City & Guilds Qualifications

The School of Sewing is delighted to able to offer a City & Guilds qualification, 7716, Level 2 in either Fashion, Tailoring, Lingerie or Corsetry.

Unfortunately this will be the final year we are able to offer the 7716 City & Guilds qualification as Ofqual have decided to discontinue it. From 2018 we hope we will be able to offer a similar qualification, but it may be modular and at the present time we have no further details.

We only take a limited number of students per year and access onto this course is via the application form, and then you may also be asked to attend for an interview. We do, however give priority to students who have previously attended one of our workshops. Closing date for application is Friday 14 October 2016.

The course starts in January 2017 and finishes early December 2017 with students attending a minimum of 22 sessions, which will be on Monday, all day from 10am to 4pm.


A City & Guilds qualification for 2017 will cost 3400.00 per subject area. This fee covers all your tuition, enrolment fee, log book, verification, certification etc. Students will have to supply fabrics, paper patterns, text books and folders, paper etc.

As space is limited, early application is recommended, with interviews taking place late September / early October. Successful students will be notified as soon as possible, after their interview.

The Options

You must choose one of the following subject areas to study.

  • Fashion 7716 - 32
  • Tailoring 7716 - 44
  • Lingerie 7716 - 46
  • Corsetry 7716 - 49

Each subject is divided into two units:
Unit 1 Design for Craft
Unit 2 Craft, ie Fashion, Tailoring, Lingerie or Corsetry.

Both units have to be taken and passed.

Unit 1

This unit is the same across all the Level 2 Design & Craft disciplines. The first two workshops in January cover and complete this unit.

Unit 2

Unit 2. This unit covers the area you wish to study. You will have to produce a series of garments and folders all of which will be assessed both internally and externally. The type of garment you will produce are listed below:


  • A top, a skirt, simple trousers, a waistcoat, a petticoat and a dress.


  • A lined jacket with a two piece sleeve, a skirt, trousers and a waistcoat.


  • A slip or camisole, knickers, nightdress, pyjamas.


  • A strapless bra, a cupped corset and a waspie.

You also need to produce the following folders:

Folder 1 –Unit 1 Colour, shape, line & texture.

Folder 2 – Unit  2 Fibres and Fabrics.

Folder 3 – Unit 2 Techniques.

Folder 4 – Unit 2 Research, museum visits etc.

Folder 5 – Unit 2 your design brief and details of the garments you are submitting for assessment.

Plus a sketch book / scrap book of ideas.

More specific information can be found on the City & Guilds web site.

For full details, dates and booking information please download our City & Guilds 2017 brochure, or alternatively contact us on 01530 416300 or email


City and Guilds Tailoring

City and Guilds Corsetry

City and Guilds Tailoring Jacket