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Fashion & Clothing BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

The BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing aims to equip students with a broad range of skills relevant to the fashion and associated industries and our students have an excellent track record of progression success. Subjects covered include pattern cutting, manufacture, textiles, design research, portfolio presentation, sketchbook development, fashion illustration, photography, CAD and Historical and Contextual studies. The course offers a stimulating working environment where students are encouraged to develop their own individual aesthetic signature. Emphasis is placed on technical ability, balanced by creative exploration and material investigation. The highlight of the course, is when students get to create a mini collection supported with research for their Final Major Project which is shown at the end of year show and Summer fair.

Course content

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 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 other artists and Fashion designers work and how looking at others work can help you develop your own ideas. We will encourage you to become an independent creative thinker who can also be part of a team. Presentation skills are an important part of becoming a designer so regular critiques are held in all classes.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A to C, including English Language, Maths and an art subject or a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Art and design. All candidates are interviewed and must bring some artwork to the interview in the form of a sketchbook, design boards, garments or photographic evidence of work. Students work may be presented on a CD or USB.

The course is for candidates who wish to study and develop their skills through all aspects of Fashion and Clothing. On the course you will learn by completing set assignments through lectures, practical workshops and looking at other artists work. You will be expected to keep abreast of current developments in Fashion through visiting galleries and exhibitions in your own time to support your studies. The course is predominately practical and prospective students should have the energy and commitment to work in active workshop environments but also, the academic ability to work at A level standard.


All work is internally assessed throughout both years at college assessment weeks. Your work will be assessed by the relevant subject staff, but your personal tutor will keep a record of your progress on a portfolio index. An external moderator visits the department once a year to ensure that we are marking to the correct standard.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

The BTEC L3 Extended Diploma is valued by both employers and Universities. This course prepares you for employment and provides an excellent grounding for more advanced courses at colleges and Universities. Career paths are many and varied some examples are: Fashion Design, Illustration, Pattern Cutting, Garment Manufacture, Set/Theatre Design, Fashion Promotion and Marketing. The course has an excellent track record for students entering their chosen University course.

Further information

All learners at Oaklands College take part in an initial assessment for Maths and English, to help us ensure that everyone reaches their full potential. We deliver Functional skills as an additionality. In the first year students are given support for their communication skills through Contextual studies and subject lessons and in the second year Functional skills ICT is delivered in tutorials. In year two there is an additionality of City and Guilds L2 Life drawing. There are regular trips throughout the 2 years to Clothes show Live, V&A, Natural History Museum, Fashion & Textile Museum and in the second year a foreign trip.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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