Harris Tweed NPA

What is special about this course?

Do you have an interest in the Harris Tweed industry, fashion or textiles design?  This course offers the opportunity to explore your creative side through a range of specially delivered units of study that prepare you for progression into a creative discipline of your choice.  You will explore:

The history of Harris Tweed, one of the last indigenous cloths.

Design ideas, draft, warp and weave your own tweed.

Visit mills and weavers who work on the cloth.

Engage in trouble shooting sessions on both the single and double width looms.

Study the marketing of tweed items and make your own product with sessions on selling and pricing.

Entry requirements

There are no specific access requirements for the National Progression Award in Harris Tweed and entry is at the discretion of the centre. Candidates would normally be expected to have attained one of the following, or equivalent: a course or its component units at Intermediate 1 (SCQF level 4) in a relevant subject area such as fashion and textiles, product design, art and design and/or technologies; Standard Grade at General level in a relevant subject area; Core Skills in communication and problem solving at SCQF level 4. The National Progression Award would also be suitable for adult returners. Any candidates would be expected to demonstrate appropriate prior experience.

3 credits over 4 modules:

Harris Tweed: An Introduction to the Industry (0.5)

Harris Tweed: An Introduction to Weaving and Production Techniques (1)

Harris Tweed: An Introduction to Product Design and Make (1)

Harris Tweed: An Introduction to Markets and Promotional Methods (0.5)

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Face to face.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

September to May, 2 hours a week with 2 full day visits to the mills and weavers.

Both morning and evening classes are available.

Where can I study my course?

    • Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway
    • Employers Premises

Start date

3 September 2018



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study opportunities

NC in Fashion design and manufacturing

HNC/D in Textiles

Career opportunities

The popularity and versatility of Harris Tweed means that there are many vocational opportunities within the industry. These opportunities are constantly expanding. The National Progression Award for Harris Tweed will raise awareness of the career opportunities available and prepare candidates to undertake further study/training which could then lead to a range of employment opportunities within the Harris Tweed or textile sectors. Employment opportunities could include becoming a weaver, mill worker, designer, tailor or retailer.

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Apply for Harris Tweed NPA

Please contact admissions for further information on applying for this course on:

01851 770202

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Lews Castle College UHI. Lews Castle College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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