Career Prospects

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Fashion Design Assistant £13,000+
  • Garment Technologist £16,000+

You could move on to be a:

  • Fashion Designer £25,000+
  • Retail Buyer £35,000+

Source: National Careers Service


Do you follow the blogs, watch the collections, and have a love of fashion and clothes?

Start your journey towards a career in a dynamic and fast-paced industry which is constantly changing as new trends emerge and which thrives on fresh ideas, designs and techniques. Clothing has been transformed from a fundamental requirement, to our way of expressing to the world who we really are.

Our exciting courses provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical skills in a variety of fashion disciplines. You will be based at our fully equipped studio in Shrewsbury where you will be encouraged to develop your creativity and technical skills as the course progresses. On each course you will explore areas including garment construction and pattern cutting, design development for fashion and textiles, computer aided design, marketing and business, surface and constructed textiles as well as associated areas such as photography, contextual studies and drawing techniques. All students will have the opportunity to showcase their designs at the annual fashion show and end of year exhibition in June.

Our Level 3 Fashion & Clothing course offers one or two year options and is structured to raise awareness of the breadth and diversity of the fashion and textiles industry from Haute Couture to the mass market and considering all the key influencers on the current fashion industry. Many of our students who complete the Level 3 course gain employment within the fashion industry, establish their own business or progress to university studying a range of subjects such as Fashion Design, Textiles, Pattern Cutting or Fashion Management.

We offer university level provision with our HNC and HND courses. You will study varied units to develop skills applicable to design and manufacture which will develop professional practice for the Fashion industry. Units covered include Ideas Generation and Development, Design Exploration in Textiles, Garment Manufacture and Techniques and Processes in Fashion. This qualification has a strong emphasis on the vocational nature of fashion and textiles, providing you with the ability to present and exhibit your work. Gaining this qualification will enable you to work in the fashion and textile sector, a highly rewarding, exciting and diverse area in which to pursue a career. You will be encouraged to develop and explore personal inspirations to create a personal body of work which reflects your own aspirations.

If fashion is a hobby and you want to develop your skills, our part-time courses will introduce you to the necessary knowledge and techniques such as using sewing machines and garment construction to create your own designs.

GCSE & A Level Options
This subject area has courses which can be taken alongside A Levels and other qualifications.

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