Details of Exam Board: Pearson
- 5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including Maths, English and a technology/arts subject.
- BA (Hons) Fashion Budgeting and Merchandising at Manchester Metropolitan University
- BA (Hons) Fashion Promotions and Communications at University of Northampton
- BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Womenswear) at Manchester Metropolitan University
This course is an opportunity for students to develop their ability to design and manufacture functional and wearable textiles products in an innovative way and to a very high quality, from initial idea all the way through to retail. Learners will work with industry professionals, to turn your creative talent and ideas into reality.
The course will develop creativity through investigation of different techniques and explore fashion trends through history, current day and fashion forecasting. Learners will gain knowledge of the fundamentals of fashion and textiles, fabrics, construction and components, through practical investigations and testing. You will be able to make and cut your own patterns to a high standard to ensure exciting and unusual designs are created.
The course uses ICT and CAD/CAM to enhance accuracy and efficiency of production and aesthetic quality, in line with industrial practice.
If you have a creative mind and a flare and interest in this industry this is the course for you!
The fashion industry is one of the biggest in the world and as wearers we communicate who we are to some extent through our clothing. There are a broad range of positions to suit all types of people within the industry. Fashion will allow you to work to your strengths, you will learn all aspects of the industry. For those with a creative eye, the most obvious role is as a fashion designer. There’s also less obvious choices such as: costume designer, fashion buyer, fashion merchandiser and fashion photographer for those who enjoy being more hands-on throughout the garment production process. In many roles within the fashion industry, no two days are the same.
Following completion of the course students can progress onto any university course that emphasises creative learning. There are also many career opportunities including fashion designer, costume designer, fashion buyer, fashion stylist, fabric technologist, fabric testing, freelance designer, footwear designer, smart technologist, fashion merchandising and window dresser.
Alternatively working in the media, magazines or television as film set designer, theatre designer, costume restorer, fashion journalist, fashion photographer or working on exhibits for museums and galleries.
The weighting of assessment is 67% coursework and 33% examination.
The coursework assignments are set and marked by your teacher and then externally moderated. You will complete a series of practical tasks set in a work-related scenario.
The examination element is a controlled assessment which is set and marked by the exam board. You will have to respond to a written research brief.