Introduction to Sewing

Certificate • Level 1

Introduction to Sewing

Certificate • Level 1

Type of LearningAdult Learning

Course CodeA5472

Study ModePart Time

DurationThis course lasts for 15 weeks.

Awarded ByThis technical and vocational and education course is awarded by NCFE

Location ByBurnley College

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About the course

This introductory course is designed to teach the sewing novice to use a sewing machine effectively by creating a selection of sewn craftwork pieces. Students with some previous knowledge are welcome to join for a recap. This short but intensive course consists of 3 separate individual courses, increasingly more challenging, which will provide the opportunity of learning how to thread and prepare your sewing machine effectively and will explore a wide selection of hand and machine sewing techniques including applique, embroidery, attaching a pocket and refining several different seam constructions. You will use a variety of materials related to sewing including fabrics, zippers, interfacings and several types of cloth. The complexity of these techniques will progress to allow you to both design and create a selection of sewn items, during this 15-week course. Once completed you can further extend your learning by progressing to the pre-advanced L1 Beginners Dressmaking and Sewing course.

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Entry requirements

No qualifications are required but there is a requirement for attendance to all lessons to ensure positive achievement. There is also an expectation that you have some sewing experience and can effectively use a sewing machine. Completion of the previous Introduction to Sewing course allows automatic access to this level 1 course.


NCFE Entry Level 3 Award in Creative Craft NCFE Entry Level 2 Award in Creative Craft NCFE Entry Level 1 Award in Creative Craft


The course is formally assessed throughout and there will be summative assessment at the end of the 15 weeks. The result is a Pass or Fail though anyone who attends all the lessons is unlikely to fail. There is some written work and personal evaluations within the course and these are formally assessed as they are produced. Activity sheets are available for the students to record their learning throughout each of the units. These forms are available from the NCFE website and are also used in the final assessments.

Careers & Progression

Most of the students from this course progress into the Level 1 course and then onto the Level 2 the following year which is a full one-year course. This provides the option to develop skills and knowledge in sewing, pattern and fabric use.

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Equipment Supplied

In the fashion studio we have domestic sewing machines as well as industrial lockstitch machines and over lockers.

Extra curricular activities

This course is also about teamwork and camaraderie and many students go on together as a group to take further additional levels of courses through to the level 2 and 3. There is also the opportunity to present your garments in our end of year fashion show as well as the option of joining our day trips, such as the Knit and Stitch Show or the Clothes Show.

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