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I have found the course really inspiring. I couldn’t sew when I  started but by the end of the first year I had designed and made a 1950’s prom dress!”

6th Form Student

Do you dream of being a fashion designer?
Are you always looking at the next trends and catwalk shows?  The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design (Fashion & Textiles) course will give you an introduction into the specialist skills required to become part of the expanding British Fashion/Textiles Industry.  You will practice industry standard techniques in pattern cutting, garment production, fabric manipulation, surface decoration and develop design concepts and practical skills in clothing manufacture.

You will work in sketchbooks using the design cycle to develop ideas into products of a professional standard.  By the end of the course you will have built a comprehensive portfolio of Fashion & Clothing garments.

No examination.
Coursework based.
Evidence: Sketchbooks & samples.
Explore materials, techniques and processes
Artist and Designer Research Investigations
Fashion Portfolio.
End of Year Fashion Show.

Entry Requirement

Grade 4 in Maths and an English Lang plus three other GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
Art /Textiles is an advantage.


Students are continually assessed throughout the course.  Assessment takes many different forms, both written and verbal.  There are designated assessment points throughout the year when units of study are assessed against the Level 3 Certificate grading criteria. Each unit is graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

The Level 3 Certificate qualification is the vocational equivalent to one ‘A’ level.

Year One

Unit 14-  Textiles Materials, Techniques and Processes—Task set by Fashion/Textiles Teacher.
Unit 2 - Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design—
Task set by BTEC. Externally Assessed

Internally Assessed.

Year Two

Unit 3 - The Creative Process—Task set by Fashion/Textiles Teacher. Internally Assessed.
Unit 1 - Visual Recording and Communication—
Task set by BTEC. Externally Assessed

Future Applications

Potential Universities: NUA-Norwich University of the Arts: BA Fashion Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London: BA Fashion

Potential Career Path: Fashion Designer, Fashion Illustrator, Fashion Buyer, Fashion Blogger


Students who have completed the BTEC course have continued with their studies in various subjects including Fashion at degree level.