Fashion Design and Clothing Construction

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

female student measuring her fashion piece on a mannequin

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Fashion Design and Clothing Construction - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-FACL3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
University of the Arts London (UAL)

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If a career in fashion appeals to you and you’re creative, interested in clothing, drawing and photography, this course is for you. It’s a unique and broad-ranging course covering all aspects of the fashion design process from construction, graphics and fashion photography.

Working within a commercial context, you will select customers to design for, gather and record inspiration to help you develop garment ideas while learning the intricate techniques of pattern cutting and garment construction in our specialist pattern cutting rooms. You will take part in illustration workshops to give you the skills to communicate your designs to others.


Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and one art based subject; alternatively you will be accepted if you have gained successful completion of a BTEC/UAL First Diploma at Merit or Distinction grade. You are also advised to bring in sketchbooks from year 10 and 11. Finally, any of your own textiles or fashion work that you may have completed in your own time (if applicable).

The course is very practical and you will be learning many aspects used widely in the fashion and textiles industry such as fashion illustration, print making, garment design, basic stitching and construction. 

You will be set briefs to work to within which you will need to complete initial observational studies in the form of drawings and photographs to inspire your fashion and textiles outcomes.

You will explore the concept of trend prediction and identify the varying job roles within the fashion industry such as marketing, buying and design. 

You will be set live projects by industry specialists to give you a good insight into the fashion industry. In the second year you will also help organise a fashion show to showcase your designs; this will include planning hair, make-up and the music for your models to walk to. 

There will be opportunities to visit galleries, exhibitions and fashion shows to provide further insight into the industry.

You will be taught practically, techniques and specialist skills will be demonstrated and discussed with you and you will then re-generate what you have seen in your own creative style.

You will keep a sketch book with all samples, designs and your thoughts and artist/designer research to demonstrate your development and how you reached and realised your final outcomes. At times you will work in a self-directed format, planning your own time, researching, and exploring your own design concepts.

Each project will cover specific units; over the two years of the course you will have covered many units. Each unit is assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction grade attributing to a final overall grade at the end of the course. Those wanting to continue onto Higher Education will need to receive a merit grade or above to obtain the required amount of UCAS points.

Most of our students continue to Higher Education including places at prestigious universities such as London College of Fashion, East London and Epsom. Others have embarked upon internships in London, or progressed into a career in retail.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student