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Level 4 Garment Technology for Fashion

Course Duration

1 year

Start Date

September 2022

Study Garment Technology on this one year, fully funded course which is the only diploma of its kind in the UK. You'll receive an unparalleled three week industry experience to help you succeed in employment after graduation.


Level 4 Garment Technology is taught two days per week in which you will study the entire life-cycle of a garment, starting from the initial development with Designers and Buyers, through to the fitting and testing process, and then into mass production. This course is extremely hands-on, which will give you plenty of opportunities to get creative.

What is Garment Technology, and what does a Garment Technologist do?

A Garment Technologist is responsible for ensuring that garments make it from concept all the way through to the shop floor. This requires working closely with designers and buyers. A Garment Tech is in charge of making sure the selected garment fits perfectly and that details are consistent through all sizes to ensure they reach the stores to the quality standards set by the retailers. Fabrics selected by designers need to be suitable for the styling and wash care requirements set by the retailers so that the styles are fit for purpose.

A Garment Technologist makes important decisions during the creation of a garment and holds key responsibilities such as:

  • Advising on the right fabrics to use
  • Suggesting changes to patterns and designs
  • Making sure manufacturing of a garment remains in budget
  • Overseeing fabric testing and fit sessions
  • Working with samples to balance designer’s/buyer’s vision with budget, fit and manufacturing needs

Garment Techs must be aware of current trends, budget and any manufacturing constraints. To excel in this role, good communication skills are essential as well as an eye for detail. For example, small details such as embroidery, trims and zips can affect fit and therefore need to be scaled for different sizes.

If you want to pursue a career in Garment Technology, this course will equip you with the skills required to do so. There is currently a shortage of Garment Technologists in the industry, meaning this course will provide you with great job prospects upon graduation.

Want to learn more about the day in the life of a Garment Technologist? Click here. Or find out more information about Garment Technology by clicking here.

History and Context of Fashion Retail - In this module, you will learn all about the history of fashion and the cultural factors which have shaped it through the years. Key influences, ideas and concepts will give you a well-rounded knowledge of fashion retail. Along the way, you will improve your critical thinking, analytical and academic writing skills.

Production Techniques – This invaluable unit will introduce you to some of the most important production techniques used by Garment Technologists today. You will learn to recognise the characteristics of different methods, and monitor production stages. The relationship between the Garment Technologist and Designing, and Buying and Merchandising teams is essential, so you will explore the functions and dynamics required. In addition, you will learn all about fit requirements, construction techniques and production processes. You will also be given an insight into how factories reach mass production volumes, and just how important relationships with these manufacturing factories are.

Quality Assurance – Quality assurance is essential for ensuring the consistency and integrity of every garment that goes into a store. In this unit, we will introduce you to quality assurance factors such as auditing and assessing factory skill sets, as well as the relationship between production and materials used for mass production. You will learn how to reduce wastage, and explore testing techniques. You will come to understand the unique characteristics of materials and the importance of product trials to create a smoother manufacturing process.

Product Development for Fashion Retailing – You will explore how digital processes are used by garment technologists within the fashion industry. The unit explores the close relationship between technical specification drawings, initial samples and the alterations and developments required to ensure the final product is fit for purpose. You will understand the importance of commercial design specifications and how digital technology is used to enhance productivity. External factors will be explored, such as the importance of customer profiling and market sector analysis. You will examine the critical path, how to work with design and buying teams to maximise product appeal and how to identify the suitability of factories for production. You will gain an insight into the design process and use this awareness to understand how digital technology has revolutionised the product development process.

Preparation for Progression in Fashion Retail – We’ll help you to identify, understand and pursue exciting opportunities when you graduate. On top of this, you’ll hone your teamwork and presentation skills, putting you head and shoulders above the competition.

A three week remote/blended experience that assigns you to an Industry Manager who will brief you on specific tasks.  This could be within one team or across multiple areas of the business. You will be expected to work independently with the support of your assigned manager. Working remotely and in some cases within the brand environment, you will gain an understanding of the specific role and wider fit within an organisation.

You will also have the chance to get involved in a fashion retail project set by a leading fashion brand. This is your opportunity to put all of the skills and knowledge you’ve gained during your studies to the test. You will negotiate the project yourself, and also learn to evaluate your efforts and present your work to industry on completion. Previous projects have included evaluating petite and plus size markets for River Island including reviewing competitors and suggesting potential brand ambassadors.

A Garment Technologist has wide-ranging and varied responsibilities. On any given day, you will be exploring and participating in many different aspects of the Garment Technology role. You will learn a variety of skills, involving looking at fabrications, creating technical drawings and patterns through to assessing fabric faults. You will also study garment defects, stitching, modifying garments for fit, fabric testing, factory procedures and audits.

In the course of your working week, you could be analysing bulk fabrics for weight and quality or checking test reports to ensure the garment meets wash care and safety requirements. You might examine different garment types to find defects, and use CAD software to give fit comments to the factories. You might finish your week by visiting a factory to look at garments, manufacturing processes and ethical sourcing, or by inspecting finished products in a warehouse.

This course is a direct route into industry as there is a shortage of Garment Technologists. On successful completion learners will develop the technical skills required to work as a Fabric Technologist, Assistant garment technologist, senior technologist or a Technical Assistant.

Previous graduating students have gone on to House of Fraser, New Look and ASOS.

Awarding Body: UAL

Qualification Title: Level 4 Diploma in Garment Technology for Fashion Retail

Start date: 6 September, 2021

Course duration: One year, two days per week

Entry Criteria: 1 A-level (or the equivalent Level 3 qualification) and 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English. If you have any non-UK qualifications, please provide us with an ENIC Statement of Comparability, as well as, the IELTS test for English language (our entry requirement is 5.5 overall and in all sections) if you have not studied in the UK or English speaking country.

If necessary, please contact IELTS prior to booking your test to confirm how they are testing during the current pandemic of COVID-19.

Assessment: The course is 100% coursework via termly assignments that measure a student’s knowledge and understanding.

Offers: After completing our online form, your application will be processed and you will receive the outcome by post and e-mail within 5-10 working days. If we decide you would benefit from an interview, we will contact you with an invite. Your offer will be based on your predicted grades and is only secure after enrolment.


Applications are processed in the order they are received and you may be required to attend an interview.

If you are 16-18 as of 31st August in the academic year of which your course starts and are a UK resident you will be eligible for full fee remission and do not have to pay any tuition fees.

If you are 19 or over at the start of your course your fees are £4220 per annum. For a full list of course fees please visit our Fees Page. Advanced Learning Loans are available for anyone aged 19 or over. 

Please note that there is a course materials contribution of £99 per year for all students.

Disclaimer on fees: Tuition fees are subject to change - the fees due are effective at enrolment.

Induction Week: 29 August - 2 September, 2022

Start Date: 5 September, 2022

Half Term: 24-28 October, 2022

Christmas Holiday: 19 December, 2022 - 6 January, 2023

Easter Holiday: 3-14 April, 2023

End of Term: 16 June, 2023


*Term Dates are subject to change.

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Meet The Tutor

Meet The Tutor

Scott Massey, L4 Garment Technology Group Lead


Having studied Fashion Design at Southampton Solent University, Scott has had a broad fashion career, with roles spanning Design, Visual Merchandising, Retail Management, and Garment Technology. As well as running his own small label, Scott has worked with multiple brands, including Boden, John Lewis, and Marks & Spencer, and now teaches across two courses; Level 4 Garment Technology and Level 3 Fashion Design.

Scott is particularly passionate about Sustainability, and aims to pass that eco-minded way of working onto his students: “I’m as interested in the technical ‘why’ and ‘how’ of fashion as the creative ‘what’; customers are rightly starting to demand that the brands they buy from be Ethical and Sustainable, so it’s imperative that we send our students into industry with the knowledge and skills to be able to react to this. We’re going through a huge shift in our relationship with our wardrobes, so it’s an incredibly exciting time to be nurturing talent into industry”.



India Sales, Graduated 2017, L4 Garment Technology, Product Development Assistant at Karen Millen.


"Through my work placement at the FRA I secured a role with Karen Millen as a Product Development Assistant, which I am loving!  If I have anything to say about my time at FRA it is that it has taught me valuable lessons aside from the technical skills; to be confident in my abilities, to network and to focus on the things I love to do!"

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Meet the Garment Technologist

Meet the Garment Technologist

Lucinda Hagan, Junior Garment Technologist, River Island.


"I love being a Garment Technologist as I love experimenting with different fabrics and cuts and enjoy working closely with our buying and design teams! Personally I feel a garment technologist must have clear communication skills and a keen eye to problem solve efficiently. Working in a fast paced environment teaches you how to meet deadlines, prioritise and build a professional etiquette with both internal and external colleagues. Working as a garment technologist alongside buyers and designers enables you to acquire a recognisable skill-set desired by most fashion retailers.