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Fashion and Textiles Level 3

Course Overview

This Fashion and Textiles Level 3 course is a comprehensive introduction to the skills required to embark on a career in fashion and textiles. You will learn creative and practical techniques in studios and specialist workshops. This includes fabric printing, hand and machine knitting, pattern cutting, fashion design and illustration, historical issues in art and design, and fashion professional practice. Coursework is project-based throughout and the briefs reflect the day-to-day reality of the Fashion and Textile industry. Recent study trips have included Venice and London. Assessment is through coursework and final show.

What topics are covered?

Core units:

  • Visual studies including life drawing, colour theory, fashion design and illustration, observational drawing and visual analysis
  • Contextual studies covering contemporary and historical issues in art and design, information technology and professional practice
  • Year one concentrates on acquiring skills such as fabric printing, hand and machine knitting, garment construction and pattern cutting. This runs alongside design studies covering design methods, fashion/textile illustration and presentation techniques.
  • Year two focuses on directing students towards higher education or the fashion and textile industry. Units also include fashion promotion, business and professional practice.
  • You will also undertake an additional specialist short course in textiles to further creative development.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

Four GCSEs, including English language at grade C/4 or above, or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit level overall (with merits in all core units), or equivalent


All students will be required to present a recently completed portfolio of art, design or fashion related work at interview

What qualifications will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Diploma
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

Coursework is project-based throughout and the briefs reflect the day-to-day reality of the fashion and textile Industry. This culminates in a final major project.


Recent study trips have included New York, Paris, London and Barcelona.


Each year, first and second year students collaborate on a fashion show to celebrate their achievements.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework.

What can I do after this course?


  • Progress into careers in fashion production, fashion marketing or fashion retail
  • Progress on to undergraduate courses in fashion, textiles and costume design. Below is a list of recent examples of degree courses and universities which students from this course have progressed on to:



University of Brighton Fashion Communication with Business Studies
Arts University Bournemouth Textiles
University of South Wales Fashion Promotion
Nottingham Trent University Costume Design and Making
University of Gloucestershire Fashion Design
Birmingham City University Textile Design (Embroidery)
Falmouth University Fashion Marketing
University Arts London Interior Design
Bath Spa University Fashion Design
Southampton Solent University Fashion Styling
University Arts London Fashion Buying and Merchandising
Southampton University Fashion and Textile Design

Are there any additional costs?

  • Resources fee
  • Fashion Starter Kit containing some basic equipment you may find useful for your course is available to purchase through the College Shop.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Art & Design

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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