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Learning at West Coventry Academy

Fashion & Textiles


Qualification: Technical Award          Exam Board: AQA

Is Textiles GCSE for you?

Are you interested in fashion?

Are you creative and imaginative?

Do you like designing?

Would you like to create your own garments from scratch?

Learn how to make your own garment patterns?

Quote from a current student of GCSE Textiles:

“I really enjoy the design work and love the making”

What Will You Do?

Students are able to develop practical skills within Unit 1. This Unit has 12 core skills ranging from components to embellishments. Students have the opportunity to continuously practise, therefore they can achieve the skill to a high standard. These skills will then be incorporated into a garment. Students will be making a number of garments throughout the Unit.

Unit 2 allows students to gain their own independence and really get to grips with techniques. Students will be planning and designing a product with a theme of their own choice. Students will show the development of ideas and skills which then they use to make their own final garment of their choice.

Unit 3 is an exam which students will have gain knowledge of materials, commercial and industrial processes during the course to make links within the Fashion and Textiles industry.

Some of you may feel that within Textiles you need to develop your practical skills to feel more confident - well don’t worry!  We spend time developing skills and using equipment, so you’ll improve and feel more confident.

Assessment Details:

  • Unit 1 – 30% Skills demonstration
  • Unit 2 – 30% Extended making project
  • Unit 3 - 40% Exam

Example Brief for Practicals:

As the garment sample maker for a popular high street retailer you have been tasked with updating the company’s ‘Best sellers’ for the forthcoming season.

The ‘best sellers’ include a hooded sweatshirt, casual blazer, city shorts and a shift style dress; select one of these to update and present at the range development meeting.

Possible Career Options:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Textiles Designer
  • Textile Technologist
  • Buyer
  • Costume Maker
  • Wedding Dress Specialist
  • Sportswear Designer
  • Marketing
  • Fashion promotion
  • Interior Designer

Further Education:

  • AS/A2 in Textiles
  • Apprenticeships
  • L3 vocational qualifications