his course gives students an excellent understanding of the whole design process from pattern cutting and garment production through to historical and contextual referencing, fashion illustration skills, presentation techniques and portfolio building.

Emphasis is placed on professional practice as students work in a studio full of industry standard equipment and benefit from regular live projects set by practising fashion designers. There is also the opportunity to take part in educational visits to centres of fashion excellence such as Paris and London.

Students are also entered into a wide range of industry led competitions with great success. In 2012 one of our students beat off competition from 50000 entrants to win the Clothes Show Young Designer of the Year Award.

Tutors who are industry professionals give students the technical training, design understanding and realisation techniques essential for a career in the fashion industries.

Duration: Two years
Entry requirements: A minimum of four GCSEs A*-C including maths and English minimum D plus a portfolio of work.
Final grades from the BTEC will give the following maximum UCAS point score of:168
Additional Study
You can also study an A-Level in Photography, English Language or Psychology alongside this course (you will need 5 GCSEs A*-B and maths and English minimum C to do this)

*English Language and Psychology availability is subject to course timetable. Please see BTEC Extended Diploma + 1 A-Level entry criteria for eligibility.

Successful completion of the course will give you the qualifications and skills required to progress on to a range of degree courses or to go directly into industry. Careers include:
  • Merchandiser
  • Stylist
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Designer
  • Textile Artist
  • Men, Women & Childrens Wear Designer
  • Retailer
  • Studio Designer
  • Buyer
  • Interior Designer
  • Fashion Promote