Fashion — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Course information

Interested in a career in Fashion? The world of Fashion is exciting and dynamic with a broad range of career opportunities. The course provides specialist pathways of fashion & clothing, fashion styling & promotion, visual communication, fashion brand management and textiles. This course encourages students to develop individually and gain expertise, thus enabling you to turn your inspirations into a viable catwalk collection and work towards developing an avant-garde portfolio.
This innovative course covers a wide spectrum of related studies leading to your chosen pathway with core units in:-
• Visual language
• Material techniques and processes
• Ideas and concepts
• Communication
• Contextual research
• Planning and problem solving
Learning is mainly through practical demonstrations, group work, lectures, individual projects and presentations and you will be expected to work independently and within realistic time constraint, in order to develop your skills fully. You will also benefit from working in well equipped studios, housing state of the art technologies.
Year 1: The course consists of a number of exciting assignment briefs to include working on live project briefs, which are internally assessed. The final assignment is a controlled externally assessed project graded by the awarding body.
Year 2: This year consists of a number of assignment briefs developed within your chosen area of fashion which is externally assessed and externally moderated.
This course involves educational visits and previous visits have included London Fashion Week, The Clothes Show Live, Victoria & Albert Fashion Museum and the Royal Armouries Museum.
Student work is showcased each year in the end of year Fashion Show.
The assessment for the Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design is summarised as follows:
Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Art & Design
Unit 1: Diagnostic investigation in art and design
• Externally set assignment (100% of qualification)
• Externally marked by UAL Awarding Body
Level 3 Applied General Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Unit 1: Diagnostic investigation in art and design
• Externally set assignment (50% of qualification)
• Externally marked by UAL Awarding Body
Unit 2: Specialist practice in art and design
• Portfolio of evidence (50% of qualification)
• Internally assessed by the centre, externally moderated by UAL Awarding Body
The final grade for the Diploma is determined entirely by the grade achieved in Unit 1. The structure is Fail, Pass, Merit and Distinction.
This course is Advanced Learning Loan eligible, which can fully cover the course fee.


Qualification available:

UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma Fashion
UAL Level 3 Applied General Extended Diploma Fashion

This course leads to...

What the course can lead to:

Employment within the fashion and clothing industry as a fashion designer, illustrator, stylist, pattern cutter, garment technologist, fashion buyer, fashion retail manager or supervisor, small business owner, visual merchandiser, production manager.
The qualification will help gain entry onto one of the higher education courses such as, Foundation Degree, BA in Fashion, Design and Textile related studies, and other degree programmes in Higher Education.
Many of our students progress to degree courses at London College of Fashion, UCLAN, Manchester Metropolitan University, LJMU, Leeds College of Art etc.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

5 GCSE qualifications at grade 4/C or above to include English and maths or a full Level 2 qualification at Merit grade or above.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 157663

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

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