Leicester College
Fashion/Footwear Design HND
Leicester College

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20903 £17931 £21753
25-75 percentile range £17825 - £24915 £12598 - £22386 £15916 - £27274

Course Description

The full time Higher National Diploma in Fashion/Design is a creative and vocationally relevant course equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree. It prepares you for a design and manufacture career across the fashion industries. You will work with staff with a wealth of industry expertise and practice within the creative sector to develop professional design and manufacturing skills. You will also be offered opportunities for research and analysis in related specialist subjects.

The course team plan to work closely with several leading Fashion retailers and Footwear manufacturers which support the delivery of the programme. Networking and liaising with industry contacts is an integral part of the course. Design briefs offer creative challenges through developing illustration skills, graphic presentation, and 3D manufacturing. You will explore specialist garment production and footwear manufacturing sector skills, gaining an insight into tailoring, garment/shoe pattern cutting and garment /shoe construction.

Based on full cohort recruitment, students can expect approximately 12 to 14 hours of timetabled sessions per week.

As this course addresses the needs of today's fashion industry, there is a strong focus on work-based learning and the course covers a broad spectrum of fashion industry-related topics. You will study 120 credits in each academic year covering specialisms such as trend forecasting, branding, social media profile, studio photography as well as traditional fashion practices.

Creative Arts students can also benefit from having access to an extensive range of facilities within the area and opportunities to collaborate with other students across a range of creative arts pathways, further developing your employability and industry related skills.

You can top up to a full degree by either joining the final year of our BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Creative Industries) following successful completion of this course, or another alternative relevant top up degree . You may also apply to other universities to top up on related degrees (based on entry requirements of chosen institution). Career opportunities are varied across fashion design, construction, marketing and media.

Grading & Study Time

Units are assessed through the completion of either practical or written assignments that are set in a contemporary, work-related context. The final stages of the course involve the production of a professional portfolio. The work you undertake is negotiable and will reflect your individual strengths and career aspirations. Assessment is continuous throughout both years for each module. All assessment is summative and contributes to progression and achievement. Design assignments are coursework based, through sketchbooks, presentations, final garment production with accompanied evaluative evidence. Extended writing skills are assessed in Contextual Studies in addition to the creation of a personal fashion blog. An assessment submission schedule is issued when the course commences. Upon successful completion, HND students are awarded either pass, merit or distinction.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. You will need a portfolio of your work. Following receipt of this work, an interview by phone will be conducted. A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-native English speakers.

Qualification requirements

Including a relevant subject/science @ C or above (80 UCAS tariff points)

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry, preferably in a subject relevant to this course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with a Distinction grade, PLUS one A-level at Grade A in an essay-based arts, humanities or social science subject, PLUS an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 5.5

Leicester College is not a Home Office Student Sponsor and does not accept applications from international students. We can only accept applications from students already resident in the UK. EU / EEA nationals resident in the UK must be able to demonstrate that they have gained either ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Other non-UK nationals (apart from Irish nationals) must demonstrate they have valid UK residency / leave to remain in the UK to be considered for admission. Right to study in the UK does not automatically confer Home fee status and you may be required to undertake a fee status assessment to confirm your eligibility for student funding.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Fashion/Footwear Design, HND, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Fashion/Footwear Design HND

International £10700 year 1
EU £10700 year 1
England UK £6165 year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 year 1
Scotland £6165 year 1
Wales £6165 year 1

Additional fee information

Educational trips are not compulsory but encouraged as part of your experience. Previous students have paid up to £450 for an overseas trip (Previous excursions include Paris, Milan and London) You should expect to spend approximately £100 per year on art materials and printing costs for the presentation of work as part of your portfolio.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About Leicester College

Leicester College is an institution that dedicates itself to providing further education to their more than 26,000 student body, and has its main campus in Leicester, England. The college operates from four main campuses, which include Abbey Park Campus and Engineering Technology Centre, Freemen’s Park Campus, St. Margaret’s Campus, and City Skills Centre.

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St Margaret’s Campus
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