Career Prospects

Career options and national starting averages include:
  • Fashion Design Assistant £13,000+
  • Pattern Cutter £15,000+

You could move on to be a:

  • Costume Designer £18,000+
  • Retail Manager £20,000+

Source: National Careers Service


Do you read the magazines, follow the blogs and have a love of fashion and a desire to express yourself through your own designs?

Start your journey towards a career in a dynamic and fast-paced industry thriving on new designs and constantly changing as new trends emerge.

Our two year National Diploma course is structured to raise awareness of the breadth and diversity of the fashion and textiles industry, from the most exclusive haute couture to the cheaper supermarket styles and from make-up to movies. Clothing has been transformed from a fundamental requirement, to our way of expressing to the world who we really are.

This exciting course provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical skills in the different areas in fashion such as design, illustration, marketing, merchandising, pattern cutting, construction and textiles... subjects that strongly reflect practices used in the fashion industry. You will develop your creativity and technical skills as the course progresses, culminating in your designs being showcased in the annual fashion show.

Many of our students successfully completing the course gain employment within the fashion industry, establish their own business or progress to university on design based courses in a range of subjects such as fashion design, fashion management and fashion promotion. We offer a HND in Fashion where you will learn how to research, develop and present your work to industry standard and how to realise your own fashion collection from the concept to the catwalk show.

If fashion is a hobby and you want to improve on your clothes and textile making skills, our short part-time courses in Fashion will introduce you to sewing skills and pattern cutting.

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

Please find the Undergraduate Programme specification for Edexcel Higher National Diploma in Fashion

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