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    Hey, I don't know where to put this thread so I put it in the student accommodation sub section, haha. So right now I'm 14 (15 on 30th June) but next year I will be applying for college and I know some people are saying that its too early but I rather be prepared early then leave it last minute like some people from my school that left last year.

    Anyway I live in Leeds with my mum and I've been looking at what college I should apply for. When I'm older I am looking to be in the fashion market so I've been aiming to look for fashion courses.. in Leeds. Which I haven't found My friend told me about this college in Manchester (Tameside College) where they do BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing. I'm now fixed on this and I don't want to do any other course!

    The problem is since I live in Leeds and the college is in Manchester, do you think I can get out a maintenance loan & grant out in my mums name as I will still be too young to have any credit history, and find a flat? Or is this just too good to be true?:confused: I really want to do this course and I just don't know what to do anymore as im so far and I know if I was to get train every morning I would be so tired out, I would probably miss days :eek: Can anybody help me out?!

    P.S This is if I do get 5 GCSE's C or above *fingers crossed*
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    So you want to get your own flat at 16?

    How can there not be any fashion courses in Leeds? That's ridiculous

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    To me, that sounds like a long way to travel. Seeing as it's not the only way to get into that area of work, I would not recommend it as the first option. There must be easier routes.

    My advice would be to look at universities and work out which places do your course... You can use ucas.ac.uk for this, and then go onto the actual university websites and find the complete course details. It will tell you the admissions information and you can plan what you actually need to do to get in.


    From a quick look, many just require general subjects in that area (fashion, design, art, textiles, media, etc) and then enough GCSEs to go alongside it. The major point seems to be the portfolio work... From what I can tell (I know a friend at London College of Fashion and one who graduated from Central Saint Martins) it's really the portfolio work where you will excel as you'll likely go for an interview for the course.


    I'd just thoroughly research the options closer to home before you think about going out anywhere. Having more A-levels may prove to be more useful as you have more of a portfolio to build up (different talents in different areas) and you'll have something to fall back onto if you decide you want a change in direction. So have a look at Ucas and see which course you fancy and what the requirements are. See if colleges in your local area can provide the required subjects.
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    (Original post by cheesestav)
    Hey, I don't know where to put this thread so I put it in the student accommodation sub section, haha. So right now I'm 14 (15 on 30th June) but next year I will be applying for college and I know some people are saying that its too early but I rather be prepared early then leave it last minute like some people from my school that left last year.

    Anyway I live in Leeds with my mum and I've been looking at what college I should apply for. When I'm older I am looking to be in the fashion market so I've been aiming to look for fashion courses.. in Leeds. Which I haven't found My friend told me about this college in Manchester (Tameside College) where they do BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing. I'm now fixed on this and I don't want to do any other course!

    The problem is since I live in Leeds and the college is in Manchester, do you think I can get out a maintenance loan & grant out in my mums name as I will still be too young to have any credit history, and find a flat? Or is this just too good to be true?:confused: I really want to do this course and I just don't know what to do anymore as im so far and I know if I was to get train every morning I would be so tired out, I would probably miss days :eek: Can anybody help me out?!

    P.S This is if I do get 5 GCSE's C or above *fingers crossed*
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    How about doing a diploma in art and design, specialising in fashion?

    An art and design diploma is also a common route in to art related courses at uni (from what I can make out... my fiance did fine art and nearly everyone on the course had done a diploma beforehand).

    http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/home/our-...in-art-design/

    Also, if you are talking about student loans then no, your mum won't be able to claim on on your behalf.

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    You can't get student finance for any qualification at level 3 or below. The only financial help available is the 16-19 bursary.

    With regards to what qualifications you should be doing, then going to Tameside really isn't practical. It's also incredibly rough - there's no way I'd feel safe living there as a 21yo, never mine as a 16yo. Not that any landlord would actually take you on.

    Have a look on the websites of various unis that do your course, and see what subjects they require. Don't forget that you can do A Level in fashion, but it's called Textiles. You could combine that with Art and one or two other subjects and you'd be able to get into uni that way.

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