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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years, August to June

This course is now full. Applications for August 2024 courses will reopen in January 2024.

This exciting HND Fashion Technology course is only delivered at Glasgow Clyde College in the UK, there is no other course of its kind available. This is a privileged position to be in which has allowed us to grow and be the course of choice for those wishing to learn technical garment manufacture skills. We have five very large pattern-cutting/production rooms fully equipped with up-to-date industry requirements:

18 Lock stitch machines
Two Overlockers
Industrial Irons
Specialist machines, buttonhole, button sewing, blind hemmer, cover stitch machine etc.

We have worked closely with our external partners to ensure the course meets the needs of today’s learners, Higher Education partners and industry.

What will I learn?

During this HND Fashion Technology course, you will learn pattern cutting and garment manufacturing skills and be encouraged to work more independently in 2nd year as you develop several garments from design through to manufacture. All these skills will prepare you for moving on to university, going directly into employment or developing a business.

The key elements of the course include pattern drafting, industrial sewing, fabric handling and draping techniques, garment manufacture bespoke tailoring techniques and CAD pattern skills, as well as practical workshops and industry-led fashion design projects. You will produce a range of garments and explore couture finishes vital for the bridal and evening wear unit.

Your HND Fashion Technology studies will include:

  • Pattern drafting and development
  • Industrial sewing techniques
  • Garment construction
  • Bespoke tailoring
  • Fashion research and development.
  • Garment/costume research
  • Garment draping techniques
  • Bridal and evening wear
  • CAD pattern

Progression from year 1 to 2nd year of the HND is not a guarantee and is dependent on suitable progression through course work, as well as satisfactory attendance, timekeeping and commitment.

If you are interested in this course and would like to know more, please view the course presentation before making your application.

HND Fashion Technology Course 2021 - YouTube

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher at C pass or above or are working towards this qualification 
  • Applications will be considered from those that do not meet the academic requirements if they can demonstrate some experience in the Textile/Fashion/ Design industry
  • Relevant National Qualification or a Foundation/ Modern Apprenticeship. 

Entry requirements for the BSc Fashion Technology Heriot-Watt Pathway:

  • Highers minimum of one A and three Bs including English
  • Mathematics is required at a minimum of National 5, or equivalent
  • A-Levels minimum of 2 Bs including English and Mathematics at a minimum of GCSE.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

We have well-established links with industry and organisations within the Creative Industries.  

Recent live projects include Anne Pricilla Bridal Designer, Scottish Wedding Directory, Trades House Glasgow, Willow Tea Room, Opus Couture Bridal, The National Trust Pollok House and Ingles Buchan, 

We also work closely work with industry to deliver the following SVQ Modern Apprenticeship: 

SVQ – Sewn Products level 5 

SVQ – Textiles Manufacturing level 5 

SVQ - Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring level 6  

SVQ - Manufacturing Textile Products level 7 

Articulation Routes

An Associate Articulation agreement is in place with Heriot Watt University, Borders Campus, Galashiels. Within our HND Fashion & Textile programmes, we will identify 20 students that will be dually enrolled as Heriot Watt Associate students and 10 students that will be dually enrolled as Articulation students.  

You will automatically progress into 3rd year of your chosen HND: 

  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology  
  • BA (Hons) Fashion  
  • BA (Hons) Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art) 

(Guaranteed on successful completion of the two-year HND Programme and a B grade in Graded Unit year 1 and 2). 

Jobs and further study

We have strong relationships with Higher Education institutes throughout Scotland and across the United Kingdom, with many of our students successfully gaining direct entry places into university.

  • 3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology at Heriot-Watt University.
  • 3rd year entry to BSc Education and Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification in Home Economics at Strathclyde University.
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BA (Hons) Clothing Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • 3rd year entry to BA Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • 1st year entry to BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Gray's School of Art Aberdeen
  • Entry to BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction at Queen Margaret University.

In addition, students have gone on to self-employment or employment in the fashion industry. Recent graduate roles have included:

  • Head of Menswear Knit, Cos 
  • Pattern Cutter, Top Shop 
  • Product Development, Trakke Bags 
  • Garment Technologist, Endura 
  • Pattern Cutter, H&M 
  • Designer, Wilson Imports 
  • Garment Technologist, Wilson Imports 
  • Product Development, Karen Milne 
  • Marketing, Evergreen 
  • Buyer, Schuh 
  • Further Education Lecturer 
  • Production Operative, Loch Haven 

Please see links above for information on these job roles via

My World of Work 

Pattern Cutter

Garment Technologist 

Please see links above for information on these job roles via  

My World of Work 

Pattern Cutter 

Garment Technologist 

Check out our School of Fashion and Textiles website 

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM/junk folder if you do not hear from us). 

If you meet the entry requirements, you will receive an offer of a place on the course and be invited to a face-to-face information session, where you will be given additional information about your course, have a tour of the facilities and meet the staff. It is essential that you attend this session. 

Offer of a place - definitions 

  • An unconditional place - you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. 
  • A conditional place - your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.  
  • Waiting list - you have met all entry requirements however; the course is full. If any spaces become available, you are contacted usually around the course start date. 
  • Unsuccessful - you have not met the entry requirements for this course but will be offered a place on our Foundation in Fashion and Textiles. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291