GCSE D&T: Fashion and Textile


Awarding body, specification number and title: 

AQA, 3720, Technical Award - Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles

Course content and structure:

The aim of this course is to encourage students to use practical textiles skills when making products using fabrics in innovative and original ways.  The Fashion and Textiles course is ideally suited to students who prefer practical learning, in addition to theoretical learning. The course enables students to work in a ‘hands-on’ way in order to develop the core skills required to make high quality products using textile techniques. Students will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies.  In this course, students will be taught practical skills including seam and hem construction, methods which are the foundation stone of all textiles products, along with various decorative techniques such as appliqué, sublimation dyeing, tie and dye, and machine embroidery.

Lessons within Fashion and Textiles are a combination of focused bite-sized projects to demonstrate their confidence in 12 core skills, which then lead onto an extended making project to show case their new found abilities in an independent project that responds to a brief that they develop. Every piece of work that students complete will have a direct impact on their final level, with the bite-sized projects and extended making project accounting for 60% of their final level.

Year 10 course content

In Year 10 students will focus on producing a portfolio evidencing mini practical projects that will demonstrate 12 core skills. This portfolio records their work for the projects and must not be more than 12 pages in length.

These projects are all practical based to cover the following key skills:

1. Colouring fabrics

2. Surface embellishment

3. Fabric manipulation and shaping for functional and decorative purposes

4. Joining fabrics

5. Applying fastenings and components

6. Decorative and functional edge finishes

7. Sleeve setting


9. Combining materials

10. Using a pattern / template

11. Pockets and

12. Teamwork.

These mini projects will account for 30% of the qualification.

All Students start their own Extended Making project during Year 10 and continue it through to Year 11. This accounts for a further 30% of the qualification.

Year 11 course content

In Year 11 students continue their Extended Project enabling them to put their making skills to the test. During this project, students will produce a made outcome in addition to a small portfolio to evidence the planning and development and testing and evaluation stages. Projects could range from ‘upcycling’ garments, cushions, wall hangings, fashion garments plus much more…


Running parallel with the projects in Years 10 and 11 there will be lessons that continue to further develop students understanding of the theory and practices involved in the fundamentals of Fashion and Textiles that are assessed in a terminal examination that accounts for 40% of the qualification.

This exam covers the following topics:

1. Materials and components

2. Processes and techniques

3. Tools and equipment

4.Industrial processes


6. Commercial practice

7. Careers opportunities.



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