be used for interview and as a promotional tool to support freelance work. You will engage with fashion and textile designers and businesses from a variety of specialisms and backgrounds. All tutors on the course are practising designers, providing you with up to date and current industry knowledge. You will also work towards creating finished garments for a fashion show and as part of exhibition of student work at the end of each year. Work experience opportunities are also made available to you in the latter stages of the course. A list of visiting contacts and speakers is available on request.


Originally I wanted to do the course for myself.  I wanted to get back into learning to see if I could do it.  I love being creative and do a lot of craft work at home but I wanted to learn more about the different textile techniques and applications. 

The tutors I’ve worked with have been brilliant and I’ve particularly enjoyed the textiles part of my course, including screen-printing, working with the heat press, appliqué and batik work.  Even the 3D techniques such as pottery and laser printing have been really enjoyable.  

We’ve had talks from industry experts such as textile designer Maxine Sutton and last year we visited Morgan Davis, a bespoke wedding dress shop in London as part of the glamour project.  There have also been opportunities for work experience, for example recently we worked with the Sue Ryder shop in Moggerhanger on a recycling fashion project.

What I’ve really been surprised about is how I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learnt to my full-time job. I work for the national learning disability charity MacIntyre and have organised textile workshops and last year we put on a fashion show for the local community, which was inspired by what I learnt at College.

There’s no doubt I’ve really enjoyed this course and am sad I’ve got to leave!  Whether you study the course part-time or full-time you do have to invest a lot into the course and be very dedicated, but it’s definitely worth doing.

Nicola - Fashion & Textiles BTEC HND


Entry requirements

You must have:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, OR
  • Extended Diploma in an Art & Design subject, OR
  • an equivalent Level 3 qualification, or relevant professional experience.

Applicants from A-Level programmes displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered, as will mature students, who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.

This course is best suited to candidates who can provide evidence of their ability and/or potential to:

  • Work imaginatively in fashion and textiles
  • Generate and develop creative ideas in response to a wide range of briefs
  • Articulate and communicate creative intentions clearly
  • Show willingness to collaborate and discuss work in group situations
  • Reflect critically on activities and learning, and demonstrate intellectual enquiry
  • Embrace new ways of thinking and exploit digital technologies.

Course content

During this course you will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual communication
  • Ideas generation
  • Contextual and cultural referencing
  • Professional practice.

In addition, you will study four specialist units from the following selection:

  • Techniques and processes in textiles
  • Fashion and textiles materials
  • Pattern construction in fashion
  • Design application in fashion
  • Design application in textiles.

You will also be taught how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in the second term.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising designers, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each task.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. Roles in the industry include: fashion/textile buyer, costume designer, dressmaker, fashion designer, freelance designer/maker, production manager, sales manager, textile designer, or wardrobe supervisor.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Provision of basic fashion and textiles equipment such as sketchbooks, drawing equipment, hand sewing needles, quality scissors and any additional consumable materials such as fabrics and specialist threads, demanded by personal project requirements.
  • Resource fee of £150 to cover: printing binders, specialist procion dyes, specialist printing pigments, screen emulsion and A1 cartridge paper.
  • Train fares for visits by train to London (normally up to two a year).
  • A digital camera and portable external hard drive/USB stick would be advantageous but are not essential.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 232W. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 20/09/2018 £5500 Cauldwell Street L505

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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