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Fashion and Clothing BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Holy Family Catholic High School

Course description

This year we have introduced a new and exciting course. This course is suitable for students who enjoy Fashion, Clothing and Textiles and who are willing to be challenged and have their creativity encouraged and developed. The BTEC Diploma is an exciting and highly practical two year course ideal for students aiming to progress towards higher education and careers within the fashion and textiles industry.

You will learn how to use a variety of different materials across a broad range of techniques and processes, some will be familiar to you, and some will be new. You will learn new practical skills, but also how to develop your ideas through the design cycle from concept to finished outcome. You will learn how to research and talk about how other artists and designers work and how looking at others work can help you develop your own ideas. You will be encouraged to become an independent creative thinker who can also be part of a team.

Course content

You will complete a total of 6 units over the 2 years and will complete a number of different assignments. The assignments will take the form of projects where you research, plan, design, make and evaluate a piece of work. Your work will mainly be presented in an A3 sketchbook and you will build a portfolio of evidence to meet all the standards required.
Assignments include-
- Design and make a fashion accessory to sell in the museum shop at the new Museum of Liverpool.
- Investigate ways of visual communication in fashion and produce a range of fashion illustrations using different media.
- Research a famous fashion designer and produce a range of designs based on their style.
- Produce a decorative costume showing inspiration from the theme of ‘Natural World’.
- Design and make a corset to demonstrate a range of construction techniques.
- Produce your own mini-collection with inspiration from the TV show ‘Project Catwalk’.

Entry requirements

Recommended – GCSE Grade C or above in Design & Technology – Textiles and/or at least a merit in BTEC Art & Design Level 2 This is not essential, as students will be considered on their individual skills, commitment and interest in the subject. An APS (average point score) of 37+ is recommended.


The course consists of 100% coursework and assignments are internally assessed at regular intervals. You will achieve a pass, merit or distinction for each unit. You will receive informal verbal feedback on a regular basis from your teacher to help improve your work for assessment at the end of the course when the final grade is awarded.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Fashion & Clothing can lead you into a whole range of professions and sectors. This industry is exciting, diverse, creative and inspirational and is subject to constant change due to the demands of the national and international market.
Fashion journalism
Fashion photography
Pattern cutting
Sample machinist
Fashion stylist
Costume design
Fashion buying
Garment technology
Fashion/clothing design

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 February 2017
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