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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
9.2 Crafts, Creative Arts and Design
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002548
Price:
£130.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

The aim of this Diploma is to allow learners to compile a portfolio of evidence to show their readiness and ability to progress onto a range of Fashion/Design/Tailoring related degrees. The Diploma will equip learners with fundamental research skills needed for creative degrees as well as the practical design skills needed to undertake the practical components of design degrees. Learners also have the opportunity to develop business skills which would provide a solid basis for commercial applications of their creativity.

The Diploma will allow adults from non-conventional academic backgrounds to enter a Diploma and progress to university. This is made possible through the combination of units which allow learners to have a thorough grounding in fashion, tailoring, design and business. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Diploma will be useful in supporting their existing skills and provide a good grounding for further study.

The Diploma will provide Learners with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of skills related to care will be acquired, whilst the underpinning skills within the ungraded units will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto relevant degrees.


Why choose this qualification?

The aim of this Diploma is to allow learners to compile a portfolio of evidence to show their readiness and ability to progress onto a range of Fashion/Design/Tailoring related degrees. The diploma will equip learners with fundamental research skills needed for creative degrees as well as the practical design skills needed to undertake the practical components of design degrees. Learners also have the opportunity to develop business skills which would provide a solid basis for commercial applications of their creativity.

The diploma will allow adults from non-conventional academic backgrounds to enter a diploma and progress to university. This is made possible through the combination of units which allow learners to have a thorough grounding in fashion, tailoring, design and business. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this diploma will be useful in supporting their existing skills and provide a good grounding for further study.

The Diploma will provide Learners with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of skills related to care will be acquired, whilst the underpinning skills within the ungraded units will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto relevant degrees.

Rules of Combination

Learners must achieve 45 credits


Units

Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 30 credits from the mandatory group, a minimum of 6 credits from the optional Research group and the remaining 9 credits must be taken from the optional Fashion group.

3D Design Extended Project

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025818
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Fashion Culture and Context

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017346
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Garment Construction: Detailed Garment Construction

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU017372
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Introduction to the Fashion Industry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017354
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Pattern Cutting: Pattern Design

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025983
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Visual Studies 2D

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025820
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Graded Research Units

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Research Skills - Fashion

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026526
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Research and Creative Development

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025822
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Fashion

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

Fashion Brand Communication

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017368
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Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017366
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Fashion Design: Development

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025977
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Fashion Design: Illustration Techniques

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017352
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Fashion Markets

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017370
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Fashion Media

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017356
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Introduction to Production Processes within the Fashion Industry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017348
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Tailoring: Tailored Garment Construction

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025440
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Visual Merchandising Displays

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU018549
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Ungraded Units

15 credits must be taken from the Ungraded group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Introduction to 3D

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU008279
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Study Skills for Creative Arts

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025980
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 3 credits from this group.

Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Work Placement

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025609
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QAA aim code

40008502

Target Groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.


Provider approval criteria

Specialist sewing equipment and resources will be required for the practical units.


Progression Routes

• Fashion BA (Hons)
• Fashion Design: Women’s Wear BA (Hons)
• Fashion Design: Men’s Wear BA (Hons)
• Bespoke Tailoring BA (Hons)
• Costume for Performance (HNC)
• Fashion Design and Development BA (Hons)
• Fashion buying and merchandising BA (Hons)
• Fashion Management BA (Hons)
• Fashion styling and Production BA (Hons)
• Business Administration (BA)
• Business management (BA)
• Fashion buying and merchandising (BA)


Progression route entry requirements

Learners will probably require a pass maths and English at GCSE level or level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English to progress onto a degree course.


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

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Assignment briefs

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