Fashion & Textiles

This GCSE is a practical course which allows you to experiment creatively with fabrics and textile techniques, including fashion design/illustration, 3D textiles, print, embroidery and surface design. Learners progress through project based work where they will be encouraged to make individual responses.



What will I study?

Learners will work from a shared brief and will then develop individual responses. The course enables learners the freedom to explore and refine their interests and focus their skills. There will be opportunities for visiting art galleries and the possibility of taking part in artist in residence projects.


What skills will I develop?

Learners will develop their textiles handling skills as well as drawing and ICT skills. They will become confident in working with a range of fabric manipulation techniques. There will be opportunity to express themselves creatively and logically, investigating ideas in new and interesting ways. Learners will develop skills in time management, joined up thinking and team work.


What qualifications (if any) will I need to progress onto this course?

A real interest in textiles and fashion with a desire to be experimental and creative are essential.


What skills do I need to be successful?

You need to have basic drawing skills and an interest in working creatively. You need to be open minded and not afraid of trying new things.


How will this course be assessed?

The course is assessed in two parts. Firstly a coursework portfolio (containing more than 1 project). Secondly an externally set practical project which will be completed under examination conditions.


What other courses could I progress onto after completing?

This course will allow learners to progress to Post 16 (level 2 or 3) Art and Design courses. Learners could then continue on to degree level in art and design, fashion, textiles, interior design, surface design, graphic design, photography etc.


What careers can a qualification in this course lead to?

This may lead to a career in fashion design, textiles design, retail purchasing, art, media, teaching or a variety of other creative fields. Art and Design is seen as a valuable qualification across a broad range of unrelated sectors due to the creative thinking and problem solving skills set that it teaches.