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 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.

English requirements

English requirements: 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.

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 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.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

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.


Successful completion of the OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles provides learners with the opportunity for 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 degree programmes.

For more information visit the OTHM University Progressions page.

Quality, Standards & Recognitions

By complying with our regulators and meeting university progression requirements we ensure the high-quality standards of all our qualifications and assessments.

University Progressions

The local and global recognition has enabled our graduates to enhance their employability skills as well as to join degree and master top-up programmes.

Become an Approved Centre

If you are a college or a private training provider wishing to offer our qualifications, you will need to become an approved centre first.

Find out how
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