Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in fashion and design. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

You will develop your understanding of fashion and textile design and gain the skills needed to stand out in the competitive fashion industry. You will have opportunities to work at high profile events, such as London Fashion Week and Top Model. Previous trips have included the Fashion and Textile Museum, Graduate Fashion Week and visits to guest lectures.

Who is this programme for?

The course is design for 16- 18 year old students who are interested in pursuing a career in a fashion and/or textiles related field.

What will I study?

During the first year you will explore garment construction and patterncutting techniques, fashion photography, computer aided design, art and fashion history and textile techniques. All students participate in an End of year Fashion Show.

In the second year we will focus on teaching you more garment construction techniques along with introducing you to a wider range of textile and fashion illustration techniques. Support will also be given in applying to university level courses and the creation of individual portfolios where you will be able to focus your studies into areas of fashion and textiles that interest you. Your second year ends with an Final Major Project and an End of Year Fashion Show.


Students are expected to supply their own art and textile/ fashion materials for assignment work, an equipment list will be provided at the start of each year. In addition students will need to have access to a sewing machine and dress dummy at home.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

All units are taught by subject specific lecturers, practical demonstration sessions, lectures, group and individual activities will form the basis of each unit of work.

What modules are covered?

  • Drawing Development
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Garment Construction and Pattern Cutting
  • Fashion visualisation
  • Photography and styling
  • Surface Design for Fashion and Textiles

How will I be assessed?

You are continually assessed through the set assignment briefs and unit task , all units can be achieved at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

What training will be provided?

You will be introduced to a variety of drawing  and textile/ fashion illustration techniques, how to use a sewing machine, make your own patterns for constructing your garment designs, various garment construction techniques and processes, how to use a camera and style photo shoots and how to design magazine layouts using Computer Aided Design packages such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

View a range of creative work

Visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/portfolios to see examples of students' work across all of our creative subjects. 

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What Next?

You could progress to a degree in a related subject such as fashion design, costume or textile design, fashion styling and promotion, illustration and interior design. You could also apply for jobs at a junior or apprentice level.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

All interested students should apply online through the college website, you will then be invited to attend an interview with the Fashion and Textiles Course Tutor. At interview you will need to bring with you a portfolio of art, craft and/or design work and any work that you undertake in your own time, be prepared to discuss it with the course tutor.

How will I be assessed?

You are continually assessed through the set assignment briefs and unit task , all units can be achieved at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English, maths and art GCSEs at 9-4
  • You will also need a portfolio of work to show your creative ability

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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I went to visit a few other college’s Open Days and this was the only college where you could specialise in fashion - at other colleges you had to do other subjects with it.

You get a lot of really good opportunities from the course. I’ve been to the Top Model event with the College two years in a row and I’ve also been to London Fashion week. Fashion’s a very fast paced industry and you get to learn that Top Model. You help prepare models for the runway and learn how the designers want their clothes to look.

I’ve enjoyed learning fashion illustration and our tutor has helped use find ways to be relaxed about drawing. Our pattern cutting teacher has a lot of knowledge and she has the skills to tell you if a design will work and how you can make it work.

I’m now going on to do a Foundation Degree at Central Saint Martins, one of the top fashion universities in the world.


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