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Fashion & Footwear

Fashion and Footwear

We have an impressive range of fashion and footwear courses, ranging from evening and part time courses for a College certificate to foundation degrees. Fashion courses are available at levels 1, 2, 3, and 5 – including a technical award for students still at school. We are one of only a handful of institutions in the UK who offer a degree in footwear: if you want to study for your degree in fashion or footwear with us, routes include the level 2 Art and Design (Fashion) BTEC Diploma, or the level 3 Art and Design Foundation Diploma.

Who are the Leicester College fashion and footwear courses for?

Anyone with a passion for fashion! Our part-time courses can be fitted around work or other commitments. We also offer a broad range of full-time courses at levels 2 and 3 which are suitable for school leavers as well as adults. For adult learners wishing to join a course, you may be offered an interview and your previous experience can be taken into account if you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. Learners aged 16-19 will follow a study programme which will include GCSE or functional skills English and maths if you don’t already have your grade 4 (C).

Further Information

Work experience will form part of your full-time course. These courses are generally assessed on the work you do on an ongoing basis rather than via traditional exams. You may need to buy some special equipment for some courses, and higher level courses often require a portfolio of work which you will show the tutors at interview.

Zach Waterfield

Zach Waterfield

Fashion Level 3

“I had a passion for fashion, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. Instead of getting an apprenticeship I thought it would be better to work my way up to a degree."

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Art and Design Practice (Fashion) BTEC National Diploma level 3 – C1275

Course Code: C1275

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is aimed at people wishing to further their education within the area of fashion and textiles. You will develop skills in a wide range of areas including drawing development, computer aided design (CAD), pattern cutting and garment manufacture, and fashion design and illustration. You will learn how to design and construct garments and accessories to industrial standards and you will be taught how to use industrial machinery safely.

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Art and Design Practice BTEC National Diploma level 3 – C1469

Course Code: C1469

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This is a one year course and is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Successful progress can lead to entry onto the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels) in 2022/23. This established course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and understanding to become a creative practitioner.

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Art and Design Skills (Fashion) BTEC Diploma level 2 – C1331

Course Code: C1331

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Our established visual arts department offers this BTEC level 2 diploma course aimed at those who are interested in all aspects of Fashion Design and garment construction. It is a practical course and requires creative talent and a committed attitude. There is a strong emphasis on research, development, and evaluation.

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Introduction to Crochet – C8282

Course Code: C8282

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus City Skills Centre

Through this short course course learn the basics about crochet tools, materials, correct techniques, and pattern making. By the end you will take on a project of your own to make a blanket, cushion cover or any other ideas you have.

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Introduction to Soft Furnishing Skills – Curtains, Cushions and Blinds – C8174

Course Code: C8174

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Update your home for little to no cost by taking our short course in soft furnishing. You will learn how to make cushion covers and curtains taught by our design lecturers. These techniques and skills will help you at home, and also give you the potential to go into a new career in fashion/design.

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Introduction to Upholstery Beginners 1 – C8172

Course Code: C8172

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Upcycling is a great way to take something old and create something new that suits your home. This short course aims to help you take a small piece of furniture and teach you useful upholstery skills and techniques you can use personally or even turn this new skill into a business.

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Introduction to Garment Making – C8218

Course Code: C8218

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 10 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

A part time introductory adult course for those trying their hands at garment making. Build your knowledge and a new foundation of skills in health and safety, pattern making, and adding extras such as pockets, elastic casing, and hems.

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Introduction to Sewing Skills – C8214

Course Code: C8214

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 10 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

A part time beginner adult course for those trying their hands at sewing. Build on your previously acquired knowledge and enhance your skills in health and safety, sewing basic buttons and seams, as well as an introduction to sewing machines.

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Garment Making Improvers 1 – C8279

Course Code: C8279

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 11 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 13 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

A part time intermediate adult course for those trying their hands at garment making. Build on your previously acquired knowledge and enhance your skills in health and safety, pattern making, and adding extras such as zips, buttons, and elastics.

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