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Why choose this qualification?
The Gateway Qualifications Fashion Industries qualification suite is aimed at learners who are seeking employment in the fashion industries or who are already in the fashion industry but are looking to develop new skills or hone existing ones. The suite of qualifications is written and structured to link technical and practical skills with creative skills in a way that will encourage and appeal to a broad range of learners.
The choice of available sizes of qualification and the range of units available within the individual qualifications is designed to give learners considerable flexibility of learning without constraining them to a specific route within the industry (for example, tailoring, pattern cutting, fashion design, garment construction).
The qualification suite will provide learners with the opportunity to explore different routes within the industry and thus to identify a suitable apprenticeship scheme or other opportunity, giving employers the confidence that entrants already understand the context of the industry and the employment roles and career opportunities it offers.
The Gateway Qualifications Skills for the Fashion Industries qualification suite enables progression to employment, further learning opportunities within employment, further study including internal progression within the suite, or to higher-level sector specific qualifications.
Level 1 qualifications are designed to introduce the knowledge and skills required by the sector, while Level 2 qualifications will equip individuals for entry level jobs in the sector and Level 3 qualifications will equip them for more skilled employment.
The qualifications within the suite can also be progressive and cumulative with the credits achieved within the Awards contributing to the Certificates and from there to the Diplomas.
The qualifications can also provide a stepping stone to further specific training and skills development through structured training programmes such as an apprenticeship or Foundation Degree.
The Certificate, Extended Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma qualifications have been developed with a choice of mandatory units that encourage the development of understanding of how the industry operates and how the individual’s abilities can be developed towards successful employment. These qualifications introduce the range of employment opportunities the sector offers and guide the learner towards industry-specific subjects in order for them to gain the appropriate skills and knowledge required by employers.
The Level 3 Diplomas are offer progression onto higher education programmes including Foundation Degrees.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete a minimum of 6 credits to achieve the qualification.
The learner must achieve 6 credits from this group.
Fashion Design: Development
Fashion Design: Illustration Techniques
Fashion Design: Process
Fashion Design: Theory and Practice
Fashion Industry Production
Garment Construction: Sewing Skills
Garment Construction: Techniques
Garment Construction: Toile Making
Pattern Cutting: Commercial Patterns
Pattern Cutting: Manual Lay Planning
Pattern Cutting: Theory and Techniques
Preparation for Employment in the Fashion Industries
Tailoring: Practical Skills
Tailoring: Tailored Garment Construction
Tailoring: Theory and Techniques
The Different Markets for Fashion
The Fashion Industry
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is designed to be taken by learners interested in pursuing a career in fashion but who need to learn more about the different areas of the industry and build up their basic knowledge and skills before progressing to further learning. It is particularly suitable for:
• young people on trainee-ships who are working at level 1 and are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a trainee-ships
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at level 1 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 2
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to the fashion industry to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification includes the basic technical, practical and creative skills needed in the fashion industry, alongside knowledge of the fashion industry and the employment opportunities within it. Learners can combine knowledge of the sector with skills relating to: tailoring; garment construction; fashion design; and pattern-cutting.
The content has been influenced by a number of relevant National Occupational Standards published by Creative Skill set, including Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring, Apparel Manufacturing Technology and Textiles and Material Design.
There are no mandatory units, allowing learners to focus on those areas of greatest interest and which are most likely to support their specific progression plans.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a Level 1 suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Extended Certificate. Learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning relating to fashion before progressing to a Level 2 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is not designed to lead directly to employment, although learners could progress to an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles. Job roles for apprentices might include cloth cutter, sewing machinist, production and sample machining, pattern cutter or dressmaker
What are the progression options?
The qualification supports progression to Level 2 qualifications in fashion, such as the Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Skills for the Fashion Industries or, where combined with other learning (eg from relevant work experience and in English and Maths) to an Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (see above).
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.
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