Fashion - Level 1 Award Garment Making (NCFE) Print this page

Dates: 27/11/24 - 05/03/25
Days: Wednesday 09:30 - 15:30
Sessions: 11
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S30018K09FE
Fees: Standard - £425.00
Concessionary - £0.00

Course Information

Learning Aim: 60133600

What is this course about?

Working with fabric and textiles is an incredibly rewarding experience. 

This course will teach you a range of techniques used to make garments, seams, fullness, fastenings, cuffs, pockets. A foundation of skills, which would support higher level courses. Imagine being able to make your own clothing for those special occasions? Start your Sewing Bee journey with us at Sutton College.

Join our growing fashion department and learn the skills needed.

You will gain a qualification that you can choose to build on or continue to sew just because you enjoy it.

What will we cover?

This is a Level 1 Award with NCFE, where learners will have the opportunity to learn and explore new skills and techniques in a friendly learning environment. You will learn how to produce samples of techniques in different fabrics, gaining experience on how to treat different fabrics.

You will:

  • Make a garment
  • Explore design techniques
  • Be able to work safely and effectively using tools, equipment and materials.
  • Understand the characteristics of materials required to make a garment.
  • Be able to plan, prepare and sample materials.

What level is this course & what skills do I need?

No prior knowledge or qualifications are required. All are welcome from beginners to those who have some previous knowledge and wish to extend their skills in this area of work.

Homework includes practising different techniques, so access to a sewing machine is preferable. 

Learners will produce a portfolio to gain this qualification, which will include the ability to read and understand written tasks, and carry out basic costing calculations is also necessary. Learners must demonstrate a basic level of literacy and numeracy.

How do I enrol?

To be considered for a place on this course, you are required to complete an online course Assessment to ensure this course is suitable for you. 

You can make an application by clicking on ‘APPLY’ at the bottom of this page. If you do not already have a Sutton College online account you will need to create one first. On completion of your application you will receive further information via email.

Courses at Level 2 or below may be free if you are in work, live in a London Borough and earn under £25,642.50 or are in receipt of a means tested benefit and looking for work. 

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On this course, you will develop the following life skills:

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • English Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Confidence building
  • Social Wellbeing
  • Maths Skills
  • Digital Skills

Additional information

As this is a practical course, you will need to bring your own sewing kit, 

  • Scissors
  • Pins 
  • Needles
  • Thread 
  • Tape measure 
  • Patterns, fabric and notions
  • Paper and pen for notes
  • A4 folder & A4 punched pockets
  • 30cm ruler

Sewing machines and swatch fabrics are provided

What can I do after I have finished this course?

Fashion - Level 2 - Dresses (NCFE)

Fashion - Garment Making & Sewing - Saturday Workshops 

Any course enrichment opportunities associated with this class will be listed in your Google classroom.

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