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Fashion & Textiles BTEC HNC (part-time)

This creative qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge, flexibility and skills required for a successful career within this exciting and ever-widening industry. You will be encouraged to develop a highly individual ideas-based Fashion and Textile portfolio. Students engage with Fashion and Textile designers and companies from a variety of specialism’s and backgrounds. Practicing designers from varied backgrounds deliver on the course, providing students with up to date and current knowledge. Students work towards creating garments for our Fashion show and as part of the end of each year students exhibit their work in the form of a static show. Work Experience opportunities are also made available to students in the latter stages of the course. A list of visiting contacts and speakers is available upon 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

To start the course you will need:

  • A Diploma in Foundation Studies 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 is 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 evidence the 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 their creative intentions clearly
  • Show willingness to collaborate and discuss their work in group situations
  • Reflect critically on their 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 personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous 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.

You will need to study six hours per week, Thu-Fri 9.15am-4.30pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose study.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
2 years 20/09/2018 Thu, Fri 9.15 am - 4.30 pm £750 Cauldwell Street L1319 Apply

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Additional formats
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