HNC Fashion Technology and Manufacture with Design candidate information

HND Fashion Technology and Manufacture with Design

The HNC 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 skills you will develop include planning and organisational skills, measuring, costing, and basic craft skills in sewing, finishing, pattern development, garment cutting, grading and hand tailoring. You will also develop your skills in communication, presentation, design, research and analysis.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

On completing the HNC you could expect to gain employment at a junior or trainee level: as a Garment Technologist, assisting with garment development or production; in Fashion Buying or Sourcing, identifying possible providers of fabrics and trimmings; in Quality Assurance, developing and helping to maintain quality standards; as a Management Trainee, in operational, production or administrative areas; as a Pattern Cutter, assisting with the development of patterns for various garments.

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 HNC 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 Units.


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.