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Overview

This course is aimed at adult learners, to give them the opportunity to gain the qualifications to progress onto a Higher National Diploma. It is suited for those who have been out of education and are interested in learning about the different areas of the fashion, textiles and the clothing industry, while developing academic skills. Our workrooms benefit from industry standard machinery and equipment for garment manufacture and pattern cutting. We also have a range of textile and machine embroidery equipment.

Course description

This 90-credit qualification is a one-year, part-time programme and is equal to 1.5 A Levels. The majority of students choose to progress onto our Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles or into employment. Assessment is continuous throughout the programme, culminating in an end of year fashion show.

We offer a range of enrichment opportunities throughout the year, such as visits to London for exhibitions and for sourcing fabrics. We also take full advantage of what Birmingham has to offer, with regular visits to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as well as exhibitions in local art galleries. We may also do a trip abroad to visit the fashion capitals of Europe; during this academic year our students enjoyed a trip to Paris.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

  • Technical pattern cutting and garment technology
  • Garment production
  • Assignment writing
  • Building a portfolio
  • Developing a fashion product

Core Units:

  • Visual recording
  • Materials, techniques and processes
  • Ideas and concepts
  • Communication through art and design
  • Contextual Influences in art and design

Optional Units:

  • Surface patterns *Pattern construction
  • Pattern development
  • Production techniques
  • Fashion media, techniques and technologies
  • Garment production

Student Comments

"When looking for an outfit I always used to struggle to find the design that I wanted! But now I've completed this course I can create the designs that I want. I feel so proud of what I have achieved, bring on the HND in Fashion and Textiles next year!" Fatima, Alumni 2018-19

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 13 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) 13 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) 13 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £3500.00 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ 13 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £3500.00 1 Academic year You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.