What will be studied?
This is a Level 2 technical award designed to be practical and focused on developing the core skills needed to design and make textile products. It is equivalent to a GCSE qualification. Students will also develop an understanding of the working properties of materials and commercial and industrial practices within the fashion industry.
In Year 10 students will complete Unit 1 which involves the completion of a range of small skills based projects and producing a portfolio. In Year 11 they will complete Unit 2 which involves following a brief to make a final outcome. A range of topics will be studied including:
- Surface decoration
- Fabric Manipulation
- Joining Fabrics
- Applying fastenings and components
- Inserting collars, sleeves and pockets
- How to use a commercial pattern
- Fashion drawing skills
In Year 11 students have more freedom when making their final piece, although it is based on the skills developed in year 10. A folder illustrating the development of this work is also submitted.
Who will this course suit?
Students choosing the course should enjoy creating and making textile products. They should have an eye for detail and enjoy sewing.
There will be opportunities to study Fashion and Textiles in a practical and imaginative way, developing the skills learnt during KS3.
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|QAN||QN: 600/5502/9: WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Creative and Media|
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How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed through a skills portfolio, final project and an externally assessed exam unit.
The skills portfolio will demonstrate a wide range of techniques and processes, showing samples and how they can be developed.
The final project is a research and skill based unit, to which students will work to create products for a specified brief.
The exam will allow students to combine their knowledge of different processes and techniques alongside the design process to plan a response to a set task.
What will this qualification lead to?
The Textile industry is one of the biggest growth areas for jobs in the UK. There is becoming a real shortage of creative people as well as skilled workers in manufacturing. This course will allow you to develop the necessary core skills to work in the textile industry. As well as this it will also provide you with the confidence and skills to take on your own personal projects at home. Students will be able to continue their studies in the Sixth Form where we offer a Fashion and Textiles A-level. In addition this course will provide an excellent foundation for individuals wanting to pursue a range of careers in the textiles industry such as fabric technologist, fashion buyer, fashion marketing, fashion designer, interior designer, costume designer, sportswear designer, colour chemist and fashion journalism.