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Fashion Womenswear BA (Hons)

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UCAS code
BA (Hons)
Up to 4 years
Study location
Scottish Borders
Delivery type


The Fashion programme explores the creative process of fashion design from initial research through to collection creation and production. This pathway explores the range of market sectors from fast fashion through the high street to ready to wear both within the UK and relevant to a global context. Applicants will develop a personal fashion handwriting and a broad understanding of the worldwide fashion industry. The personal handwriting will be developed by internal and relevant external projects, which will both embed skills and allow personal creative fashion statements appropriate to the chosen market.

This programme is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels.


Programme content

Year 1

This broad common Level 1 for all Fashion, Communication, and Marketing and Retailing students provides an introduction to their chosen programme and to related pathways. Students are encouraged to research and develop individual strengths and skills in the analysis, evaluation and contextualisation of their work in the contemporary fashion marketplace.

Learning and teaching 

  • Scheduled learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 67%


  • Written: 14%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 86%
Year 2

Students will specialise in their chosen pathway and explore in greater depth: pattern design, creation and production through traditional and non-traditional fashion methodologies. The programmes also cover fashion illustration, fashion design, knitwear design and contextual studies, to begin to develop an individual fashion handwriting.

Learning and teaching 

  • Scheduled learning: 29%
  • Independent study: 71%


  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 3

Focus is on students working in appropriate cross-disciplinary projects and fashion industry collaborations through a combination of independent study, team working and appropriate external projects. External activity provides students with industry awareness as well as giving them first-hand knowledge of contextualising their work in a contemporary fashion marketplace.

Learning and teaching 

  • Scheduled learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 67%


  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 4

Students will consolidate their skills and reinforce their own fashion identity through the initiation, development and production of a contemporary final fashion-led collection accompanied by a strong fashion design portfolio.

Learning and teaching 

  • Scheduled learning: 36%
  • Independent study: 64%


  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%


Working within 6 months of graduating

Work and study

This is what our BA (Hons)Fashion Womenswear students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 82% are working
  • 9% are studying
  • 1% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 73% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Design occupations Sales occupations 
  • Business and public service associate professionals 
  • Engineering professionals 
  • Managers, directors and senior officials 
  • Customer service occupations 
  • Elementary occupations 
  • Teaching and educational professionals 
  • Media professionals 
  • Administrative occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers ABBB including English
  • A-Levels BBB including English at a minimum of GCSE
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points

Year 2

  • HNC A in graded unit. Entry into Level 2 may be available for applicants who have completed an appropriate HNC/HND/BTEC (dependent upon places available).

Year 3

  • HND A in graded unit. Entry into Level 3 may be available for applicants who have completed an appropriate HND/BTEC (dependent upon places available).

Additional information

  • Portfolio Requirement: Once you have applied to UCAS you will be required to send us your portfolio. Portfolio submission is a prerequisite and will demonstrate an individual interest in fashion communication. This can be communicated through any media including traditional, observed and expressive drawing, painting, photography and digital media. Our portfolio requirements are explained in the Guidelines to Applicants for Portfolio Programmes.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£13,500

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree programmes in 2016

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

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