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Fashion and Textiles BTEC Diploma Level 2 at Waltham Forest College

Course description

If you are interested in developing a portfolio for applications onto more advanced level courses in Fashion and Textiles, this is the ideal course for you. The course covers a wide range of Art and Design areas including painting, printmaking, fashion design, photography, 3D techniques, research techniques and art history.

During the course you will maintain a sketchbook and build a portfolio of artwork that can lead to a higher level course in Fashion and Textiles, including the Level 3 Extended Diploma. You will also have the chance to meet and work with visiting professional specialists, visit museums and exhibitions.

The course will allow you to seriously widen your knowledge and understanding of the creative process, helping you to put your learning into context by researching relevant artists and designers.

Course content

Develop a greater understanding of the fashion industry and design-related areas
Working with fashion design briefs
Pattern cutting and sewing
Researching relevant artists and designers

Entry requirements

Level 1 qualification, merit desirable
3 GCSEs at Grade E or above
Portfolio of practical artwork
Successful interview


Most units are continuously assessed and graded with one unit externally assessed by BTEC External Verifiers. An overall grade for the qualification is then awarded at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto a Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles or Apprenticeship. Alternatively, you could consider career opportunities in Fashion Design, Textiles Design, Art, Fashion Promotions, Fashion Styling, Buying/Merchandiser, Sample Machinist, Pattern Cutter and self-employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2017
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    • Train:

      Trains run to Walthamstow Central from Liverpool Street station (a bus can then be taken to the College, see below). Wood Street station is approximately a 10-minute walk from the College.


      The Victoria Line ends at Walthamstow Central, which is approximately a 15-minute walk to the College. Alternatively, you can get a bus, see below.


      From Walthamstow Central:Bus 275 stops outside the College, 212 stops across the road from the College (Shernhall Street). Buses 97, 357, 34 or 215 stop at the 'Bell Corner' (junction of Hoe Street and Forest Road). From here, the College is approximately five-minute walk.

      From Blackhorse Road Tube Station: Bus 123 also stops outside the College on route between Tottenham and Ilford