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Fashion and Clothing BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

Whether you are a creative or technically minded individual wanting to get your foot in the door of the exciting global fashion and clothing industry, this BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is an excellent starting point.


A key aspect of this Extended Diploma programme is the continual and formative assessment of coursework, so you will know how you are progressing at every stage. Your personal tutor will work closely to support you and help to monitor your development through regular 1:1 tutorials.

Course content

Year One

Year one of this creative and dynamic course introduces you to fashion illustration, pattern cutting, the manufacture of clothing, textiles, accessory design and fashion photography. Towards the end of the year, you will work with your peers to create a fashion collection which will be presented as part of the annual End of Year Fashion Show.


Year Two
In the second year of study you will advance your skills in design, pattern cutting and garment manufacture. You will also study CAD, fashion marketing and retail. At this stage in the course you will become ready to think about your application to Higher Education or employment, so you will be supported to research your options and to develop a portfolio of work evidencing the breadth of skills and knowledge you have gained. Your Final Major Project will allow you to design and create a Personal Fashion Collection and showcase your talents in the End of Year Show. During the second year of the course you will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip. Recent destinations have included Paris and New York.


We aim to develop creative, practical and technically able individuals, who upon completion of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma are well equipped with transferable skills for a variety of career opportunities.


English & maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths. Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades. Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including an Art subject and English.


  • A full Level 2 Diploma in a related subject achieved at Merit grade or above. Pass grade will be considered if suitable practical/vocational skills can be demonstrated and a satisfactory reference provided.


  • For qualifications other than GCSE’s in subjects not directly related to this course will only be recognised as equivalent to 1 GCSE.


  • Other experience will be considered for mature applicants.


  • Selection will be by interview. You will be asked to provide some examples of your own work and some evidence of interest in your chosen Art and Design subject.


Students progress is continually monitored with formal assessment of practical and written work.  At the end of the course students display their work in a final exhibition.

Financial information

Students applying for this course should be aware that although the college supplies some materials, the cost of additional resources should not be ignored. Personal materials for this course will cost about £5.00 per week, plus the cost of preparing a portfolio at the end of the programme. Additionally students will be expected to pay £30 into the visits fund at the start of the course to cover the cost of compulsory local educational day trips (this excludes the non-compulsory overseas residential visits). All these costs will be discussed further at interview.


For information about possible other fees and financial help, please call 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

This is the starting point for a career in the global fashion and clothing industry. Some students go directly into employment, for example to retail, entry level pattern cutting, grading, production, showroom or technical assistants, fashion administration, junior or freelance designers. However, many wish to go on to further study on a Foundation Degree, HND or Degree. Students progressing from this course have taken further study in areas such as fashion, fashion design, costume and bridal wear, textiles, clothing engineering, contour fashion, fashion accessories, fashion communications, business and marketing, fashion design management, fashion design promotion and fashion imaging.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the college or our courses, you can write, visit, or telephone Enrolments on 01785 275468. Our e-mail address is:  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to talk to our guidance advisors. For specific course information please contact the appropriate course leader

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stafford College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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