Course Info

16 - 19
Art & Design
  • creative

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 Years

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Course Overview

This course is aimed at those students who will thrive on being challenged creatively as it will develop you skills in research, design development, pattern making, and garment construction. The second year of study building upon these and enabling you to grow as a designer, illustrator, pattern cutter, and machinist. You will receive weekly feedback from staff and peers, with more formal feedback given at the end of each project. This allows you to receive positive and constructive advice on your work throughout the project. You will also have a clear understanding of meeting deadlines and expectations.

You will have the opportunity to work in a creative and inclusive environment within our excellent facilities, including our purpose built fashion studios, and our excellent resources that will support your learning and develop you understanding of fashion design, print, and textiles. You will work and collaborate with our experienced staff who have the relevant skills and connections to the industry to help you achieve your potential.

Please note that the college will provide some materials and equipment whilst you study. However, there is an expectation of additional material costs of approximately £30 per term. Day trips to galleries and other places of interest usually cost between £25-30 within the year. You may be eligible for a bursary and this should cover the cost of equipment.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

This two year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This is a highly successful course in fashion that has had 100% retention and high grade achievement for three consecutive years.

Through a series of projects, you will be challenged and mentored to produce work of a high standard that covers all aspects of research, design development, fashion illustration, textiles, pattern cutting, and construction. Throughout the second year, you will be encouraged to investigate and explore producing work that is to portfolio standard. This will ensure that you have the best opportunity to progress to a university course of your choice.

The end of year fashion shows receive press coverage and culminate in first and second year students producing garments and final collections respectively to positive reviews and progression.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Completion of this programme will enable you to progress to a university course, with some of our former students having gone on to study at Croydon School of Art, London College of Fashion, Ravensbourne, University of East London, and Nottingham Trent.

On completion of this course, you will have successfully set up your own business and you will be focused on internships or apprenticeships with the fashion industry.


You will be assessed through the production of a variety of practice based projects, where sketchbook work and garments are graded at pass, merit, or distinction. You will also be required to produce a small collection to be displayed on the catwalk at our end of year shows.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C; or

A related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results may also be considered); and

A GCSE at grade 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in English or Mathematics; or

English and Mathematics assessed at Level 1 or above by College assessment.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required entry requirements. However, an interview will always be required.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

A portfolio of work that shows research into your approach to creative work.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.