Fashion and Costume with Sustainable Practice - Certificate of Higher Education (Subject to Validation)

Course Code: VA1HE19

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre1 Year / £8,750Apply

Course Overview

The Certificate of HE Fashion and Costume with Sustainable Practice is an exciting and contemporary new one-year programme. The new course provides a versatile curriculum which allows freedom to experiment across specialisms and will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the industry, develop a freelance profile, set up a small business or progress to the next level of a BA Hons Degree either at Blackpool School of Arts or at another institution.

This is a higher-level qualification which incorporates technical training and practical elements and will be highly desirable in a range of roles that do not require a require a full degree, also completing a Certificate of HE can demonstrate individuals’ capability of studying at university level, raise their confidence, support a career change, or progression in a current career. This newly validated course which runs from September 2022 incorporates within each module a Sustainable Practice Manifesto, and introduces students to global issues around design, production, materiality, and distribution allowing for broad exploration and creative solutions. This satisfies a drive in the industry to recruit graduates with the vision and knowledge to develop innovative strategies that will create more sustainable approaches right across the industry.

Students will have access to a unique creative environment with contemporary studios, think spaces and a stunning public gallery.  Our studios are equipped with the latest technology and are beautifully presented, providing a spacious and inspiring environment in which to work.  Class sizes are normally small and again this is very beneficial, affording the opportunity for a tailored personal learning situation and plenty of help and support.

Many of our alumni have successful careers, working across both the fashion and costume industries and regularly visit to meet our students, offering career advice and support with the transition into their chosen industry. It is the aim of the programme to provide a transformational learning experience which equips students with the competencies and skills necessary for a positive future.

Entry Requirements

For applicants who have recently been in education, the entry profile will typically include one of the following:

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

•         CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline

•         MMM from Level 3 Extended Diploma or Merit from Level 3 Diploma in an appropriate discipline

•         Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma or Foundation Diploma Art & Design

•         Attendance at workshop or forwarding of electronic portfolio

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.  For non-traditional applicants, the following will also be considered on a case by case basis

•         Related work experience

•         An international equivalent of the above qualifications

•         RPL may also be considered in accordance with the awarding body’s regulations

Applications may also be considered from individuals who can demonstrate a strong interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the goals of lifelong learning and personal development.

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Engaging the ArchiveVA4MD05020Mandatory
Pattern Cutting and Production Techniques 1VA4MD05120Mandatory
Textiles and Contextual InvestigationVA4MD05220Mandatory
Pattern Cutting and Production Techniques 2VA4MD05320Mandatory
Design Communication and StylingVA4MD05420Mandatory
Enterprise and SustainabilityVA4MD05520Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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