BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology

The course

UCAS code
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.


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Learn the skills that bring creativity to life in the real world. This course is the only fashion technology programme in the UK that includes a fully integrated placement as part of the standard programme. So, you’ll not only learn how to develop great ideas, but also how to use commercial design and the latest technology to turn them into successful fashion products.

Multi-disciplinary skills. Practical knowledge. Real-world experience. This course helps you develop a well-rounded skillset that can help you succeed in a wide range of exciting roles within the fashion industry.

Take advantage of our links to the fashion world. We’ll give you the opportunity to work on exciting, real-life projects — our students recently made garments for global fashion brand Barbour. During your third year, you’ll put your skills to the test in an industry setting, giving you the perfect opportunity to make industry contacts and take another step closer to your dream career. 93% of our graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their Fashion Technology degree. 

The course is taught in our Scottish Borders Campus, which sits close to the heart of Scotland’s luxury textile industry. This is your chance to study in an area that’s home to some of the UK’s top design and production facilities for textiles and fashion. Find out more about what this unique course has to offer on our School pages.

Course content

Year 1

Develop a fundamental and practical knowledge of fashion product development, design, textiles and fashion marketing. Switching between practical classes, workshops and lectures offers a complete learning experience that will boost your understanding of key principles in the clothing and fashion industry. And you’ll get plenty of chance to show and develop your creative side working on practical projects too. 

Year 2

Year 1 lays the foundations. Year 2 builds on this with commercial context. Making use of our strong industry links, we’ll help you develop skills and knowledge in CAD, design and development, textiles and fashion buying with the possibility of working on live briefs.

Year 3

Enhance your creative and problem-solving skills working on inter-linked projects that encourage independent learning. You’ll also have the chance to embed the technical and commercial product development expertise you’ve developed by working on live industry projects. Then it’s out into the real world. Students spend the second semester in industry which lets you put everything you’ve learned into practise in an industry setting.

Year 4

A real chance to express yourself and show your skills. Each student is given the freedom to determine and complete an individual honours project that reflects the diverse and contemporary areas of the clothing and fashion industry. A global context is further explored in the honours year with students studying future textiles, global fashion management and entrepreneurship. 



  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £18000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £20000


These are the most common high skilled jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:

  • Design occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB (including English) 
  • A-Levels BCC (including English) 
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DMM (in a relevant area)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including English) 
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • HNC B in graded unit (in a relevant HNC)
  • BTEC DMM (in relevant subject)

Year 3

  • HND BB in graded unit (in relevant HND)

Additional information

Interview requirement

If your application is successful, you will be required to attend an interview, submitting a short statement up to 48 hours in advance of your interview slot. This personal statement should be 300 to 400 words about why you have applied to Heriot-Watt University and what has motivated you to choose Fashion Technology. The interview will take approximately 15 minutes and you will be given the interview questions in advance. Interviews will run from December 2021 to March 2022.

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £16,000

* 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.

** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

***There is a consumable fee, charged per year of study. Current 2017/18 rates are £140 per year, for this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2021

In addition to government 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:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
View details about Bursaries

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