I am really enjoying this course, experimenting with materials, colours, sewing techniques and beadwork. The tutors are so skilled in helping me to get my ideas out and I like the fact the course has a very practical, hands-on focus.
Rosetta Lorusso

209 210 211 Course Venue: Swindon College, North Star
Course Duration: 2 Years, Full Time
Course Leader: Genevieve Browne

Course summary
The Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (Enterprise) has been designed to meet the emerging market for artisan crafts and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Creative Industries. As such, it will help you gain an understanding of a range of industry standard skills within the Fashion and Textiles area.

The course provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in a creative environment, which stresses the link between strong creative concepts and high production values.

The qualification prepares learners for self-employment in the Creative Industries that comprise Fashion and Textiles sector. Click here to view a 'Pinterest' collection of resources for inspiration.

The core mandatory units are:

  • Visual Communication 
  • Ideas Generation and Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing 
  • Professional Practice 
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

Specialist units offer the opportunity for students to apply more directed skills in areas such as:

  • Design Exploration in Textiles
  • Design Application in Textiles
  • Techniques and Processes in Textile
  • Design Research in Textiles
  • Textile Collection Realisation
  • Specialist Textiles Techniques and Processes
  • Experimental Constructed Textiles
  • Design Exploration in Fashion
  • Techniques and Processes in Fashion
  • Production Techniques in Fashion
  • Fashion Promotion and Marketing.

The Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (Enterprise) comprises 245 credits, with each unit having a value of 15–20 credits. Students will complete a HNC at Level 4, before proceeding on to the HND at Level 5.

Entry Requirements
You need to have at least one of the following Level 3 qualifications:

- Two GCE A Levels, one of these in a related subject
- BTEC National Diploma in a related subject or other creative discipline (minimum overall grade MPP)
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications in related subjects will also be considered; existing qualifications should be woth 180 UCAS points.

Students would also be expected to have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language.

The college welcomes mature applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who hvae a genuine wish to succeed and can provide evidence of work-related experience. All applicants attend an interview where they will be expected to bring a portfolio of project work.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded the Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles.

Assessment Information
As with all BTEC courses, students will be assessed by building a portfolio of evidence using a range of assessment methods which are dependent on the unit content, and could include:

  • Written assignments/essays/reports
  • Presentations
  • Studio based projects.

You will be required to complete a number of assignments for each unit. Each unit will have a detailed list of Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria that will need to be met.  Final Grades will be agreed at an Exam Board held at the end of Year Two. Year Two culminates with a Final Show exhibition of selected work.

Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles can lead to self-employment opportunities, as well as progression on to degree courses in Fashion Textiles or a related discipline.

Studying at Swindon College
You will find studying the HND at Swindon College School of Art an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Our professionalism and enthusiasm will help you to explore this fast growing subject area. You will greatly enhance your employment prospects by using industry standard software and the latest technology.

Our friendly staff will help you to develop your skills and knowledge of computing in a relaxed and nurturing environment. 

The College has a strong reputation and students work in a vibrant creative environment that nurtures student’s to meet their potential. We offer a dedicated centre for HE learners, with opportunities to get involved in clubs and social activities.  

Course Contact
Student Services
Swindon College
North Star Avenue

Freephone: 0800 731 2250 or email: studentservices@swindon-college.ac.uk


Genevieve Browne
Belinda Gizzi