Fashion & Tailoring

BTEC Advanced National Foundation Diploma in Fashion and Textiles

36 Weeks , Day time , East Ham Campus
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Is the Course for me?

Learn with industry experts to develop a design portfolio with creative drawing and visual research, fashion/textiles projects, photography and digital design.

This advanced level programme will help you develop your creative interests and abilities and professional understanding towards a career in the fashion, costume and textiles sector.

You will produce a portfolio of creative work that reflects your personal interests, and will receive guidance and support to progress to degree level study or employment.

What is involved?

The aim of the course is to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for successful employment through the development of your personal career plan. The course will develop your practical and technical garment-making skills to an advanced level, building on your existing skills and experience. The course also includes industry research and analysis to provide you with an overview of the sector and to help you identify the employment role that best suits your abilities and aspirations.

You will learn in a variety of ways - through talks and demonstrations, by completing practical tasks and projects, by independent study, and by self-evaluation and assessment of your work.

The course is based at Newham College's East Ham Campus (five minutes from East Ham tube) in modern, well-equipped garment production and pattern cutting workshops, plus some sessions will take place at the College's Fashion and Textile Museum (

During the course you will be encouraged to find work placements in tailoring or garment production companies. Work placements will develop your understanding of the commercial world in which companies operate, and will help to develop your professionalism as well as your technical and practical skills.

You will receive a full introduction to how the course operates at an open day.

You will take part in an induction at the beginning of the course.


To develop your skills and abilities to a professional standard you should apply to progress to specialist degree level study. Alternatively, there is a wide range of other progression opportunities, including application for apprenticeship / employment.

You will receive full information about progression options, including the UCAS application process, and you will receive full support to help you achieve the best possible progression outcome.

Course Requirements

You will be invited to attend a guidance interview where you need to show evidence of interest in fashion and/or textiles.

You are normally expected to have five GSCEs passes at grades C or above (or equivalents) including English and maths, or a relevant full level 2 qualification along with GSCEs grade C+ in English and maths (or equivalents)

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