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Fashion and Clothing (BTEC) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

Anyone who enjoys Textile Design, Art, Fashion and is creative. This course will develop your practical, visualisation and CAD/ CAM skills and allow you to explore vocational possibilities. The structure of the course enables learners to identify their own areas of interest and select appropriate units. Specialist unit examples: Fashion material, techniques and processes and costume design.

This course enables students to:

Undertake specialised studies directly relevant to the fashion/ textile and other creative professions in which learners intend to seek employment or further study. 

Develop an understanding of the skills required to develop careers within the fashion, design and related industries

Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life

Achieve pathways into higher education or careers in a variety of related industries.


Course content

The coursework is broken down into small units of work and this will involve using CAD/ CAM and traditional methods to produce practical samples, final outcomes such as garments and accessories and experiment with different techniques.

Core Units:

Visual recording and communication

Critical and contextual studies

The creative process

Specialist unit examples (choose 2 units)

Fashion materials, techniques and processes

All units are coursework based, however the visual recording and critical and contextual studies units have a five hour time period to assemble your portfolio of work and is sent off for external moderation.

Entry requirements

Grade 4/C in GCSE Art, GCSE Textiles or another D&T subject.

Future opportunities

This course will allow you to pursue a number of pathways. You can progress straight into employment. There is a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example: Fashion/ clothing designer, tailor/dressmaker, multimedia designer, sales, marketing, buying and distributing, quality control, testing, researching or as a computer specialist. The BTEC in Fashion and Clothing has the equivalence of one A Level, and it is possible for you to progress further into higher education, as successful BTEC qualifications give UCAS points for university applications. This qualification will help you to access a number of university courses at foundation or degree level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017

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