Fashion and Textiles
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

This Fashion and Textiles course focuses on contemporary fashion design and fine art textiles and encourages students to be innovative and creative. On this course you will learn how to develop new concepts and ideas through researching fashion designers and textile artists.

What will I learn?

Throughout the course you will be experimenting with different materials, techniques and processes including; machine embroidery, screen printing, fabric dyeing, digital manipulation of textile designs, textile embellishment and fabric manipulation. You will also look at how you can skilfully combine these together to create unique textile designs.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


We have outstanding facilities for fashion and textiles, with a purpose-built studio. You will have access to Bernina Sewing machines and over lockers, a six meter screen printing table, printing press and roller, cold water dye facilities, batiking equipment and many other facilities.

Progression and Careers

The fashion and textiles industry has many career opportunities so whether you want to be a fashion designer for the catwalk, interior designer, or a costume designer, or work in fashion journalism this course can be the start of an exciting career.

Some universities require students to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at college before progressing; we offer this at Nelson and Colne College’s University Centre. However many of our students progress directly to university. Former students have gone on to study art related disciplines at a number of top universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the London College of Fashion, the University of Manchester, Kingston University and Leeds College of Art, studying a broad range of degrees in Fine Art, Fashion and Textile Retailing, Marketing, Surface Pattern Design and Costume Design, to name but a few.

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