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Fashion & Textiles

Why study Fashion and Textiles?

Fashion and Textiles inspires students to solve design problems, and in doing so they gain an in depth knowledge of what constitutes both the function and aesthetics of a Fashion garment or Textile product.

This course provides students with an understanding of the economic, social, aesthetic and political issues of the day and how these affect Textile products and Fashion trends.

Career Prospects: Fashion Buyer; Fashion Journalist; Garment Technologist; Fashion Designer; Trend Predictor; Style Consultant; Fashion Illustrator; Stylist; Interior Designer; Print Designer, Pattern Cutter,

Extension and Enrichment Opportunities: Visits to exhibitions and places of industrial interest are vital to the understanding of product design.  Many links exist between our department and outside agencies and professional help is often sought for project work involving state of the art industrial processes.

At A level this course provides students with a level of knowledge equivalent to first year degree level. This means that the vast majority of our students have been accepted directly into the top Fashion courses in the UK.

AS level is just the beginning……

What are the Entry Requirements?

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Design and Technology, or Grade 5 above in Art.  We will accept students without either if they show promise. Candidates will need to have a good understanding of the theory side of GCSE Textiles, and Science is very helpful. Must be able to use a sewing machine.  Students must have a good understanding of Maths to access the mathematical parts of the exam paper.

Students require a D grade in their end of year exam to progress from Year 12 to Year 13.

Timetable Organisation?

Textiles lessons are taught by a pair of teachers who cover the lessons between them in 5 lessons per week.  All students will also have one hour of directed study time each week. 

What else is required?

You need to enjoy coursework and the success of creating useful and beautiful pieces of design.  Sketching and construction skills are important and numeracy skills are essential.  A good understanding of science is also helpful.

What other subjects link well?

An excellent complement to Arts, Sciences and Business related subjects.  These subjects can be studied both as a means of developing a whole range of transferable skills or as a distinct route to the professions mentioned below.

Exam Board


How will I be assessed?

AS Level

1 written exam paper of 1 ½ hours which counts towards 50% of AS mark plus NEA (Non Exam Assessment-coursework) worth 50% of AS Mark

Design brief and content to be set by AQA

A Level

Paper 1  Technical Principles 2 1/2 hours

Paper 2 Designing and Making Principles 1 ½ hours

NEA (Non Exam Assessment-coursework) worth 50% of A Level mark

To be produced as a portfolio of written or digital evidence, of a product of your choosing.

AS Level 
What will i study at AS level?

AS Specification Content:

  • The properties of fibres and fabrics
  • Components and trimmings
  • Testing of fibres and fabrics
  • Target markets and  the marketing of Fashion products
  • Ergonomics and anthropometrics
  • Product Analysis
  • Fashion illustration and communication
  • Health and Safety
  • History of Fashion and History of Design
  • An understanding of how socio-economic trends, such as music or film impact on Fashion and Design
  • Application of colour
  • E-Textiles and Smart materials
  • Product Analysis
  • Mathematics and costing
  • Sustainability and the environmental and social impact of textiles 
A Level 
What will i study at A level? 
  • Testing of Textile Products
  • Further design and illustration methods
  • Use and representation of data
  • Efficient use of materials and waste minimisation
  • Health and Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Copyright and Patent
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Fashion cycles
  • Designers and design movements from 20 and 21st century
  • Fashion and trends
  • Product analysis
  • Accuracy and the use of mathematics in industry
  • The work of BSI and ESO
  • Yarn production
  • Knitted fabrics and garments
  • Blending of fibres
  • Construction methods
  • Fastenings
  • Weaves
  • Finishes
  • Technical and smart textiles
  • Production methods
  • Pattern drafting and prototypes