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12 months


Full time




April, September, January

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The objective of the OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles is to allow learners to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding. This is a practical qualification suitable for all learners with an interest in fashion and textiles. The OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles is focused on fashion and textile techniques and processes, ideas generation in fashion and textiles, design and innovation, fashion and textiles realisations, personal and professional development in the apparel industry and a final major project. The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:

  • Textile construction techniques
  • The ability to make basic fashion/textile items
  • Knowledge of textile properties and characteristics
  • Knowledge of a range of factors that influence fashion/textile choice
  • Knowledge of fashion/textile trends
  • The ability to select and use relevant tools and equipment safely
  • Decision-making and reviewing and evaluation skills

The OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles qualification allows learners to acquire a range of key skills required.

Course Details


OTHM Level 3 qualifications can be offered to learners from age 16. OTHM does not specify entry requirements for these qualifications. OTHM ensures that learners admitted to the programme have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment criteria.

OTHM Centre must ensure learners are recruited with integrity onto appropriate qualifications that will meet their needs, enable and facilitate learning and achievement enable progression. This qualification is offered in English.


If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page


OTHM qualifications at Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.


The OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles qualification consists of 6 mandatory units, for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 630 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.


  • Introduction to Fashion and Textiles Techniques and Processes (14 credits)
  • Ideas Generation in Fashion and Textiles (16 credits)
  • Design and Innovation (20 credits)
  • Fashion And Textiles Realisations (20 credits)
  • Personal And Professional Development in the Apparel Industry (20 credits)
  • Final Major Project (30 credits)


OTHM do not specify the mode of delivery for its qualifications, therefore OTHM Centres are free to deliver this qualification using any mode of delivery that meets the needs of their learners. However, OTHM Centres should consider the learners’ complete learning experience when designing the delivery of programmes. OTHM Centres must ensure that the chosen mode of delivery does not unlawfully or unfairly discriminate, whether directly or indirectly, and that equality of opportunity is promoted. Where it is reasonable and practicable to do so, it will take steps to address identified inequalities or barriers that may arise. Guided Learning Hours (GLH) which are listed in each unit gives the Centres the number of hours of teacher-supervised or direct study time likely to be required to teach that unit.


All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the assessor. The assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


Achieving the OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study.

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