T Level Craft and Design - Textiles and Fashion Maker

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Stockport College


Stockport College

Further Details


College 16-18


T Level

Course Start Date

Tuesday 3rd September 2024

Course Duration

Full-time, 1 Year

Course Time

Course Fee

£ 0.00
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Course Overview

The Craft sector contributes approximately œ3.4 billion to the UK economy providing goods and services relating to textiles. There are an estimated 11,620 UK crafts businesses, employing around 150,000 people. Approximately 88% of craft businesses in the UK are sole traders, and craft workers are employed by businesses both within and outside of the creative industries. The UK’s craft sector supports trade and commerce around the world with over œ5bn of exports annually. Craft services are essential to the UK’s future as a global, outward-looking, free-trading nation.
The Design sector in the UK is responsible for an estimated œ3.949 bn of Gross Value Added (GVA) with approximately 163,000 design and designer fashion jobs in the creative industries. Including all design roles both within and outside of creative industries, the design economy contributes approximately œ71.7bn in GVA. According to the Design Council’s report on ‘The Design Economy’ the contribution of design to the total export of goods and services from the UK is œ34bn, equivalent to 7.3 per cent of total UK exports.

The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T Level. During your two-year course, you will learn the core knowledge that underpins the sector, and you will also develop occupationally specific skills that will allow you to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation
– Aimed at 16 -19-year-olds
– Equivalent in size, rigour and depth as 3 A-levels
– Managed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)
– Design and content created by employer panels
– Designed for students to have the minimum threshold competencies for an occupational role with in Textiles
– UCAS Points
– Route(s) to paid employment / HE / Higher level Apprenticeships

Course Requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including maths and English Language.

What you will Learn

design/concept brief stage:
 research and development stage:
o exploration
o production planning
o budget planning
o sources of materials
 pre-production stage:
o experimentation and testing
o prototype
Pearson Technical Qualification in Craft and Design (Level 3) 232 T Level Technical Qualification – Version 1 – April 2024
 approval stage:
o present ideas to client
 production stage:
o pattern making:
– create detailed pattern pieces for final design
o toile/sampling:
– produce item to meet the brief
o completion of technical documentation
o timeline of all parts for production
 post-production stage:
o product reviewed by client
o evaluation and reflection.


The assessment is a mix of Portfolio evidence. controlled assessment and exams.


Degree related programmes:
 BA in Pattern and Garment Technology
 BA in Product and Furniture Design
 BA in Fashion Design
 BA in Fashion Textiles
 BA in Design Crafts
 BA in Textiles

Like many degree programmes, there are a spectrum of entry requirements for each of the above, so be prepared to show a portfolio or speak about your experience. When it comes to soft skills, you’ll want to show curiosity, a natural flair, creativity, consistency, patience, and drive.

Career Options

Pattern and Garment Technology Product and Furniture Design Fashion Designer, Fashion Textiles Designer or Buyer Design Crafts Textiles Maker

Mandatory Units

The core component provides a broad understanding of the creative industry and covers the following topics:
 The creative economy
 The individual in the creative industries
 Cultural context and vocabulary
 Professionalism and ethics
 Equality, diversity and inclusion
 Research skill
 Project methodology and administration
 Continued professional development.

Textiles and Fashion Maker
 Creative propositions and briefs
 Creative product development
 Design processes
 Materials, tools, processes, and techniques
As part of this Technical Qualification, you will also enhance your broader skills in literacy
and numeracy, which will be valuable in supporting progression in other areas. In addition,
you will develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication, collaboration
(working with colleagues), research and project work, providing you with an opportunity to
demonstrate your reflective learning and identifying improvements.

Contact Details

For further information please contact T: 0161 886 7070 or E: info@trafford.ac.uk

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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