BTEC Fashion


Fashion is one of the few ‘Arts’ subjects that we interact with on a daily basis. We are all consumers of the products and clothes is one of those emotive topics where all have an opinion. There are a range of different students who choose to study Fashion at this level for a variety of reasons. Some wish to follow a career in Fashion or related creative industries whilst others just want to complete a creative course to supplement more academic subjects. The main reason for anyone wishing to follow the course though would be a genuine passion for the subject.


Students studying Fashion at Raine’s have the unique opportunity of completing Design Briefs set by some of the most respected and creative people in the industry. Milliner Philip Treacy and Deborah Milner, Head of Couture Studio, Alexander McQueen will meet and discuss the work produced during the course. It is hoped this list will be expanded on in the near future.


The BTEC course is one that is very similar to what you would study if on a Fashion College at Art college. You will study four different units which include:

  • Visual recording and communication
  • Critical and contextual studies in art and design
  • The creative process
  • Fashion materials, techniques and processes

These will provide a firm foundation for any fashion student including skills in research, illustration, clothing design, fabric design, pattern cutting, modelling designs on a stand, manufacture skills. The aim, is for you to be able to take a given brief or situation and follow the process from initial conceptual thoughts through to completed garments. You will also learn about the fashion industry in terms of an art form and as a multi billion dollar global industry.


Students also are given the opportunity to take part in projects outside of school at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the prestigious Fashion Awareness Direct course.


You will complete a range of projects covering three mandatory units specified by the exam board. Two of these units will be externally assessed, while two of the units will be assessed internally.


The vast majority is practical in nature with design and make tasks accounting for the main body of work. But students do need to be able to conduct research, explain concepts and evaluate their own and others work.


Students will be encouraged to visit galleries and museums both with the school and independently in order to gather inspiration and research.


You will develop a portfolio of work that can help you gain a place in further study in any of the creative subjects for those that wish to. But equally, many students simply follow the course because of their interest in the subject then use UCAS points gained to help gain a place in the University of their choice.


Fashion as an industry employs over 800,000 people and is a significant contributor to the British economy and there are many roles within the industry including, buyer, merchandising, production management, fashion media, retail, PR. A whole range of specialist design posts also including shoe, accessory, knitwear, textile design as well as men’s and women’s wear designers.


Ideally you will have completed a BTEC or GCSE in a visually creative course and achieved equivalent of a ‘5’ grade. If not then some evidence of a genuine interest in the subject and a basic drawing ability could suffice.