Design Technology: Fashion and Textiles

Year 7

Year 7 pupils will learn to safely use the sewing machines and small textile equipment with safety, accuracy and efficiency.  They will construct a tote bag, using a range of techniques and equipment.

Areas of study include:

  • Fabric layout and cutting 
  • Origins of fibres and basic properties 
  • Seams, hems and top stitching
  • Health and safety 
  • The use of the sewing machine to include accurate usage

Year 8

In Year 8, the emphasis is using a range of decorative techniques to create an original and exciting cushion cover within a set theme.  Students will use designing and making skills using a wide range of fabric tools and processes.

Areas of study include:

  • Using a brief design to a cushion cover that incorporates a designated theme and address the needs of the end user
  • Fabric decoration techniques – machine appliqué, hand embroidery, beading and stencilling
  • Construction
  • Equipment, tools and their safe use – irons, scalpels etc.
  • Evaluation of their product against the original brief

Year 9

Year 9 pupils will learn to use a brief to guide their designing. They will be encouraged to combine both the decorative techniques and sewing skills developed in previous years to produce shorts. They will develop market research skills and pattern cutting along with history of fashion and fashion illustration, which are new areas of study. 

Areas of study include:

  • Mock-ups and toiles
  • Pattern making 
  • Bias binding, inserting elastic and quilting etc.
  • Gathering and selecting appropriate information to guide the design brief 
  • Fabric testing for quality control
  • History of fashion and fashion illustration

Key Stage 4 (AS Level)

AQA AS Level Fashion and Textiles
 

This is a two-year course where students learn to create a portfolio and see the design process through from start to finish. They will also study the theory related to this subject which covers topics such as fibres and fabrics, industrial manufacturing and product analysis. Students will develop their sewing skills by learning to use a commercial pattern and adapting these to achieve their own designs.  Year 11 pupils will complete a major design and make a project which comprises 50% of the final examination mark.

Course Details

  • The A2 course consists of 3 sections: Technical Principles, Design and Making Principles and Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)
  • Examination Paper - Technical Prinicples (1.5hr paper, 80 marks, 50% of the final mark)
  • NEA - Design and Make Project (80 marks, 50% of the final mark). The context is set by AQA and is released on the 1st of June. The girls use research to draw upon ideas before testing out the ideas and producing a final piece.

Assessment

The examination paper is externally marked by AQA. NEA is internally marked and then externally moderated by AQA.

Key Stage 5 (A Level)

Course Aims

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in creative industries.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing a prototype of their choice.

Girls will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course Details

  • The A2 course consists of 3 sections: Technical Principles, Design and Making Principles and Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)
  • Paper 1 - Technical Principles (2hr paper, 120 marks, 30% of the final mark)
  • Paper 2 - Design and Making Principles (1.5hr paper, 80 marks, 20% of the final mark)
  • NEA - Non-examined Assessment (50% of the final mark). This is a substantial design and make project of the candidates' own choice with a final practical prototype. The pupil uses research to draw upon ideas before testing out the ideas and producing a final piece.

Assessment

Papers 1 and 2 are externally marked by AQA. NEA is internally marked and then externally moderated by AQA.

Entry Requirements

  • C+ or above at AS Level
  • Grade 6 or above at GCSE level - Grade 5 may be acceptable but will require students of a postive attitude. Organisation and presentation skills need to be of a high level in order to sustain the level of content and comprehension required.

Progression to A2 is contingent on achieving the above mentioned criteria. Behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.

Teaching Approach

There will be a wide variety of methods used.  Coursework will follow a similar approach to the GCSE course and AS Level courses will be project based.  Students will be able to choose a topic for their coursework that appeals to them.  Projects could involve fashion design, interior design or for a range of other uses.  Practical work of a high standard will be encouraged.  Students will make use of a wide range of research skills and use ICT for both designing and presenting work.  Computer aided design and manufacture is an essential element of this course.  The work of designers and the manufacture of items in the textile and fashion industry will be studied.

Careers

Employment opportunities in the Fashion and Textile industry are wide and varied.  There have been considerable advances in the development of fibres and fabrics in recent years.  Fabric technologists may work in the production of innovative products for a wide variety of uses.  Careers involving fashion and textile design include opportunities such as couture, high street fashion, interiors, textile arts, retail management and fashion buyer.  The subject involves a range of project management skills that would be useful in business, education, project management, and retail/careers.

Support Subjects

Textiles can be combined with many other subjects including Art, Business, Chemistry, Drama, English, Geography and History.

 
Cushion Designs Created by Year 8