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Fashion & Textiles BTEC HNC (part-time)

This creative qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge, flexibility and skills required for a successful career within this exciting and ever-widening industry. You will be encouraged to develop a highly individual ideas-based Fashion and Textile portfolio. Students engage with Fashion and Textile designers and companies from a variety of specialism’s and backgrounds. Practicing designers from varied backgrounds deliver on the course, providing students with up to date and current knowledge. Students work towards creating garments for our Fashion show and as part of the end of each year students exhibit their work in the form of a static show. Work Experience opportunities are also made available to students in the latter stages of the course. A list of visiting contacts and speakers is available upon 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

To start the course you will need:

  • A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design, OR
  • Extended Diploma in an Art & Design subject, OR
  • An equivalent Level 3 qualification, OR
  • Relevant professional experience.

Applicants from A-Level programmes displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered, as will mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.

This course is best suited to candidates who can evidence the 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 their creative intentions clearly
  • Show willingness to collaborate and discuss their work in group situations
  • Reflect critically on their 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 personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous 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.

You will need to study six hours per week, Thu-Fri 9.15am-4.30pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose study.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for our HE courses starting in September / October 2020 will open later this month.

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact our Student Recruitment Team on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

Start DateCourse Code
30/05/2013 L1629


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

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