South Thames College

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) - Level 4

The HNC is equivalent to the first year of a standard three-year university degree. After the HNC, you can move onto a HND with us or with another institution and then on to a one-year university top-up programme to earn a full degree.


The course incorporates a wide range of design practices with an emphasis on fashion and is designed to reflect an experimental approach to creative design practice, although all the assignment briefs are very open. Some projects are carried out in small groups but you are given the opportunity to develop your individual creativity whilst learning a range of technical skills. There is a contextual studies element to the course to provide theory and history to support your practice.

The course comprises of 8 units over the academic year that cover core elements and optional aspects. Teaching is delivered as lectures, seminars and practical workshops to consolidate new skills towards solving specific project briefs. The units are as follows:

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project
  • Techniques & Processes
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion & Textiles Practices
  • Pattern Cutting and Garment Making
  • Fashion Collection

You are expected to engage in any industry opportunities that are organised as part of the course. These include talks, competitions and any relevant, appropriate work experience placements from a range of industry contacts.

The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be L4 - BTEC HNC Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) (RQF) - Yr 1 of 1 (PEARSON)


Each unit is assessed and graded once completed. There will be regular 1:1 verbal and written feedback to help you develop your ideas and work. When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations. The independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, specialist art rooms such as the mac suite, fashion studio and print room.

Entry Requirements

GCSE maths and English grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent; AND A related Level 3 qualification, which could be an Access to Higher Education Certificate; OR

At least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A-C OR more than one A-level at grades A-E; OR

Related work experience (if you're an older learner we'll take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience).

Port-folio of recent artwork.

For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent.

Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required

Additional requirements References from an official email address (i.e. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview.

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.

Next Steps

The course will prepare you with a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of practical, professional skills that can be used to seek employment opportunities in the fashion industry or for further study at higher education level. Students can progress onto the HND at South Thames after the course to achieve a Level 5 qualification and then on to a 'top up' degree.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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Where and when
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?
£ 75

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