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Creative Craft: Level 1 Fashion

Course Description

This is a fashion design and pattern cutting award for students keen to progress beyond the personal use of pattern making. Taught in our fashion studio, this course not only helps you to develop practical, fashion-related skills like designing, drafting patterns and sewing garments but also focuses on improving your study skills for effective research, note-taking, reflective writing, problem-solving and presenting information.

Location: Online/Camden

Course Requirements

Entry onto the course is via an initial assessment and interview with portfolio or samples of your work- if you have any. Please book an assessment via our Eventbrite page here You will need to have evidence of a minimum of Entry 3 level English and Maths or higher. If you do not, then you may be asked to sit a short screening test during initial assessment/interview. You should also be able to use a computer and the internet. Be prepared to do at least 3 hours of homework a week, which includes visiting galleries and exhibitions, completing worksheets, writing up notes, filling and organising note/sketchbooks and conducting research .

Course Content

You will complete three modules: introduction to study skills, fashion design, and pattern cutting and sewing. Students will draft a block pattern to create several designs patterns from. Ideas will be developed from research and design development and by exploring contemporary fashion to inspire fashion forward garment designs. These will be transferred into patterns and samples using industry techniques and finishes. Each unit and development work is recorded in a personal progress log to support students critical analysis of their learning on the course.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course consists of three units which will be taught in an active and student-centred way. Students will create their own pattern blocks from scratch and learn to cut and sew their garments. Fashion design work supports students in creating contemporary garments designs. Students will also develop their study and writing skills guided by a literacy tutor with fashion industry experience. Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, iLearn. In addition to the classes you will be expected to complete patterns, design research and sewing work in independent learning. Access to sufficient table space, equipment and a PC outside of the classroom is advantageous.


There is a formal assessment framework on this course, but no exams. You will need to present a portfolio of practical and written work and meet set deadlines. Work will be formally assessed by your tutor on completion of each project and you will be given feedback to help you improve. All coursework produced will need to be retained by the college for 6-8 weeks after completion of the course until External Verification by OCNLR has taken place. On completion of this course you will achieve an OCNLR Level 1 Award in the Creative and Digital Industries (QCF)

Next Steps and Progression

Successful completion of this course and qualification should enable learners to progress to the WMC Level 2: Fashion Design course.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course and is subject to an assessment with a member of our support staff. ?ALS may include one or more of the following: support in classes, out of class in small groups, workshops or 1:1 with a specialist tutor.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer. Please let us know as soon as possible about your learning needs and/or disabilities so we can arrange support at the earliest opportunity.? Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572