Fashion & Textiles

Head of Vocational Studies
Ms M Turrell


This creative and thought-provoking qualification builds on the experience of GCSE Fashion & Textiles and gives you the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put your learning into practice by producing a prototype of your choice. You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.


Design influences - how key historical design styles, design movements and influential designers that helped to shape fashion and textile design and manufacture. Design styles and movements.

Key design styles and movements and their principles of design, including: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Pop-art, Minimalism and Punk.

Designers and their work. The work of influential designers and how their work represents the principles of different design movements

including: Paul Poiret, Chanel, Dior, Mary Quant, Yves St Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Vivienne Westwood and McQueen.

How technology and cultural changes can Impact on the work of designers:

How major developments in technology are shaping product design and manufacture. The stages of the product life cycle including social, moral and ethical issues.


• Materials.

• Methods of joining fabrics and use of components.

• The use of fastenings, trims, components and appropriateness for a range of products.

• Interfacings, underlinings, linings, interlinings, fabric finishes and enhancement of materials.

• Computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM).

• Health and safety.

• Protecting designs and intellectual property.

• Design for manufacturing, maintenance, repair and disposal.

• Care and maintenance of products.

• Fashion cycles.

• Design communication.


5 grade 9-4’s GCSE or equivalent plus English at grade 4.