Fashion, Textiles & Clothing Level 3 Extended Diploma

23097W1 | School for the Arts, Wigan
Start Date | 02/09/2019
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

If you are enthusiastic about fashion and its trends, then this course will enable you to acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue a career within the Fashion industry either by progression to a higher education course or by employment as a junior fashion designer or pattern cutter. Leading fashion expert tutors from the Centre for Excellence at the School for the Arts will share their skills and experience with you. Our tutors have worked for national high street brands, from River Island to George and Florence and Fred(F&F). Many students have gone on to secure places at prestigious fashion universities nationwide and into employment with leading fashion retailers.

What will I study?

You will develop essential fashion skills and knowledge, exploring design, pattern cutting and garment production. You will also enhance your drawing and visual skills, gain an insight into the history of fashion and research current trends. Visits to fashion museums, galleries and shows will form part of the course, alongside involvement in photo shoots and catwalk events. You will build a personal portfolio to enhance your employability and support progression towards prestigious university study.

How long is the course?

Full time for two academic years

How will I be assessed?

Work is project based and is assessed throughout the course. A range of methods are used including external projects. You are encouraged to evaluate your own progress using your own initiative and through tutorials.

What qualifications do I need?

A minimum of 5 A*-C / 9-4 GCSE subjects or equivalent including maths or English and an art related subject.

What can I progress onto?

You may secure a place on a university level course, or go directly into employment in the creative fashion industry. Previous students have progressed onto top universities across the UK including Glasgow, The Slade and London College of Fashion as well as the Foundation Degree in Creative Industries at the University Centre Wigan & Leigh College. Alumni have progressed to courses at elite fashion universities and employment with brands such as Primark, Halbro Sports and Zabou Clothing. Experienced Fashion Designers can expect to earn up to £40,000 a year, with senior designers earning around £80,000 a year. Fashion Retail Merchandisers can earn up to £40,000 and with large retail organisations can earn £60,000 a year or more.

Other Information

You will be taught by qualified lecturers who are also practising artists and designers. Opportunities for work experience, work related learning and guest speakers to underpin the professional creative elements of the course are part of your learning. If you are 16 18 years old, you may be eligible for our FREE bus pass. Find out more at

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Do I have to pay for my course?
FREE £8373.00 3F

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Course fees shown are per annum (unless indicated otherwise). Courses lasting longer than one year, fees will be payable per year.

If you need advice on any financial support that may be available to you, please contact us on or phone 01942 761111

Wigan & Leigh College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this publication is accurate at the time of going to publication. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time. The College cannot accept liability arising out of such changes or connected to such changes, however it will undertake to minimise disruption to students.

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