Fashion Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: AD037
  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • This course is also available to start in January


The Level 1 Certificate in Fashion, awarded by City & Guilds, is for learners who want to develop their practical skills in fashion design and construction. 

It is a largely practical course which gives opportunity to develop and practise the creative skills required to progress in the Fashion sector.  The assignments covered focus on building a set of practical sewing skills and well as developing creativity.

This course allows adult learners to study on a part time basis, attending on tuesday and  Thursday from 12.20pm to 2.30pm during the day so it can be accommodated alongside employment, childcare and other commitments. It might be of particular interest to those wanting a career change or those just wanting to experience something different and enhance their practical and creative skills.




What will I study?

The course is made up of 4 units and focuses on developing the necessary skills and knowledge to design and construct fashion garments. Learners are given practical tuition on the use of sewing machines and other industrial equipment.  The projects on the course cover; exploring design ideas, sampling fashion techniques and textile decoration.  Learners will learn how to use all of these elements to make an unlined skirt.

You will be based in our new £18.3 million Beacon Centre. In order for you to flourish in the creative field we have invested in professional facilities such as spacious studios, industrial sewing machines, pattern cutting facilities, industrial overlocker, screen printing and weaving equipment, digital fabric and wallpaper printer, Apple Mac design suites and our very own in house photography studio and infinity curve as well as workshop spaces for print, 3D construction, pottery and plaster.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but an interest in fashion & garment construction as well as a basic knowledge of written English is needed as well as a commitment to achieving the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

In this qualification learners engage with study through project work, building a portfolio of practical samples as well as producing a final garment. Development is progressive taking learners through a series of practical workshops and assignments where they will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as their practical skills.

What can I do next?

Various creative roles within the fashion and textile industry leading to:

Sewing machinist

Pattern cutter

Surface pattern design / fashion design

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Fashion Design Assistant

If you've got creative flair and would like to work in fashion, this job could be ideal for you.

Fashion design assistants support designers by helping them create new materials, styles, colours and patterns for fashion brands and labels.

In this job you would need to have an eye for pattern and colour. You would need to manage your time well and prioritise your work. You should also know what's coming in and going out of fashion.

To get into this job you can work your way up through a company or take a higher education course before joining a fashion business. Getting work experience, paid or unpaid, is especially important for this job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Fashion Designer

Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges. As a fashion designer, you could work in high fashion or designer ready-to-wear fashion. You could also work in high street fashion. You would often specialise in particular types of clothing - for example in men’s, children’s or sportswear. If you love being creative and you are passionate about fashion, this job could be perfect for you.

To be a fashion designer, you will need to have a good eye for colour and shape. You’ll need skills like pattern cutting and sewing. You’ll also need to able to spot trends.

You will usually need a relevant degree to do this job. A course that teaches both design and technical skills will give you the knowledge you need to work in the industry.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire