Textiles Curriculum Overview

In Year 7 students are introduced to Textiles, their functions and properties.  Students learn the skills required to investigate, design, make and evaluate a Felt toy for a young child. 

In Year 8 students are encouraged to experiment with different methods of adding colour and designs to fabric.  They are given a design brief to design and make a cushion to be sold in the National Trust gift shop. This project focuses on how to embellish, decorate and construct textiles using both hand and machine methods.  Students are introduced to wider issues such as the impact of textile production on the environment.

In Year 9 Students complete a mini GCSE project to prepare them for Year 10 and 11 Textiles.  The students focus on developing their ideas in new and exciting ways and learn higher level construction skills with a focus on planning and quality control.


Course Title:  Level 1 / 2 Award Fashion and Textiles

Awarding Body: AQA

Why study Fashion and Textiles?

This level 1/2 Award is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical as well as theoretical learning. The award is tailored towards students who are considering a specific career in the creative sector. The qualification fulfils entry requirements for academic and vocational study at post-16, and will count as equivalent to one GCSE. This qualification is designed for students 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.

Course Outline

Learners complete three mandatory units.

Unit 1: Skills Demonstration (internally assessed).

Learners will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate their competence in the 8 core skills. As part of this learners will draw on knowledge of the relevant techniques and how to select the most appropriate for the project they are undertaking. 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 the knowledge they have developed through Unit 3. Learners will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in planning and development, making, testing, and 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.

More information and the full syllabus can be found at:


Assessment Format

AQA Level 1 / 2 Award Fashion and Textiles (3720)

 Assessment Objectives:

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content - 40%

AO2: Demonstrate skills by applying knowledge and understanding to practical activities - 40%

AO3: Analyse and evaluate performance, data and information and draw conclusions - 20%

Level 2 Distinction *

Level 2 Distinction

Level 2 Merit

Level 2 Pass

Level 1 Advanced credit

Level 1 Pass

What skills will I need to be successful in this subject?

It is important that you have a passion for the subject and a desire to know more about Fashion and Textiles production and the issues surrounding this.  Other useful attributes include: decision making; reading and interpreting; awareness of the importance of costing; safety and the environment; the perseverance to produce high quality outcomes.

You will be expected to: work collaboratively and independently; visit exhibitions; and research, take risks and reflect on your practice.

Possible Careers and Future Education

This Level 1/2 Award in Fashion and Textiles gives learners a whole host of technical, transferable skills, including communication and teamwork.  Upon completion, learners can progress to Technical Certificates and other Level 3 vocational qualifications such as BTEC Extended Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles or A-level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles. Careers and job roles could include; Fashion Designer, Pattern Designer and Grader, Garment Technologist/Product Developer, Sample Machinist, Fashion Buyer, Visual Merchandiser, Fashion Stylist and Fashion Blogger.

Related files

Download Textiles Year 7 Subject Summary

Download Y8 Textiles summary