Fashion and Textiles

Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

The course is designed to take a broad view of textile design and technology. It gives students the opportunity to experience a wide variety of practical skills including pattern drafting, construction methods and decorative techniques. Students will learn about design methodology and the role of the designer, as well as gaining an understanding of industrial and commercial practices. There is an opportunity to study fabrics in detail looking at working properties, physical properties, cost and availability, all of which influence the designer’s choice.

All students will be encouraged to be creative, original and dynamic!

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

Students who study this course will need to have a keen interest in fashion and textile design and a desire to develop design and manufacturing skills.

Students will also need to have good written communication skills and be able to learn and retain substantial amounts of detail and recall it accurately in the exam.

Course Breakdown

This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge in two categories, technical principles and designing and making. Students study product development which will allow them to be able to makes fashion and textile products suitable for a wide variety of wants and needs of the customer.
The course allows for development in illustration, modelling, planning and evaluation.
Examples of practical techniques covered are hand and machine embroidery, dye and print work, fabric manipulation, using a commercial pattern, pattern adaptation, correct use of textile equipment and making a toile.
An in depth study of fibres and fabrics is essential. You will learn about various fibres and fabrics and their origins, trade names, performance characteristics.
Knowledge of the textile industry and methods of manufacture will also be studied.

How is the Course Assessed?

External Examination
Consisting of 2 papers (maths and science contributes 15%)

Non-Examination Assessment
Students will undertake a substantial design and make task and produce a final prototype. The context of the task will be determined by the student.

Fashion and Textiles Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mrs B Ryan