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Fashion and Textiles — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Course information

This HNC in Fashion and Textiles has a strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding to meet the needs of the sector. BTEC Higher Nationals are recognised by employers as providing students with the key concepts and practical skills for direct progression to either Higher Education or employment within the fashion industry. Students will have the opportunity to master essential techniques for their chosen pathway and develop their higher level skills in fashion design.

Modules covered:

Semester 1

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project
  • Techniques and Processes

Semester 2

  • Professional Development
  • Fashion & Textile Practices
  • Pattern Cutting and Garment Making
  • Fashion Collection

A fundamental aspect of the student’s development is educational visits which enhance the course experience and underpin all assignments. Previous destinations have included Paris (Paris Photo), London and Dublin, giving students the opportunity to not only add to their own portfolios but also to network with other photographers at an international level. Guest lectures are also incorporated into the curriculum to enhance the student’s understanding of professional practice and previous guest lectures have included acclaimed photographers, curators, marketing and PR representatives and specialist practitioners.

Skills and Knowledge Developed: This programme provides students with an opportunity to master the essential skills of their chosen specialism and develop higher level skills to meet the skills shortages within the industry.

Students will broaden their experience and depth of knowledge, allowing them to develop skills and attributes essential for a career in the industry.

Students will gain a deep understanding of the relationship between the designer, maker, and final outcome. They will be equipped with the skills necessary to translate a design and creative ideas into a finished and wearable garment. Design ideas will be presented evocatively, through appropriate visual material and practical outcomes - both 2D and 3D - demonstrating a high aesthetic, skilful manufacture and a strong theoretical understanding.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Fashion and Textiles Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when there is sufficient numbers.


Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles)

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas. Students who achieve BTEC Level 4 HNC can progress to the BTEC level 5 HND specialism, and potentially progress to either a further degree programme or employment.

Entry Requirements

• Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (MMM minimum) or 3 A-level qualifications in a relevant subject area
• GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above or equivalent
• We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.

All applicants are given the opportunity to attend one of our Open Event workshops and are interviewed face to face (interview questions and portfolio).

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

Why study with us?

There will be opportunity for students to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links to the creative industries will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a creative team. Learning is supported through a series of guest lectures and contextual visits, where students have the opportunity to visit galleries, museums and exhibitions and have discussions with professional practitioners for advice and guidance.

Educational trips also feature within the course and are an excellent opportunity for students to network with industry professionals.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163227

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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