Fashion and Textiles - Level 3 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


Fashion is a vibrant and flourishing industry with a wide range of career opportunities.

This course concentrates on specific areas of the business, for example, fashion buying, retail management, visual merchandising, events management, fashion styling and product development. However, the course would introduce you to the basic principles of design and provide you with an understanding of the manufacturing process within the clothing industry.

Contextual studies will cover the history of fashion and examine contemporary influences such as ethical and sustainable fashion.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course would be suitable for those who love fashion and are serious about a career within the industry.

The course would also be useful to the enterprising individual with aspirations to start their own business.

You need to be a creative individual with an art & design portfolio, numerate, and good at written work as projects involve a great deal of report writing and analysis.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course you will gain a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Fashion Retail Enterprise.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

The course introduces you to a variety of areas, which should enable you to decide which option you would like to develop and pursue as a career.

Many of the projects are practical whilst others require a more analytical approach. Creative work will be produced using digital media, a skill much in demand from employers. Areas covered include;

  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Fashion Retail
  • Fashion Styling
  • Fashion Buying

Learning Methods

The course centres on a programme of assignments designed to put your skills to the test.

Teaching is mainly through practical projects, small group work, lectures and private study. As well as developing your specialist skills you will learn how to research, evaluate and present your ideas clearly, and to solve problems with creativity, adopting a professional approach to your work.

Assessment Methods

Work is continuously assessed to Pass, Merit or Distinction.

There are 18 units which provide an overall grade upon completion and UCAS points for entry into university.

Progression Opportunities

There are opportunities to progress onto higher education courses both locally and nationally.

Career Opportunities

There are also career opportunities at this level with local retail outlets and small enterprises within our region.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at grades A-C or level 2 equivalent would be an advantage but not essential.

Specific qualifications will also be discussed if students wish to progress to a Higher Education qualification following this one; such as a Foundation Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Please call (0191) 200 4000 or email to confirm the fee for this course.

This course is free if you are aged 16-19 and a full time student with us.

Please note: this applies to UK / EU citizens only. If you are an international student (from outside the EU) please contact our International Office for information on course and other costs. Tel +44 191 226 6323 or email

You will normally have to pay for course items such as stationery, books and equipment. Some courses have placements or visits which may have costs attached. We may be able to help you with these and also with related costs of coming to college such as travel and childcare.

For further information, please see our leaflet entitled ‘Free study and help with study costs’ which is available from Student Services (contact details below).

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.