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Fashion (Level 1 BTEC Diploma) — Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you have an interest in Fashion and you want to explore your skills and get started studying in smaller groups with the expertise of tutors and specialist learning support.

This course will suit individuals who need confidence-building in study skills alongside creative fashion exploration.

You’ll learn the different aspects of fashion, textiles and design, as well as the experience you’ll need to bring your ideas to life. The practical sessions will give you skills in drawing and Fashion Illustration, Print Making, 3D Production, Design process and creative research. Projects will also develop your broader skills in being organised, teamwork, communication and career planning. All students will continue weekly studies of English and Maths (Functional Skills or GCSE) as part of the Programme of Study, at a relevant level.

You can expect to learn in our bustling fashion studio which is based in the old lace lofts in the Adams Building, With hands-on work and research-based activities, our experienced and friendly tutors, technicians and support tutors will help you complete a range of creative projects and assignments and develop your specific interests in Fashion, Textiles and Design.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date
Stoney Street

Start: Wednesday 4th September 2024

Course code: C041376 / Q041377


Pearson Edexcel Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design - Fashion


1 year

Level Level 1
Entry requirements

You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 3–1 (D–G), including English Language and Maths at grades 3-1 (D–G) or a relevant Entry 3 vocational qualification and you will also be asked to sit an Initial assessment. The initial assessment must show that you are ready to study English and Maths at Level 1. If your results are lower than this, don't worry, we'll find the right course for you.

We have resumed face to face interviews as from January 2022, where you will have the opportunity to show your artwork and meet a tutor to ensure conditions are met and guidance is provided.

You will need to bring a folder of art work to your interview which can be from your GCSE coursework or work done in your own time. You are encouraged to showcase your interests and strengths. Please include examples of observation drawing in any media. You can bring sketchbooks, drawings and paintings, photographs, textile and fashion designs, 3D work and digital designs. At your interview tutors will look at your work and discuss it with you to guide you onto the appropriate course and level.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is based on practical tasks, projects and productions, supported by a record of written evidence.


Choose to follow with further study at Nottingham College on a Level 2 course in your chosen area.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.