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Fashion (Art & Design) - Cambridge Technical: Certificate (OCR) Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Hackney Community College

Course description

The specialist fashion pathway of this qualification is a superb opportunity. You’ll
get a rounded experience of 2D and 3D fashion and clothing techniques, develop
your skills and also build up UCAS points supporting progression to HE.

You’ll cover the following units: 
Art and design in context
How artists and designers use 2D materials techniques and processes
Planning, researching and developing ideas for a specialist brief
Realising an outcome for a specialist brief
Fashion design
Fashion production and Design Textile design.
Up-cycling fashion products and Fashion illustration

Course content

The qualification gives hands-on practical experience based on real-life scenarios.
The course is exam-free so suits all learning styles. You are required to complete a substantial amount of practical work, which must be evidenced through sketchbooks, annotation of work, and producing end outcomes based on a theme/tasks.
You will participate in work experience and a field trip, usually abroad.

The course has approximately 15 hours teacher contact time per week. You should expect to spend an additional 5 hours a week completing homework / assignment work in addition to your actual lessons. Normally, you should expect to spend an extra 5 hours a week on private study. Some of this can be at college using the open access facility with technician support. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet, etc

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A-C or equivalent including maths and English or a relevant level 2 qualification, plus college assessment. We will see your portfolio of work at interview.


There are no exams for this Cambridge Technical qualification. Your practical work, sketchbooks, annotation of work, and end outcomes will form part of your course assessment.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Foundation degree or degree in fashion or textiles, apprenticeship or work.

Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues. Tutorials and support throughout your programme will prepare you for your next step.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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