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Fashion & Textiles BTEC HNC (full-time)

This is a full-time creative qualification designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career within the exciting and ever-widening fashion and textile industry. The new curriculum is designed to develop and establish your fashion and textile design skills, which will enable you to enter a broad choice of career options. The course content will include draping, pattern cutting, manufacturing, production, embellishment, print, CAD and mixed media. To ensure you have the relevant skills to enable you to advance and flourish in your chosen career, the course will also cover: styling, illustration, marketing and promotion, and professional practice.

During the course you will be encouraged to develop a highly individual, ideas-based portfolio which can be used for interview and as a promotional tool to support freelance work. You will engage with fashion and textile designers and businesses from a variety of specialisms and backgrounds. All tutors on the course are practising designers, providing you with up to date and current industry knowledge. You will also work towards creating finished garments for a fashion show and as part of exhibition of student work at the end of each year. Work experience opportunities are also made available to you in the latter stages of the course. A list of visiting contacts and speakers is available on request.

More national success for Fashion & Textiles students

The undergraduate Fashion & Textile students at Bedford College have once again been successful in a national competition, this time with The Bradford Textile Society.

This is a prestigious textile competition entered by the UK’s top textile universities with more than 1,000 entries. Sophie Penwright from Bedford College was awarded 1st place in her category: THE CLOTHWORKERS’ COMPANY AWARD – A printed textile design for either fashion or interiors which shows creative potential. The prize-winning work was also on display at the Dye House Gallery in Bradford.

Elisa Bratton, Textiles Lecturer, enthused: “It is really exciting to see how the HND course here at Bedford College is competing on a national scale alongside the top BA institutions in the country in not only fashion (with the recent Professional Clothing Awards shortlisting 2nd year running), but now also within the textile print sector and the prestigious Bradford Prize.”

Fashion winner

Sophie Bradford

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

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS points with some art, design and media element OR
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification

Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your existing work. Applicants from A-Level courses displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered. We welcome applications from mature students who will considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

This course is best suited to candidates who can provide evidence of their ability and/or potential to:

  • Work imaginatively in fashion and textiles
  • Generate and develop creative ideas in response to a wide range of briefs
  • Articulate and communicate creative intentions clearly
  • Show willingness to collaborate and discuss work in group situations
  • Reflect critically on activities and learning, and demonstrate intellectual enquiry
  • Embrace new ways of thinking and exploit digital technologies.

Course content

During this course you will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual communication
  • Ideas generation
  • Contextual and cultural referencing
  • Professional practice.

In addition, you will study four specialist units from the following selection:

  • Techniques and processes in textiles
  • Fashion and textiles materials
  • Pattern construction in fashion
  • Design application in fashion
  • Design application in textiles.

You will also be taught how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in the second term.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising designers, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each task.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. Roles in the industry include: fashion/textile buyer, costume designer, dressmaker, fashion designer, freelance designer/maker, production manager, sales manager, textile designer, or wardrobe supervisor.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Provision of basic fashion and textiles equipment such as sketchbooks, drawing equipment, hand sewing needles, quality scissors and any additional consumable materials such as fabrics and specialist threads, demanded by personal project requirements.
  • Resource fee of £150 to cover: printing binders, specialist procion dyes, specialist printing pigments, screen emulsion and A1 cartridge paper.
  • Train fares for visits by train to London (normally up to two a year).
  • A digital camera and portable external hard drive/USB stick would be advantageous but are not essential.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code 232W. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

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.

Please note: You will be required to attend college 2 days per week (days to be confirmed)

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 27/09/2021 £5895 Cauldwell Street BBL136

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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.