Course Type / Attendance

Full Time

Subject Area

Art, Design and Media

Start Date

September 2018




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Fashion and Clothing National Extended Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you enjoy art and design and, in particular, fashion and textile related projects and are looking for a pathway to higher level courses and a range of potential future careers in textiles, surface pattern and fashion.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’’ll need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which needs to be in an art and design subject. You can also join the course with a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Art and Design providing you have a merit or distinction grade.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will explore a range of subjects over the two years including:

  • Fashion design
  • Pattern cutting
  • Prof portfolio development
  • Experimental textiles
  • Printed, embroidered and constructed textiles

How you will learn

You will be taught to develop practical skills and knowledge in all fashion and textile areas through lessons taught in specialist studios. The course will involve visits to regional and national exhibitions shows and galleries where you will study and record the work of  various fashion designers, craftspeople, artists and designers

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you’’ll have a wide range of choices to take your passion further. You could continue your studies at university and specialise in a specific subject area of fashion and textiles or you could find employment in fashion or textile related industries.

What costs will you incur?

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.