Fashion — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

The HND in Fashion builds on your previous experience and 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 learners with the key concepts and
practical skills for direct progression to either Higher Education or employment
within the Fashion Industry. Learners will have the opportunity to master
essential techniques for their chosen pathway and develop higher level skills in
Fashion Design. The programme is offered on both a part time and full time basis
with the framework providing flexibility to develop and support continuous
professional development opportunities.

Modules covered:

  • Professional Practice

  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project

  • Advance Fashion Studies

  • Branding & Identity

  • Material Selection & Specification

  • Trend Forecasting

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
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

Special Features: There will be opportunity for learners 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.

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

HND Fashion Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

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


Higher National Diploma in Fashion

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas. Learners who achieve BTEC Level 5 HND can potentially progress to either a further degree programme or employment.

Entry Requirements

• Completed HNC in Fashion or equivalent Level 4 certificate of higher education
• GCSE English Language at grade C 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.

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Course ID: 158544

Course Year: 19/20

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

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