The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type

Our Fashion Technology degree combines a wide range of clothing and fashion-related studies, helping you learn how to create commercially successful products.



The course offers a strong vocational focus, with a balance of creativity and product development knowledge – through technology, production management and marketing.

Industrial-focused projects will develop a broad range of essential skills, giving you the chance to develop a contemporary commercial awareness. An optional additional year working in the industry means a diploma after the Honours year.

Our BSc Fashion Technology degree offers the perfect start for a wide range of careers in the clothing and fashion industry. This course is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. For more information on this subject area visit our School pages.

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%


Work and study

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

  • 76% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 70% 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:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Design occupations
  • Sales occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Administrative occupations
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Quality and regulatory professionals
  • Secretarial and related occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers minimum of ABBB including English. Mathematics is required at a minimum of Standard Grade / National 5
  • A-Levels minimum of BBB including English and Mathematics at a minimum of GCSE
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points

Year 2

  • HNC A in graded unit. Suitable candidates will be considered for direct entry to Level 2, usually from articulated HNC/HND/BTEC courses. Each application is considered on its merits (dependent upon placesavailable).

Year 3

  • HND A in graded units. Suitable candidates will be considered for direct entry to Level 3, usually from articulated HND/BTEC courses. Each application isconsidered on its merits (dependent upon places available).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

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

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

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

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:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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