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The direct contribution of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy was estimated at £32.3bn in 2017. It is estimated that fashion supports 890,000 jobs - up 1.8 per cent on 2016.

  • This course combines design development together with technical and practical skills to give students a wide range of different options to choose within the fashion and textile industry.
  • Students take part in Live, industry led projects such as the Royal Opera House costume design challenge. This enhances their design skills and allows them to work to an industry led criteria.
  • The majority of students progress to higher education degree level programmes once they have completed the 2 year programme; some also go straight into employment. Whilst studying on the course, students are fully supported in their progression options; this is delivered as part of the curriculum.
  • Students take part in a range of work placements at companies such as Diesel head office, F&F Clothing buying department, The Young Vic Theatre costume department.

Student pass rates on the course remain consistently high: 96-100%.

"The course really prepared me for university and I learnt skills I can take forward into my fashion career."

"I made the right choice in choosing fashion at college rather than A levels @ school."

"I feel so much closer to my ambition to be a famous fashion designer; the fashion director at my placement said I was really talented with a great portfolio."

"Doing this course has given me the confidence and skills to pursue my dream job of working as a fashion stylist."

Career Destinations

  • Fashion, Textile or Costume Designer
  • Tailoring
  • Garment Production Assistant
  • Buyer
  • Merchandiser
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Styling and Promotion

What can I do next?

After successfully completing a UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) you can progress to a second and final year of specialist study with a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma (Fashion & Textiles). Students develop a specialist portfolio of work and employability skills for direct progression to Higher Education or employment.

What will I be doing?

You will Gain skills in fashion design, pattern cutting and garment production.

  • Investigate visual studies incorporating fashion illustration and Computer Aided Design
  • Study textile design, production, fashion crafts and sustainability in fashion
  • Improve awareness of the global history of fashion
  • Research current industry practice and methods used in fashion forecasting and fashion promotion
  • Learn how to present design ideas in a professional environment
  • Develop appropriate skills/qualifications in English Maths and software applications

Added Extras

  • Enrichment programme of visits may include The Clothes Show, Fashion & Textile Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Fabric sourcing and shop reporting in London's West End
  • Work experience opportunities in the fashion industry such as Ted Baker, Young Vic Theatre, F&F Clothing (Tesco) and with independent fashion and bridal stores
  • Produce a collection for a professional fashion show held at a local venue
  • Develop a portfolio of work for direct progression to higher education degree or employment

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the programme culminating in an end of year fashion show. Functional skills are assessed through on-line tests.

Entry requirements?

  • 200 GCSE entry points including English at Grade C (Level 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)


  • Level 2 Diploma at Merit level and English at Grade C (Level 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)
  • You will need to provide examples of art and design work at interview

We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience or qualifications.

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £150, a kit list will be provided with everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £50 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.

Students at HRC who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the Bursary Fund for support towards essential kit, visit and material costs. Please note - bursary funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. For further information contact the Information Centre on 01992 411411or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2020. If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2020, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21). Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £3500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21). If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable. For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change


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