The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type



The programme combines a wide range of clothing and fashion-related studies, skills and practice to ensure the success and commerciality of products. The strong vocational focus provides a balance of creativity and product development knowledge through technology, production management and marketing. This provides the fundamental basis for a wide range of careers within the clothing and fashion industry. Industrial focused projects will develop a broad range of essential skills, whilst simultaneously developing a management, communication and analytical approach to provide a contemporary commercial awareness. An optional additional year in industry provides a diploma on completion of the Honours year. For more information on this subject area visit our School pages.

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

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Lectures and practical classes provide a fundamental and practical knowledge of design, fashion product development, textiles, and production management and fashion marketing that underpin the clothing and fashion industry. Practical projects allow for individual creativity and personal development, whilst consolidating subject areas.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written: 23%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 77%
Year 2

Expands on the foundations of Level 1, and reinforces the commercial context, whilst further developing skills in design and development. The programme has links with fashion and clothing professionals who provide a range of support, from presenting lectures to providing work placements.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%


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

Students develop independent learning through inter-linked projects that further enhance their creative and problem solving skills, whilst embedding technical expertise and embracing the reality of the commercial business. The projects strengthen critical analysis and evaluation skills leading to the professional presentation of their work.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written: 30%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 70%
Year 4

Each student determines and negotiates their individual Honours project that reflects the diverse, wideranging and contemporary areas of clothing and fashion. This enables the students to demonstrate their broadening knowledge and apply theories and skills.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 17%
  • Independent study: 83%


  • Written: 26%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 74%

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