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Fashion and Clothing BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Waltham Forest College

Course description

This course is the second year of an 18 unit (180 credits) studied over two years just like an A level programme. It is equivalent to 3 A levels. Year one (Subsidiary) consists of a 90 credit programme. After year one, most students will enrol onto for a second year and complete a full BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma ensuring progression to university level courses, higher apprenticeships or employment.

The second year will develop and extend the essential skills for Fashion and Clothing, from sketchbook to catwalk. It includes design, textiles, fashion illustration, garment construction, surface decoration, garment styling, modelling on the stand, business and marketing of fashion and historical and contextual studies. You will also have the chance to meet and work with visiting professional specialists, with visits to museums and exhibitions. You will also have the rewarding opportunity to exhibit your final major project in an end of year show and at the Winns Gallery.

The qualification has the same academic value as 3 A levels and will give you the academic points and portfolio of work necessary to support progression to university level courses, higher apprenticeships or employment.

Course content

Research and product development
Design and manufacture your own collection

Entry requirements

BTEC Subsidiary + Level 3 Qualification with an outcome of 9 units or BTEC 90 credit Diploma in Fashion and Clothing
4 GCSEs at Grade C or above
Portfolio of work


Your progress will be continuously monitored, assessed and verified by your tutor. You will keep a record of your achievements in a portfolio, which together with your final outcomes/artworks will be verified externally by an Examining Board.
Practical workshops

Future opportunities

Progression to university, higher apprenticeships, employment or an internship

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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      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