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Sewing and Textiles (with ESOL) ABC Certificate Level 2 at Hackney Community College

Course description

You will cover five units which are industry-led skills: garment construction using industrial machines, introduction to accessories, basic pattern cutting, construction techniques for bags and design principles for mood boards and trend research. You will also study ESOL with a fashion theme to develop your language skills.

Course content

The ABC course with embedded ESOL is very “hands-on” and 80% of the teaching takes place in specialist rooms that simulate industry requirements Study skills are taught in IT classrooms to prepare you for written assignments. You will learn by a combination of formal teaching in your specialist subjects as well as the use of research, tests, assessments, experimental work and note taking. You will also take part project which will end with a public end of year exhibition. You will use ICT in the classroom and library as well as answer questions from hand-outs and assignments. Learning also takes place outside of the classes in the form of museum trips, and shops.

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 and Intranet, etc

Entry requirements

Ideally, ABC Level 1 Certificate in Sewing and Textiles, Fashion and Textiles, Skills for Life or an equivalent qualification. You will need to show your portfolio of work at a College interview or evidence of a level 1 qualification.


You are required to complete practical tasks which must be evidenced in folders, annotation of work, and produce an end outcomes based on a theme/task. The work completed will form part of your course assessment. It is assessed and graded internally by a combination of practical work with end outcomes, presentations, exhibitions and written work. The work produced will relate to specific unit assignments and by the end of the year you will be expected to have completed your folder and two garments.

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

Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Diploma. It is hoped that you would then progress into Higher Education and / or employment.

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, 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.


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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