Fashion & Clothing

Fashion & Clothing

Fashion & Clothing at Rainhill Sixth Form is ideally suited to learners with preference for practical, rather than theoretical learning. The course is tailored towards specific career areas and with a focus on creativity. This course is an opportunity for students to develop their ability to design and manufacture functional and wearable textiles products in an innovative way and to a very high quality, from initial idea all the way through to retail. Learners will work with industry professionals, to turn your creative talent and ideas into reality.


Course Aims

The course will develop creativity through investigation of different techniques and explore fashion trends through history, current day and fashion forecasting. Learners will gain knowledge of the fundamentals of fashion and textiles, fabrics, construction and components, through practical investigations and testing. You will be able to make and cut your own patterns to a high standard to ensure exciting and unusual designs are created.

The course uses ICT and CAD/CAM to enhance accuracy and efficiency of production and aesthetic quality, in line with industrial practice.

If you have a creative mind and a flare and interest in this industry this is the course for you!

Entry Requirements

Minimum GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in Design and Technology or in an art subject such as Fine Art, Art textiles, Photography or Art Graphics


Following completion of the course students  can progress onto any university course that emphasises creative learning. There are also many career opportunities including fashion designer, costume designer, fashion buyer, fashion stylist, fabric technologist, fabric testing, freelance designer, footwear designer, smart technologist, fashion merchandising and window dresser.

Alternatively working in the media, magazines or television as film set designer, theatre designer, costume restorer, fashion journalist, fashion photographer or working on exhibits for museums and galleries.

Awarding Body

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Fashion Design and Production.


The weighting of assessment is 67% coursework and 33% examination.

The coursework assignments are set and marked by your teacher and then externally moderated. You will complete a series of practical tasks set in a work-related scenario.

The examination element is a controlled assessment which is set and marked by the exam board. You will have to respond to a written research brief.

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