The programme develops the creative, technical and team building skills essential for working in the fashion and textiles industry. You will develop a sound understanding of designing, making and presenting your own collection of fashion and textiles and apply theories of concept and market research to practice. In addition you will be organising ambitious projects such as end of year fashion shows and exhibitions.
Applicants should hold a minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points from one of the following qualifications:
- BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject at grade MPP or above
- Two A Levels at grades CC or above, including a relevant subject
- BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Pass grade or above
- An equivalent qualification in a relevant subject
Although not a mandatory requirement for entry to the programme, students aptitude for study at this level and their future employment prospects will benefit from holding GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above (or an equivalent level 2 qualification).
Mature applicants (those aged 21 years or over at the start of the course) who do not hold one of these qualifications but who possess relevant experience or skills, and who can present a portfolio of work which demonstrates their creative potential, are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 2 years full-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
• Drawing and Surface Pattern (30 credits)
• Fashion Materials, Techniques and Concepts (15 credits)
• Textile Materials, Techniques and Concepts (15 credits)
• Textiles and Fashion Work Based Contexts (30 credits)
• Research and Study Skills (15 credits)
• Computer Applications for Fashion and Textiles (15 credits)
• Professional Practice and Work Based Placements (30 credits)
• Textiles and Fashion Design (30 credits)
• Textiles and Fashion Realisation (30 credits)
• Critical Thinking (15 credits)
• Exhibiting Work and Portfolio Development (15 credits)
A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme to cover the supply of basic materials, including calico, threads, pattern paper, printing inks and dyes. This fee is currently set at £70 per year. An additional fee for trips, currently set at £30 per year, is also payable for each year of the programme to cover admission fees for external visits organised by the College. This will enable the College to obtain group discounts where available and ensure that students can visit key exhibitions and shows during the year. Please note that this fee will not cover your travel costs. You will need to budget for the purchase of fabrics and other materials to carry out your project work. The scale of this cost will depend on the nature of your work and your choice of style and materials. As a guide, the College estimates an average cost of £75-£100 across the first year and £100-£150 across the second year, although some students will spend more than this whilst others will spend less. The College will also seek to organise a group visit to the Première Vision show in Paris. This will be an optional trip. Subject to a minimum number of students signing up, you should budget for a cost of approximately £250 if you wish to attend this event.
Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs.
For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.
Teaching is predominantly practical, utilising methods such as demonstrations, studio workshops, group lectures, seminars and individual tutorials.
Assessment is largely coursework-based, with a small percentage of certain modules ‘exam’ or presentation-based. This will usually include a digital presentation of images of work where you will develop communication and professional practice skills.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
Subject to meeting the entry requirements, you will be able to progress to the Colleges one-year BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Fashion & Textiles. Alternatively, employment or an internship with a range of fashion and textile employers is possible.
Full-time applicants (including international applicants) should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system. If you need help or advice on your application, you should speak with your careers adviser or contact UCAS Customer Contact Centre.
The institution code number for the University of Kent is K24, and the code name is KENT.
See the UCAS website for an outline of the UCAS process and application deadlines.
If you are applying for courses based at Medway, you should add the campus code K in Section 3(d).