Fashion – BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design Fashion


BTEC Fashion offers students an exciting opportunity to develop skills in textile processes and apply them to Fashion outcomes. You will gain a thorough understanding of the following techniques: drawing, mark making, machine embroidery, dyeing, screen-printing, weaving, crochet, macramé, fabric manipulation and heat-printing. Alongside these textile processes you will develop skills in constructing fashion garments.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Art & Design Fashion is equivalent to 1 A Level and encourages an experimental approach to Art and Design with an emphasis on Fashion and Textiles.


Course Content

In the first year students will be introduced to a range of different textile approaches; stitch, print and constructed. These techniques will be developed to produce fashion outcomes.  They are delivered within skills-based projects over three units in the first year, progressing onto three specialist units in the second year of the course. During the second year students will be able to focus on a specialist area such as fabric manipulation, surface design or constructed textiles. Students will study three mandatory units (2 of which are externally assessed) and two optional units.

Throughout the course your fashion/textile creations will be supported by research, studying the work of practitioners and learning from their techniques and processes. The main purpose of the course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and enable you to respond in a creative way through hands on making.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips to galleries, fashion shows, workshops and artist/designer studios. We also have talks by visiting speakers, including a variety of local designers and artists.


Many students go on to study Fashion at Art College or university and do courses including:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Styling and Promotion
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • Fashion Textiles (embroidery, knit or print)
  • Foundation course in Art and Design

Fashion is one of the most competitive of the creative industries – to gain employment students need to be highly qualified, talented, original and extraordinarily hard-working. This course will support students to develop these skills rapidly but the hard work has to be done by them.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

It is preferable that students also have a suitable portfolio.

The course is assessed through coursework as well as an exhibition and fashion show.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

What goes well with this course?

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion) is a time consuming course. Students could combine this course with:

  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Art A Level
  • Humanities subjects
  • Business


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2020. The application form for the academic year 2019-2020 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Get in touch

Tel: 01737 551 176
Fax: 01737 551 282
Email: enquiries@coulsdon.ac.uk

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