Introduction to Fashion Design and Manufacture NQ Level 5

What is special about this course?

If you're interested in design for fashion or textiles this part-time course will provide you with relevant skills in cutting, making and decoration of garments and accesories commonly used by the fashion industry. 

You'll develop the artistic ability, the skills and techniques required to construct basic garments which you will make on the course. 

Working in the Fashion and Textiles studios, you will be given training on how to use domestic and industrial sewing machines and overlockers. You'll also learn garment construction, fabric dyeing and surafce decoration techniques. The course includes pattern cutting for beginners to support Basic Garment design and construction.

This award is mainly practical and creative in focus but requires precision, discipline and self-motivation to dveelop your skills and knowledge.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a keen interest in fashion, design and textiles. Ideally, they should have some degree of aptitude for sewing and ESOL National 4 or equivalent (for anyone who doesn't have English as their first language).


You will work towards units at SCQF Levels 5:

  • Sewing skills
  • Pattern construction
  • Surface decoration
  • Making clothes/Garment construction


Students can sign out a kit on loan or buy a kit. The cost of a basic kit is £100.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

28 Weeks

You will be taught on Monday (whole day).

How will I be assessed?

    Throughout the year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date



This course costs £200


Funding may be available for this course. Please contact for current information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The purpose of this training is to provide learners with foundation skills and personal confidence to gain entry to Fashion and Design NC or other relevant NC courses and/or higher levels of education. It is expected that learners will develop generic and transferable skills over the duration of this course.

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