OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles

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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 to work in the fashion and textile industry or follow fashion-related undergraduate studies.

  • Entry requirements

    OTHM Level 3 qualifications: Learners aged 16 or above

    English requirements: Visit English Language Requirements page

  • Equivalences

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

  • Qualification structure

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

  • Mandatory units

    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)

  • Duration and delivery

    The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

  • Assessment and verification

    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.

  • Progression

    Successful completion of the OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles provides learners with the opportunity for the workplace and academic progressions.

    As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), many universities acknowledge the ability of learners after studying the OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles and may consider them for direct entry into a range of their bachelor’s degree programmes.