The UK fashion industry, contributes an estimated £26 billion to the UK economy each year supporting 880,000 jobs within the creative sector. (Source: Oxford Economics 2013).

Students studying fashion are given scenarios that fashion designers would meet in industry. This could be designing garments inspired by catwalk research and drafting the patterns to make them. Varied tasks and outcomes, mean that students try fashion illustration, garment construction and pattern drafting.

The Fashion students benefit from a dedicated room at MCA6, equipped with Janome sewing machines, pattern cutting table, CAD sewing machine, embellisher machine and mannequins. MCA6 will supply students with pattern paper, basic haberdashery items and calico for toile (practice garment) making. Students’ work will be exhibited at the end of year Summer Art Show.

Fashion students are also able to work in the Art study room, which has individual booths for students to personalise and work in during their study periods.

Students will need to purchase their own sketchbooks and portfolios. Their final garments can be made from fabric that students source locally, online or recycled from existing clothing.


Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Edexcel

Entry requirements: Blue pathway

• Extended certificates have 4 units; 2 externally assessed units and 2 internally assessed units.
• Extended diplomas have 12 units; 4 externally assessed units and 8 internally assessed units.

Progression Route: University, apprenticeship or employment in fashion or the creative industries.

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For more information, please contact: Mr Daniels


Related courses:

Art          Photography          Business Studies


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