HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture with Design candidate information

HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture with Design

The HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture with Design is a flexible and wide-ranging preparation for employment in the fashion industry or for progression to further study at university.

The practical skills you will develop include: designing, researching, budgeting, and costing for complex projects and higher-order craft skills in machine sewing, finishing, pattern development, garment cutting, grading and hand tailoring. You will also enhance your transferable skills, such as communication and presentation, and the planning, organising and analysing skills needed for managing complex projects.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

On completing the HND you could expect to gain employment at a higher junior or senior level: as a Garment Technologist, operating from a central department overseeing offshore production; in fashion buying and sourcing, dealing with various suppliers of garments and trimmings; in quality assurance, establishing and maintaining quality standards; as a management trainee in areas such as bulk cutting and garment manufacture; as a pattern cutter, developing and making patterns for garment ranges.

You may want to use your new-found skills to start up you own small business enterprise. With the wide range of practical skills that are included in the award you may be able to open up your own small business in one of these specialist areas: bridal and evening wear; ladies’ and men’s made to measure fashions; soft furnishings; dance and club wear; garment alterations.

If you are already employed in the industry, the HND may be a way of enhancing your existing industrial skills. SQA’s range of Professional Development Awards (PDAs) in Fashion, Design and Textiles awards are made up of the Units in the HNC and HND, and could be suitable for continuing professional development.

If you are interested in going on o further study, you should investigate articulation possibilities with your preferred Higher Education Institution (HEI) and course tutors prior to choosing your optional.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • a National Qualification in Clothing or Fashion Technology at SCQF level 5 or 6 or a related area
  • work experience in the Fashion Technology or related industry.
  • evidence of a natural aptitude in the area of Fashion Technology

Direct entry to the HNC could be offered if you are applying with equivalent qualifications from other countries, as long as the competences can be identified and are appropriate and relevant to the course.