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Fashion and Textiles — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Fashion, Art and Design

Course ID: 163227

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Develop your practical skills and specialist knowledge in our supportive and respectful learning environment.
  • Gain a BTEC Higher National that is regarded highly by potential employers.
  • You'll work within an inclusive and supportive team.
  • Develop your higher level skills in fashion design.
  • Higher National Certificate.

What to expect from the course

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. You'll have the opportunity to master essential techniques for your chosen pathway and develop your 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. 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 will provide you with an opportunity to master the essential skills of your chosen specialism, and develop higher level skills to meet the skills shortages within the industry. You'll broaden your experience and depth of knowledge, allowing the development of skills and attributes essential for a career in the industry.

Gain a deep understanding of the relationship between the designer, maker, and final outcome. You 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 (21-22)

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


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

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.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
A chef preparing a dish.
Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

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.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

• Submission of a suitable portfolio of work
• 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.
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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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