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Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W22FHEB01A

What you will learn

This diploma is delivered in strategic partnership with the University of the Arts: London College of Fashion and Ravensbourne University, and is for people who intend to progress to university to study for a degree in Fashion. Coursework will explore fashion through research and experimentation in a broad range of topics to create a portfolio in support of your applications that tells your story and shares your vision. We will also help prepare you for interviews in order to secure your place at university or progress directly onto Morley College's Fashion HND with BA (Hons) Top-Up. For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, 100% of our Access to HE: Fashion Studies students who applied through UCAS received at least one university offer and with an overall success rate over 70% for all university applications, each of our students was able to choose from multiple offers. Successful graduates from our Access to HE: Fashion Studies course this year have been accepted onto top fashion programmes including London College of Fashion, Ravensbourne, and Middlesex for a diverse range of Fashion degree pathways. Can’t wait to get started? See what our current students are up to by following us on Instagram @morleyfashionundergrad

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Collect research around an individual theme and develop your design ideas through drawing
  • Explore and experiment with mixed media to develop a portfolio of fashion drawings
  • Learn a variety of sewing techniques necessary for garment construction and essential pattern cutting techniques to complete pattern drafts
  • Create diverse and wide-ranging textile ideas and samples by exploring techniques related to your chosen design theme
  • Produce a series of fashion photographs based on a storyboard of primary and secondary research to show concept and lighting ideas
  • Create digital images for your own fashion magazine story through the application of industry relevant software, tools and techniques

Class format and activities

Our Blended Delivery model provides the flexibility required for small class sizes and robust access to college facilities for classes and independent study onsite while embedding vital transferable skills through online virtual learning. Achievement on your course will be measured by completion of assignments to set deadlines reflecting real world scenarios in a diverse range of formats, including:
• Academic and visual research files
• Sketchbook and portfolio
• Written assignments
• Finished garments, patterns, and toiles
• Textiles
• Digital and live presentations
• Critiques You will have the opportunity to learn a range of techniques in our well-equipped fashion, drawing, photography and textile studios. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment. This course will prepare you for university study while developing your skills in fashion design, garment construction, pattern cutting, drawing, textiles, digital imaging and photography. You will have the opportunity to create fully realised garments from your own original designs to be submitted for our Annual Catwalk Show.

Entry requirements

We offer places on the basis of portfolio and all students are expected to have a good standard of computer literacy. All applicants will be invited to participate in one of our signature Virtual Taster Days. You will have the opportunity to experience a range of practice sessions and to present your portfolio during a personal interview. Previous experience in drawing and basic computer skills are required. Sewing or pattern cutting is helpful but not essential. Please download a copy of the Programme Specification for additional information. You must also have achieved a minimum grade of C at GCSE level in English. For all entry requirements for our Access to Higher Education Diplomas please visit the page in the top menu. You will also find information outlining different funding options for the course. If you are interested in gaining some experience or developing a portfolio before completing an application, you may wish to enrol on one of our Fashion short courses in clothes making, fashion design and portfolio, or pattern cutting offered here at Morley College London.

What you need to know before you enrol

Access to HE: Fashion is a part-time course of up to 3 days per week in a Blended Delivery model. Excellent attendance and punctuality of over 90% is required from all students. In addition to scheduled class sessions, this course requires the completion of self-directed research alongside academic and practical assignments.

What you need

Any Art and Design course involves the purchase of required tools and materials for producing your coursework. A list of specialist supplies will be provided by your tutors at the start of term. Some financial support towards the purchase of materials can be provided for those who qualify. Please contact us if you would like more information. You will also need the following equipment at home for online classes and independent study:
• A sewing machine
• A desktop or laptop computer with camera and microphone/headset
• Access to internet data/wifi
• A camera or camera phone

What you can do next

Completion of the Access to HE: Fashion Studies course will enable you to progress into higher education university study or to continue your studies at Morley College London with direct entry onto our Fashion HND with BA (Hons) Top-Up, validated by Ravensbourne University.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free, or via a Student Loan