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Fashion & Textiles BA (Hons) (top-up from HND) (full-time)

You will develop all of the design skills and technical knowledge you need to be successful in the fashion industry.  You will have access to everything you need to develop a major collection at a professional catwalk standard in your final year. 

Strong industry links, guest speakers, live projects, work experience and internships are all an integral part of the course. You will also develop professional and entrepreneurial skills to help you find your way through the creative industries.

Our final year students take part in the Catwalk Show at the annual London Graduate Fashion Week. Students will benefit from the opportunity to engage with the University of Northampton’s annual Subject Futures Week, an exciting event and an excellent opportunity for students to explore the potential of their course and understand where it can lead them beyond graduation.

Fashion and Textiles

Bedford College fashion and textile students are continuing to compete on an international stage. Two students are through to the final ten of 2018 Professional Clothing Awards where they will be competing with designers from across Europe. Last year students from the Bedford College took 1st, 2nd and prizes in the Personal, Protective, Equipment (PPE) category beating university students from across the UK.

Holly Varney-Lonsdale, aged 19, of Kempston is through to the finals of this year’s bigger event with her designs for firefighter kit. And Summer Gill, 21, of Barton le Clay, has designed a uniform for airport ground crew.

In 2017 three Fashion & Textile Higher Education students at Bedford College took 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the national Professional Clothing Awards. Abby Simpson, Sarah Davis and Megan Schneider made up their designs made up for the showcase event in London on June 21st. At the same time Bedford College won the overall ‘Best University’ plaque.

"2017 was a massive competition that received 100s of entries from top Fashion & Textile BA degree courses nationally, including institutions such as Nottingham and Brighton. Reaching the semi-finals involved our students being awarded a grant to make up their submitted designs, these were then showcased on the catwalk at the 2018 Professional Clothing Awards" said Elisa Bratton, HND and Level 3 Fashion & Textiles Course Manager.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a Fashion or Textiles BTEC HND.

Course content

Confirmed units:

  • Design Context Communication (40 credits)
  • Final Major Project (80 credits)

Assessment methods

100% module assignments.


Choose either:

  • BA Hons Fashion
  • BA Hons Fashion (Textiles for Fashion)

Further study and career options

Course progression: You could continue along the academic route with a focused MA in any area of Fashion and Textiles.

Career progression: When you graduate from this course, you will be well suited to work in the fashion industry, including:

  • designing
  • pattern cutting
  • buying
  • merchandising
  • PR
  • editorial.
Additional information

Additional costs

  • In previous years our students have had the opportunity to visit fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, Tokyo and New York.
  • All the study trips are optional and the costs vary year on year. Typically, this is approximately £800 for New York, and £400 for European trips  (Milan, Amsterdam, Sweden).
  • There is a resource fee of £150 to cover material costs.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

How to apply

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code FTT1. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

You also need to register with the University of Northampton:

  • Visit, type Fashion into the keywords and it will bring up the programmes. Once clicked, it will bring up a list of session codes.
  • CBAAFASTF - 3F9BF is the code you need for BA Fashion (Textiles for Fashion).
  • It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer
  • In additional to capturing your personal information, the university requires you to upload a personal statement document and upload scans of your qualification certificates
  • You will also need to indicate how you will be paying the tuition fees: HE loan, self-fee payer, sponsor/employer to pay fees etc. If your employer should be invoiced, you will also need to upload a letter of authorisation from your employer on headed paper confirming this.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to apply online via the University of Northampton's website at: – it is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 Year 27/09/2021 £8000 Cauldwell Street BBL1646

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.