Level 2 Professional Fashion Design and Pattern Cutting

Course Description

This course will help to prepare you for employment in the fashion industry as a pattern cutter, garment tech or similar. You will develop skills such as designing, making patterns, sewing and fitting in order that you are able to create garment specification sheets and illustrations to showcase your design work. In WMC’s own fashion studio, your tutors will impart knowledge and skills honed during years of industry experience as designers, pattern cutters and garment technicians.

Location: Camden

Course Content

Students will complete five units: pattern cutting, fashion design, fashion drawing, sample-sewing and preparation for work in the creative industries. You will create a range of samples from block to design patterns, incorporating details like collars, closures and other specialist details; sewing examples from a variety of seam finishes to zips, pockets, cuffs, collars and facings, garment toiles and salesman samples. Additionally, students will analyse and evaluate their progress using a log/journal with reflections
Students’ work will be collected in a portfolio which supports job or university applications after completion of this certificate.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course consists of five units which will be taught in an active and student-centred way. Drawing instruction will give students practise in expressing design ideas on paper in the form of fashion illustrations and technical drawings. The design ideas will be translated into garments by students applying industry-relevant pattern cutting and sewing techniques to create toiles for fitting and toile samples with individual design details and professional finishes.
To complete the programme, students will revise their CV and practise their interview skills guided by a literacy tutor with fashion recruitment experience.
Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, iLearn.

Independent Learning

In addition to the classes you will be expected to complete patterns, design research, drawings and sewing work independently. Access to sufficient table space, equipment and a PC outside of the classroom is advantageous.


There is a formal assessment framework with nationally set criteria which are delivered in the form of assignment briefs. You will need to present your portfolio of practical and written work and meet given deadlines.
Work will be formally assessed by your tutor, on completion of each project, and you will be given feedback to help you improve. Students will be assessed on their final garments and portfolio of accumulated course work, reports and reflective log.
The course culminates in a fashion exhibition in which students can present their designs.
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.

Qualification you will achieve

On completion of this course you will achieve an OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in the Creative and Digital Industries (QCF)

The awarding body is OCN London.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course. ALS is subject to an assessment with a trained member of staff and support may include one or more of the following: support in the classroom, out of class workshops such as literacy, ICT and maths and specialist support for dyslexia. Provision of assistive equipment is also available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments with our Disability Officer. 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 advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides financial support for some course fees, which is based on eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception.

Additional costs for a portfolio folder and fashion fabrics for toile samples, pens and printing should not exceed ?100 (depending on quality and amount of fashion fabric required for individual designs). These must be obtained independently by students and cannot be purchased at the College but your tutor will guide you about what to buy at induction and during the course.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk