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BTEC National Diploma

Design & Technology in the Sixth Form

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Fashion Design & Production

Below you will find a detailed overview of the BTEC National Diploma in Fashion Design & Production offered at the Altrincham College Sixth Form.  

This course will offer dedicated and motivated students a fantastic opportunity to progress to university and pursue a variety of careers including; Designer, Stylist, Visual Merchandiser, Fashion Promoter, Fashion Illustrator, Costumier, to name a few.

This unique course is run in our fantastic Sixth Form Centre, and makes use of our outstanding Arts, Fashion and Textiles studios, giving our students the greatest opportunity to achieve the highest grades.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*‐C (9-4 under the new grading system) including English Language, Maths and Art & Design/Textiles.

You must have achieved a minimum of a grade B (5/6) for the Art course that you completed in Year 11 (Textiles/Art & Design/Graphics/Creative Media).

Course Content

The qualification is designed to give learners a technical understanding of Fashion Design and Production. Learners gain knowledge and skills in design, pattern cutting, manufacturing methods and promotion to produce fashion projects. Learners choose an optional unit in another art and design discipline which complements the subject and gives breadth to their practice. The qualification is for post 16 learners intending to gain employment in the fashion industry, possibly after further study in higher education and is designed to be studied over two years alongside additional qualifications.

Learning Methods and Assessment

The course will be structured around 4-5 Fashion Design & Production assignments per year which will allow students to develop a wide variety of skills.

  • This is a coursework‐based qualification so there is no exam.
  • The course will be delivered over 12 lessons a week, for the duration of 2 years.
  • Units will be assessed through an on-going process throughout the 2 years so that students are fully aware of their own grades and targets.
  • The course is graded; Distinction *,  Distinction, Merit,  Pass.
  • This final grade is broadly the equivalent to 2 A Levels.

There will be appropriate enrichment activities and educational and resource finding visits organised throughout the 2 years to enhance student learning.