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      Textiles Technology

      This subject is part of the Design and Technology faculty which encompasses a variety of disciplines all providing exciting opportunities for our students. This enables them to gain vital skills, knowledge and understanding that will not only equip them for forthcoming examinations but also life beyond the classroom

      Year 9

      In technology, students will have the opportunity to experience two subject areas throughout year 9. Due to recent changes in Design and Technology and increased content at GCSE, the importance to prepare students for years 10 and 11 is greater than ever. Our intention is to teach content from our KS4 technology specifications, which will give our students a realistic experience of what it would be like to take a technology subject as an option in years 10 and 11. We would like to give our students the opportunity to choose two subject areas they would prefer to focus on though out the year. The three subject areas to choose from are;

      • Fashion and Textiles
      • Product Design – (Resistant Materials Technology)
      • Food and Nutrition

      The textiles module is a colour project that involves learning and practically carrying out batik, tie and dye, stencil, and oil bars. Students will construct a technical folder that consists of decorative processes and construction techniques. Students will have the opportunity to make a simple garment or textile product

      Year 10 and 11

      Year 10


      Technical Award in Fashion & Textile Technology

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA, Syllabus (Draft 3720)

      Assessment Route

      Unit 1 – Skills Demonstration (internally assessed) 30%

      Unit 2 – Extended Project (internally assessed) 30%

      Unit 3 – Fundamentals of Fashion & Textiles (1 hour 30 min exam) 40%

      Who is this Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles for?

      This qualification is designed for 14–16 year olds who want to study fashion and textiles in a hands on, practical way that helps them develop the knowledge, skills and experience that could open the door to a career in the industry.  This vocational qualification fulfills entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16.

      What will learners study?

      Learners complete three mandatory units across 120 guided learning hours.

      ·         Unit 1: Skills demonstration (internally assessed)

      Learners will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate their competence in the 12 core skills. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork and one of the mini projects should allow for this. Learners will produce a series of small made outcomes and record their work in a portfolio of no more than 15 pages.

      ·         Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed)

      Learners will undertake an extended project that showcases the skills they have developed in Unit 1 and knowledge they have developed through Unit 3.  The project will require learners to respond to a brief and will see learners develop skills in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.

      ·         Unit 3: Fundamentals of fashion and textiles (externally assessed)

      Learners will study the fundamentals of the fashion and textiles industry and the industrial and commercial processes that exist within it. They will learn about materials and their properties and also about possible careers within the industry.

      Year 11


      GCSE Textile Technology

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA 4572

      Assessment Route

      Unit 1 Written Paper – 2 hours – 120 marks – 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections Pre-release material issued for the design question Unit 2 Controlled Assessment – Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60% Consists a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks


      Textile Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

       Candidates will be taught to:

      • have a working knowledge of the basic composition, physical and aesthetic characteristics of a range of different fibres to include: natural fibres (cotton and wool), regenerated fibres (viscose), synthetic fibres (polyester and elastomeric);
      • have a working knowledge of combination, construction and use of textiles fibres and fabrics;
      • understand the need to combine fibres, to include polyester/cotton and combinations including elastomerics;
      • investigate woven fabrics (plain weave, twill weave and satin weave), knitted fabrics and one non-woven fabric. Through disassembly investigate how they are constructed. Know that modern microfibres can be used to construct woven, knitted, laminated and micro-encapsulated ‘Smart’ fabrics;
      • be aware of technological advances in textiles materials and their use in a wide range of industries;
      • assess and evaluate the working properties of fibres and fabrics and how they can impact on fabric choices for products. Be aware of the use of manufacturers’ fabric specifications to select fabrics, and how manufacturing techniques and processes can influence fabric choices. Product maintenance, suitability and fitness for purpose
      • know and design for the maintenance needs of textile products including typical/popular fabrics made from them and implement current textile labelling, including statutory legislation;
      • understand the factors which constitute suitability/ fitness for purpose, i.e. wearability, warmth, comfort, absorbency, durability, after care, safety, flammability, stain resistance, aesthetic qualities.
      • Finishing Processes Dyeing and printing
      • have a knowledge and understanding of one basic commercial method and one hand method of dyeing and printing fabric. Decoration and enhancement • select and know how to use a variety of appropriate surface decorative techniques in order to improve the aesthetic qualities of textiles, fabrics and products. 
      Year 12 and 13

      Due to lack of student numbers, we are currently not running any KS5 courses in Fashion and Textiles. This position is reviewed on an annual basis.