Level Four BTEC Higher National Certificate in Fashion and Clothing

This course is aimed at people who would like to work in a wide variety of careers in the fashion and textiles industry, both in mass production and in small designer businesses. During the programme you will study and practise a number of techniques and develop a substantial portfolio of work, as well as learning the theory behind fashion and clothing design and manufacture. 

In addition to the mandatory units you will be able to choose the optional units that interest you most.

After completing your higher national certificate, there is the option to top up to a higher national diploma, which is a level five qualification.

What will I study?

Mandatory units include:

  • Visual communication
  • Ideas generation and development
  • Contextual and cultural referencing
  • Professional practice

Optional units include:

  • Design exploration in and fashion and textiles
  • Creating a fashion collection
  • Experimental printed textiles
  • Garment manufacture
  • Concepts for costume design

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 presentations.


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


How will the course be delivered?

It will be delivered through a mixture of workshops, taught sessions, lectures, independent learning and work-based assessment.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Entry requirements


  • Four GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English language
  • A level three qualification in an appropriate subject
  • Successful interview with visual portfolio and demonstrating commitment to the subject

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Progression to the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design, 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.  

Additional information


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