Pearson BTEC Level Four Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles)

Do you want to be the next Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney or Vera Wang? Do you have a flare for design and love of fashion? Well if so our Level 4 HNC in Fashion is for you!

The Level 4 HNC Fashion specialist study programme is a one year course designed to equip you with a wide range of technical and creative skills that will enable you to work as a fashion or textiles designer within the industry. Studying at the hub of our East Riding College campus in Bridlington will provide you with the space to work in our fantastic studio facilities that will assist in the development of your industry work. You will be required to undertake study trips and exhibition visits that will underpin your project work, and enhance a broader range of subject knowledge for your specialism.

Whether you are completely new to the industry or have studied before and want take your skillset to the next level. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding for digital design, experimental pattern cutting and garment production. You will gain industry experience through live briefs which provide you with further insight into the fashion industry from a comprehensive perspective. Our previous students have worked with global companies such as Lee Jeans and Boohoo and found this invaluable experience for their industry portfolios.

This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy explores a wide range of subjects covering; research skills, design and portfolio development, trend prediction and market research, pattern cutting and garment construction along with additional support for preparing for interviews. The pathways of this qualification are intended to provide you with the opportunity to explore the creative industries through a focused curriculum that will prepare you for progressing onto our HND (Level 5) in Fashion or working within the fashion industry.

The course is designed for students with previous academic experience and a personal interest in art and fashion who have the ambition to further develop a professional focus for fashion and textiles within their work. The HNC first year of the programme provides you with all the essential skills you will need to successfully challenge the creative process and excel in the world of fashion and textiles. Throughout the course you will be encouraged and guided to develop your research practices, concept innovation, design and construction skills and awareness of its application within the creative industries, digital design will also be a key attribute to the development of your final portfolio. You will learn an expansive range of skills which will be relevant to your progression onto our HND Level 5 or for a variety of creative career pathways in industry if this is your preferred choice.ur progression onto our HND Level 5 or for a variety of creative career pathways in industry if this is your preferred choice.

What will I study?

  • Unit 4- Techniques and Processes Unit 23- Fashion Collection
  • Unit 2- Contextual Studies
  • Unit 8- Pattern Cutting & Garment Making
  • Unit 3: Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Unit 1- Professional Development
  • Unit 7- Computer Aided design- Digital fashion
  • Unit 9- Fashion & Textile Practices  

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, work-based assignments, work experience, practical assessment, portfolio development and formal presentations.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

You will be taught through:

  • Classroom sessions
  • Industry related briefs.
  • Practical assignments.
  • Study trips to different cities.
  • Practical sessions
  • Innovative portfolio development.
  • Digital design skills.
  • Workshop sessions.
  • You will also be required to undertake independent self-directed learning and work-based assessments.

Entry requirements

  • 64 UCAS points


  • A level three qualification in an appropriate subject- (Target grade of MMP)


  • A-Levels in the relevant subjects


  • Successful interview with visual portfolio and demonstrating commitment to the subject

The TEC Partnership will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work (entry assignment) and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

Accreditation of prior learning Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) - refer to East Riding College Admissions Policy.

What next?

Progression to the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design – Fashion Pathway. BA (Hons) degree second year, or professional practice in a range of careers in fashion, art, crafts, graphics and related industries, including fashion styling and clothes design.  

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