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Footwear (with Fashion) BTEC Higher National Diploma – C7508

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Course Overview

The HND in Fashion and Footwear Design is a creative and vocationally relevant course equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree. It prepares you for a design and manufacture career across the fashion and footwear industries. The course develops professional design and manufacturing skills as well as offering opportunities for research and analysis in related specialist subjects. The course team plan to work closely with several leading Fashion retailers and Footwear manufacturers which support the delivery of the programme. Networking and liaising with industry contacts is an integral part of the course. Design briefs offer creative challenges through developing illustration skills, graphic presentation, and 3D manufacturing. You will explore specialist garment production and footwear manufacturing sector skills, gaining an insight into tailoring, garment/shoe pattern cutting and garment /shoe construction.

Based on full cohort recruitment, students can expect approximately 12 to 14 hours of timetabled sessions per week.

You will join a community of approx. 400 undergraduates across several creative disciplines. Staff have a wealth of industry expertise and practice within the creative sector.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

On the first year of the course, students will share specialisms on a joint Footwear and Fashion based provision. On successful completion of the year, students can be awarded an HNC in Fashion and Textiles.

YR 1 Level 4 HNC units are:

Unit 1 Professional Development

Unit 2 Contextual Studies

unit 3 Individual Project

Unit 4 Techniques and Process

Unit 7 Computer-Aided Design

Unit 8 Pattern Cutting and Garment Making

Unit Footwear Making and Manufacture

Unit 9 Fashion and Textiles

Our professional industry workshops and trained supervision team allow you access to specialist Footwear and Fashion production methods. Our HE hub, Digital Design Suites and Art rooms provide you with the spaces and resources to get creative on campus.

Year 2

In year 2, students will undertake all core units’ students will then have the opportunity to choose ONE 30 credit option which will focus on a specialist discipline in either Fashion or Footwear

On successful completion of the two years, students will be awarded either an HND in Fashion and Textiles or an HND in Footwear.

Year 2 Level 5 HND units are

Unit 32 Professional Practice

Unit 33 Applied Practice Coll Project (30 Credit)

Unit 42 styling

unit 47 branding and identity

Unit 62 trend forecasting

Advanced Footwear Studies (optional) (30 Credit)

Advanced Fashion Studies (optional) (30 Credit)

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject (i.e. two A2s at grade D, extended diploma PPP, or an Access to HE). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. You will need a portfolio of your work. Following receipt of this work, an interview by phone will be conducted.

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-native English speakers.

How you will be assessed

Units are assessed through the completion of either practical or written assignments that are set in a contemporary, work-related context. The final stages of the course involve the production of a professional portfolio. The work you undertake is negotiable and will reflect your individual strengths and career aspirations.

Assessment is continuous throughout both years for each module. All assessment is summative and contributes to progression and achievement. Design assignments are coursework based, through sketchbooks, presentations, final garment production with accompanied evaluative evidence. Extended writing skills are assessed in Contextual Studies in addition to the creation of a personal fashion blog. An assessment submission schedule is issued when the course commences. Upon successful completion, HND students are awarded either pass, merit or distinction.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00

Additional Costs

Educational trips are not compulsory but encouraged as part of your experience. Previous students have paid up to £450 for an overseas trip (Previous excursions include Paris, Milan and London) You should expect to spend approximately £100 per year on art materials and printing costs for the presentation of work as part of your portfolio.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

You can top up to a full degree by joining the final year of our BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Creative Industries) following successful completion of this course. You may also apply to other universities to top up on related degrees. Careers are varied and range from costume assistant for stage, TV, and film, to freelances shoe or fashion designer, cutter and maker. Opportunities also exist in buying, marketing and retail sectors of each industry.

What Happens Next

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses made through UCAS at ucas.com using the course code WJ24, institution code L36. If you haven’t started a UCAS application yet, and only want to apply to Leicester College, you can apply directly to us using our direct application form via the College Website and we will process a UCAS application on your behalf.

Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview, or where necessary, other means of interview (i.e. telephone, web-based, Microsoft Teams) can be arranged. You may also be asked to submit a portfolio of work.

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