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Fashion and Clothing (Art and Design) BTEC Level 3 at Cedars Upper School

Course description

This course is aimed at creative students who have a passion for making products. Students learn to spot future trends & develop designs that reflect commercial and personal concerns. They learn pattern cutting and manufacturing skills to turn their designs into reality, learning how to safely use tools and machinery. Students explore fashion promotion, analysing fashion campaigns and producing their own. The qualification allows students to develop project planning and communication skills through vocational projects that refine their technical skills and abilities.
All students are involved in the school’s fashion show, which gives students an insight to what would happen in industry.

Course content

The qualification is designed to give learners a technical understanding of Fashion Design and Production. Learners gain knowledge and skills in design, pattern cutting, manufacturing methods and promotion to produce fashion projects. Learners choose an optional unit in another art and design discipline which complements the subject and gives breadth to their practice.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved a minimum of grade C in GCSE Textiles (or similar courses such as Art or Graphics).
Students who have not studied Textiles at GCSE can do the course but they must have an interesting in sewing.


This qualification is the equivalent in size to two A Levels.
For the 2 year course there are 9 units of which 8 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (92%). External assessment (33%).

Financial information

Fabrics £35.00+
Folders & Sketchbooks £20.00
Possible visits £30.00

Future opportunities

There are a variety of career opportunities relating to fashion including; designer of menswear, womenswear, or childrenswear, over a series of specialist markets including; bridalwear, sportswear, accessories, lingerie, costume etc, pattern cutter/grader, visual merchandiser, fashion illustrator, fashion photographer, fashion journalist, stylists etc

Further information

This course MUST be taken as a 2 year course.
The course is nationally recognised qualification, matching A Level’s UCAS’ Tariff points system allowing pupils to progress onto University without the need of an additional foundation year at college. E.g. D* = A*, D = A, M = C, P = E.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years