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Fashion and Footwear Courses

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 Progress 8 Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles is designed for pupils currently in year 10 or 11, while 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.

Jess Tedds

Jess Tedds

Jess Tedds is now International Wholesale Senior Manager for Quiz Clothing

From a young age, I have always had a passion for working in fashion and as soon as I was able to work, I secured a part-time job at River Island while at Leicester College. After school, I completed a two-year BTEC course in Fashion Design. From there, I secured a place at the Retail Academy in London for a BA Hons in Fashion Buying & Merchandising.

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

Course Code: C1275

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • 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 Skills (Fashion) BTEC Diploma level 2 – C1331

Course Code: C1331

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • 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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Footwear Design and Manufacture – C5553

Course Code: C5553

Key Information

  • Start Date 21 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 20 weeks
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

The footwear industry in the UK continues to grow. This course aims to develop specialist practical skills and the ability to communicate ideas and outcomes to the standard that is required within the footwear industry. This course is designed for you if you have already completed introductory/diploma-level practical courses in footwear manufacturing and wish to build upon that learning.

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Footwear Foundation Degree – C0024

Course Code: C0024

Key Information

  • Start Date 21 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

The UK footwear market is continuing to grow and this course addresses the needs of today's footwear industry. It is equivalent to years one and two of a BA (Hons) degree and combines academic research with vocational practice in a range of footwear disciplines. You will learn about specific requirements in design, shoe making and range building.

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Pattern Cutting for Beginners level 1 – C1017

Course Code: C1017

Key Information

  • Start Date 21 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Part Time
    3.25 hours per week
  • Duration 7 weeks
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

An ideal course with a start from scratch approach to developing patterns for garments

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Pattern Cutting and Making for Women’s Trousers level 1 – C1103

Course Code: C1103

Key Information

  • Start Date 22 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Part Time
    3.25 hours per week
  • Duration 7 weeks
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is for adults aged 19+. Are you looking to develop your industry skills and knowledge in women’s trouser and pattern making? This seven-week course gives you the opportunity to use a wide range of industrial equipment to develop your skills to produce a garment using professional techniques. Intended as a part-time hobby course […]

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Pattern Cutting and Making for Dresses level 1 – C1160

Course Code: C1160

Key Information

  • Start Date 12 Jan 2021
  • Study Hours Part Time
    3.25 hours per week
  • Duration 7 weeks
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is for adults aged 19+. Are you looking to develop your industry skills and knowledge in pattern cutting and making for dresses? This seven-week course gives you the opportunity to use a wide range of industrial equipment to develop your skills to produce a garment using professional techniques. Intended as a part-time hobby […]

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Fashion Design BTEC Higher National Diploma – C6849

Course Code: C6849

Key Information

  • Start Date 22 Sep 2021
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

The HND in Fashion 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 industries. The course develops professional design and manufacturing skills as well as offering opportunities for research and analysis in related specialist subjects.

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Footwear Foundation Degree – C0024

Course Code: C0024

Key Information

  • Start Date 23 Sep 2021
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

The UK footwear market is continuing to grow and this course addresses the needs of today's footwear industry. It is equivalent to years one and two of a BA (Hons) degree and combines academic research with vocational practice in a range of footwear disciplines. You will learn about specific requirements in design, shoe making and range building.

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