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Study mode Full Time
Level 2
Duration 34 weeks
Subject Fashion & Tailoring
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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Good career prospects are available in tailoring and garment production – there is a shortage of people who can make high-quality garments.

This course will provide you with the skills and understanding you need for employment as an apprenticeship and will help you develop your career in bespoke tailoring or garment production.

Course content

Bespoke tailoring is a highly-skilled, specialist profession that involves exacting standards of expertise and reliability. This course builds on the experience gained studying on the Pre-Apprentice Level 1 course, or through previous experience in tailoring.

You will learn in a variety of ways - through talks and demonstrations, by completing practical tasks and exercises, by independent study and by evaluation and assessment of your work. The course includes industry research and report writing, and identifying the employment role that best suits your abilities and aspirations. English, maths and IT will form an integral part of your studies on the course.

The course is based at Newham College's East Ham Campus in modern, well-equipped garment production and pattern cutting workshops.

You will receive a full introduction to how the course operates at the beginning of the course.

Curriculum units

1. Tailoring - Techniques:

  • Preparation for Employment in the Fashion Industries
  • Pattern Cutting: Pattern Construction Blocks
  • Garment Construction: Pockets and Collars
  • The Fashion Industry

2. Tailoring - Practical Skills:

  • Garment Construction: Detail Techniques
  • Pattern Cutting: Pattern Design
  • Fashion Industry Production
  • Garment Construction: Detailed Garment Construction

3. Tailoring - Tailored Garment Construction

Qualifications on completion

  • Diploma in Creative Industries

Entry requirements

You will need to have bespoke tailoring skills at Level 1, preferably have studied tailoring at Level 1 and have made a bespoke waistcoat and know the hand bespoke tailoring stitches.


The course will develop your understanding of the industry. It will enable you to learn about the tailoring craft skills that are required for junior levels of employment in tailoring. Alternatively you may decide to continue your studies in order to develop your skills at a level that is more advanced.

Further study on the Advanced Tailoring and Garment Production Diploma Level 3 will open up additional career opportunities, including employment in costume, fashion production, managerial roles and self-employment.

Fees and funding

The course is free for students aged 16-18. The course fee for adults (19+) is £993 (plus £105 exam fee).

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC010033
Start date 04 Sep 2023
Location East Ham Campus
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