If you are passionate about fashion and textiles, enjoy being creative and imaginative, then studying this course will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to start a career in the fashion industry.

Students will have the opportunity to work on industry style design briefs to explore designing, fabric manipulation and development, fashion designing and manufacturing final garments and accessories. 

Key Stage 4

Textiles is an exciting area of technology in which students are encouraged to develop their practical skills as well as their individuality and creativity.  

The early part of Year 10 is dedicated to students improving their knowledge and practical skills through two projects: decorative skills and fashion construction skills.  This will prepare students for the controlled assessment which is worth 60% and for the final exam.

The controlled assessment consists of two units.  Students will demonstrate different fashion and textile skills through made outcomes and a portfolio for unit 1.  During unit 2 students will undertake an extended making project showing skills in planning and development, making, testing and evaluation.

The department has a wide range of equipment including computerised sewing machines, embellishers and sublimation printing facilities.  The Laser cutter and 3d printer bring the subject into the 21st century, with the use of smart materials to enhance designs.

At all stages of this course, students are taught traditional skills and innovative techniques for improving their practical knowledge and manufacturing skills.

Method of Assessment

Unit 1: Skills demonstration 30%

Unit 2: Extending making project 30%

Unit 3: Fundamentals of fashion and textiles 40%

Pathways after Year 11

St Edward's offers a BTEC Level 3 in Fashion and Clothing.  This also leads to many vocational opportunities in retail and Further Education courses in many Fashion and Textiles subject areas.  This can lead onto many jobs such as stylist, interior designer, costumer designer for films, pattern cutter, manufacturing etc.

Course contact

Mrs Kathryn D'Arcy

Subject Leader Technology