Fashion and 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 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.

Suzana Lezaj

Suzana Lezaj

Foundation Degree in Footwear

I came to the UK from Kosovo as an asylum seeker after the war. I always had a love for fashion and footwear. It was my dream. It was difficult to go into education earlier due to my circumstances.

After things settled in my life I joined Leicester College at Level 2 and decided to really push myself to work hard and finally achieve my dream.

I have had the most amazing support at Leicester College and want to thank all the staff who have helped me every step of the way.

Suzana won the Leicester College Adult Learner of the Year Award 2016.

Art and Design (Fashion) BTEC Diploma level 2

Course Code: C0596

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is for people who are interested in a studying towards a career in the fashion industry and developing creative, practical, and technical skills. It will enable students to explore the different areas of the fashion, textiles and clothing industry, equipping them with practical and vocational skills, as well as developing their academic and […]

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Art and Design (Fashion) Extended Diploma Level 3

Course Code: C0594

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

This exciting course provides students with the opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects that strongly reflect practices used in the fashion industry. It is aimed at people wishing to further their education in the fashion and textiles industry. You will have the chance to build a portfolio of creative art work and written […]

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Footwear Design and Manufacture

Course Code: C5553

  • Start Date 24 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 20 weeks
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

This certificate course aims to develop specialist practical skills; historical and contextual understanding; and the ability to communicate ideas and outcomes to the standard that is required within the footwear industry. It involves the development and refinement of skills in the design and production of footwear and basic marketing skills within the fashion […]

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Footwear Foundation Degree

Course Code: C0024

  • Start Date 24 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

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; shoemaking; range building; trend packages; supply chain management and footwear business and […]

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Manual Grading for Industry

Course Code: C5463

  • Start Date 02 May 2019
  • Study Hours Part Time
    3.25 hours per week
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

This four week course is for adults aged 19+. If you have some experience with dressmaking, the next step is pattern cutting. The trouser-cutting course will teach you how to make a block and pattern to your own or industry-standard measurements, followed by a sample garment to check the fit of the block and pattern. […]

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Pattern Cutting for Industry

Course Code: C6034

  • Start Date 09 Jan 2019
  • Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Campus St Margaret's Campus

The course will introduce you to pattern cutting techniques used within the fashion industry. Using a variety of different technical tools, the learning experience will be hands on giving you a greater opportunity to develop sought-after technical skills. Over the duration of the course, you will become acquainted with drafting blocks and how to convert […]

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