Fashion and Textiles Level 3

Start Date
Course Course
Design & Visual Arts
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

Interested in a career in Fashion/Textiles? Fashion and textiles offers a wide range of career opportunities and is one of the biggest employers in the UK, with currently 860,000 employees. The facilities at Hillsborough Campus provide workshops and studios with industry equipment and specialist staff that have all worked in the fashion/textiles industry. This course focuses on the development and application of specialist expertise, knowledge and skills required by learners to pursue a career in Fashion and/or Textiles. The programme is designed to help you to discover and develop your talents, strengths and individuality in a wide range of career related disciplines including fashion design, textile design, illustration, pattern cutting, garment manufacture, garment technology, as well as business and marketing aspects of the industry. This course will prepare you for employment in the industry at assistant level, Apprenticeships or onto higher education.

Key Units

You will work on a series of project briefs that are dynamic and responsive to current design trends, in order to help prepare you for employment in the industry or further specialised study.

Key units will include:
  • Unit 01: The Creative Process
  • Unit 02: Developing Creative Practice
  • Unit 03: Responding to a set brief
  • Unit 04: Researching a Specialist Industry Practice
  • Unit 05: Specialist Technical Skills Development
  • Unit 06: Specialist Creative Outcome

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C/grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives), including English Language and an art or textiles related subject, or portfolio of art/design work.

If you do not already hold a minimum of grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths/English Language you will continue to study for these (or a Functional Skills qualification) alongside your main core units. 


Assessment is by continual assessment of coursework including practical, theoretical and written project work. You will need to present your work at times to tutors and your peers.

You must successfully pass each unit in order to progress and achieve the full extended diploma.

You will be assessed internally by teaching staff and by an external moderator from the awarding body, UAL. Your final grade will be awarded at the end of the course after the external moderator has agreed all grades.

Where does this Lead

On completion of this course students will have the necessary skills to apply for the Foundation Degree in Fashion Production and Business at The Sheffield College, or onto a range of Higher Education opportunities at universities throughout the UK.

Students will also have the option to study a for a further year at The Sheffield College on the Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design to enable further exploration of Fashion/Textiles and the Creative Industries.

Future Opportunities

The UK is now globally recognised as a world leader in Fashion Education.

Students will gain the skills and professional attributes to transition into a range of employment opportunities at a junior or assistant level in areas such as:
  • design
  • pattern cutter
  • sewing machinist
  • dress maker
  • merchandiser
  • stylist
  • costume designer
  • business or retail

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Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and a keen interest in the subject of fashion and or textiles. As the course is assessed entirely by coursework you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

There are a number of open evenings planned throughout the year, please click here for dates. Taster sessions will be available (usually in July) when prospective learners are invited to spend the day in the fashion and textile department.

There are 2-3 study visits a year, which will relate to coursework and competitions take place when relevant to the study programme. Guest lecturers are invited to provide further industry knowledge and experience and are often ex students who are now working in the fashion industry, locally and nationally.

Qualification Title
UAL (University of the Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design. This qualification carries UCAS tariff points equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Extra Costs

Learners are required to provide their own basic equipment and will be required to purchase a specialist kit of materials and equipment. They will also pay a studio fee towards the cost of materials provided by the college.

There will also be a cost for a number of local/national/international visits which will be payable in advance of the trip.

You may be entitled to help with these costs and anything else you need to buy for your course through the Student Support Fund.

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