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Art and Design (Fashion and Clothing) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This course provides the first step on a path to a career within the Fashion Industry. The course is structured to raise awareness of the breadth and diversity of the fashion and textiles industry, and designed to enable students to acquire a range of essential practical skills whilst retaining the freedom to identify and develop areas of individual interest and ability.

Course content

Mandatory Units:

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Visual Communication through Art and Design
  • Contextual Influences in Art and Design.

Specialist Units:

  • Fashion Media, Techniques and Technology
  • Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design
  • Design Methods in Art and Design
  • Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design
  • Pattern Construction for Fashion and Clothing
  • Pattern Development for Fashion and Clothing
  • Production Techniques for Fashion and Clothing
  • Fashion Visualisation
  • Garment Production
  • Fashion Presentation Techniques
  • Surface Pattern
  • Drawing from Observation

Entry requirements

Minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C or above preferably to include English, Maths and a relevant arts based subject. 
Alternatively a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Art & Design or a related subject at Merit or above is acceptable.
Students will be required to take functional skills in English and Maths in their first year of study should they not have GCSE at the required grade. The level of functional skills will be decided at initial assessment.
Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at which a portfolio of work will be reviewed


All non A Level qualifications including BTECs will now have some part of the course assessed externally (up to a maximum of 40% of the units). This still means that the majority of a BTEC course is assessed as normal as a student progresses through the two years by the teachers at the College through the coursework but there will be some units that have external assessments. The external assessments can take many forms: some might be practical projects such as responding to a particular brief or working on a project in controlled conditions, as well as traditional written or online examinations. Examples of all of the different types of assessment will be created in time to allow all students to practice and prepare for the real thing.

Future opportunities

As one of Britain's largest and fastest-moving employment sectors, the fashion industry requires a constant stream of graduates with widely differing skills and areas of expertise, and the ability to respond effectively to the changing needs of the market place. Warwickshire College has a proven track record in enabling students to gain places on the UK’s top fashion degree courses. The Extended Diploma is an accepted entry qualification for Higher Education, and many universities offer a variety of fashion/textiles courses at BA (Hons) or Higher National Diploma level. Students not wishing to continue to higher education will be offered guidance in applying for apprenticeships and management training schemes within the retail or manufacturing sector. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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