Fashion and Textiles

  • Fashion and textiles are the UK’s largest creative industries and are internationally renowned for quality and innovation. We couldn’t live without textiles, whether it be for fashion and protection, in our homes, offices and the workplace, or in hidden areas such as buildings and for medical applications.
  • Today’s fashion and textile designers are exploring new forms and materials and rethinking what fashion can be.
  • Students at Haywood Academy will design using research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs. They will develop their own specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations. Students will learn how to use biomimicry and user-centred design to generate creative ideas. Students will learn how to research professional designers to develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations. They will also have the opportunity to learn about textile components and techniques for surface decoration and fabric manipulation.
  • Health and safety practises are an important part of the curriculum when working in the Fashion Studio and knowing how to use a sewing machine safely and other textiles equipment and with confidence.
  • Finally students will also learn how to test, evaluate & refine ideas/ products against a specification.

Year 7 fashion & textiles

  • In year 7 students are introduced to the materials, fabrics and components and the equipment & materials necessary to make fashion & Textiles.
  • Haywood fashion and textiles students will work in the fashion studio.
  • In year 7 students will the learn the skills required to investigate, design, make and test and evaluate a sock monster product. They will use biomimicry and write their own specifications.
  • They will then learn about the functions and properties of a greater range of fabrics to design and make a pencil case.

Year 8 fashion & textiles

  • 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 phone or tablet case to be sold in a gift shop. This project focuses on how to embellish, decorate and construct textiles using both hand and machine methods.  Students are also introduced to CAD, CAM and pattern design.


Year 9 fashion & textiles

  • In Year 9 students complete a series of lessons where they focus on refining and developing a wider range of techniques and methods. An upcycling project allows pupils to enhance their creativity and resourcefulness of materials when designing for the environment in mind using 6 R’s. This is followed by a people, places and identity project looking at how to do artist research, investigating concepts and ideas. Students will then develop their drawing skills, design skills and development of designs/ development of practical skills through making new and more in-depth samples.
  • A short GCSE unit of work then allows students to incorporate, develop and combine the knowledge and skills they have learnt over the last 3 years.

Why should I study GCSE Textiles?

  • Do you like fashion, colour, pattern and texture? UK designers are considered some of the best in the world
  • The global workforce is estimated to be 3.4 billion people. 430 million are thought to work in fashion and textile production. This means roughly one in eight workers at least is involved in the fashion and textile industry.
  • Textiles materials are at the cutting edge of major developments across the world e.g. wearables and e-textiles.
  • We have some of the best colleges and universities in the world for further study.
  • It’s a broad and varied industry with a wide range of sectors, from the traditional areas of fashion and interiors, to technical textiles such as medical textiles, geo textiles, performance textiles and engineering.
  • Studying fashion and textiles gives you transferable skills such as project management and decision making.
  • This course can lead to progression onto an A Level Fashion & Textiles course, Degree level and can be studied up to Masters Level. 

You can choose to specialise in a variety of textiles specialisms:

  • Constructed textiles
  • Digital textiles
  • Dyed fabrics
  • Printed fabrics
  • Fashion design
  • Installed textiles
  • Soft furnishings
  • Stitched and/or embellished textiles

In Year 10 you will learn new practical techniques using a variety of different equipment and materials doing a series of mini projects.

You will learn how to do in-depth artist & designer research

Produce your designs

Develop these into samples

Produce final textile pieces

What can you make?

Cushions, wall hangings, accessories, bags, interior products & any type of fashion.

In the second half of year 10 you will work on your portfolio which is worth 60% of the final grade. In Year 11 you will complete your portfolio and then in January you will produce preparation work in response to an exam theme from the exam board. You will then produce a final textiles piece of your choice in a 10hr exam. This is worth 40% of the final grade.

Both the portfolio and the preparation & exam work are assessed on the following objectives:

AO1- Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2 – Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.



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