Fashion and Textiles

Design and Technology – Fashion and Textiles

Curriculum rationale:

We aim to deliver a high quality design and technology education for students at SJNC, which will make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth, and wellbeing of our students. 

In Fashion and Textiles lessons, students will use their creativity and imagination to make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.  They acquire skills through working on a range of projects using fashion and textiles subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and art.  Global issues such as sustainability are considered throughout students’ design education.  Students learn how to take risks, be resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present textiles and fashion, students will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 


Curriculum Design:

Essential skills have been carefully and progressively woven in throughout the curriculum. These include:

  • Practical skills developed using a range of materials and equipment within each subject area
  • Communication and presentation techniques including graphic communication techniques, presentation of data and written communication styles for design.
  • Knowledge and understanding of working properties of ingredients and materials and how these are used in existing products and can be used in their own work to meet a range of user needs.
  • Critical analysis and evaluation skills. Students develop skills to analyse the work of others to learn about past and present design to inform future design approaches.  They will look closely at their own work and the work of others, including professionals.

The curriculum has been developed to allow a range of opportunities for students to develop more effective knowledge retention for exam preparation, including regular retrieval practice and interleaved topics.

Curriculum Plan:

Key Stage 3

In Years 7-9 Fashion and textiles is taught on a rotation system so modules are not tied to specific terms.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Project 1

Small bag with a lining. 

·         Consider other’s values through research of cultural designs

·         Build skills and apply them to make high quality prototypes.

·         Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches.

Cushion cover decorated from a choice of 3 contexts.

·         Develop designs using the ‘user centred’ approach.

·         Select from a wider, more complex range of tools, equipment and machinery including CAD CAM.

Mobile Phone Case.

·         Develop further understanding and use of properties of materials and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions.

·         Select from and use specialist tools, equipment and machinery with developed precision.

Project 2

Set of 3 juggling balls.

·         How to use a design specification to ensure user’s needs are met.

·         How to critique, evaluate and test their ideas.

·         Properties of materials and performance of structural elements.

Fashion Design Challenge.

·         Develop designs using a collaborative approach.

·         Understand how developments in fashion history impact on individuals and society.

·         Dressmaking and tailoring techniques.

Textile Accessory.

·         Develop a Design Specification.

·         Test, evaluate and refine design ideas against a specification.

·         Analyse the work of past and present professionals to inform ideas.

·         Consider the impact and lifecycle of materials used in product design.


GCSE Design and Technology – Fashion and Textiles

GCSE Design and Technology – Fashion and Textiles students will develop a coursework project using their Fashion and Textiles skills. This is worth 50% of their overall GCSE grade. Students will also learn about a wider range of materials and knowledge with Design and Technology in the 21st Century.  Students will sit a written exam in their final GCSE year about a broader knowledge of Design and Technology.

In the first year of the course, students develop their knowledge and understanding in many areas such as differing fibres and fabrics, the technology used in the textiles industry and fabric manipulation and assembly techniques. 

In June, first year GCSE students receive the ‘Contextual Challenges’ for their project work.  Students select 1 from a range of 3 given briefs and begin to research, design and develop work for their coursework project.

Students will sit a practical mock exam in June of their first year to practice their practical making skills. Students will be set ‘low stakes’ written tests throughout their first year to allow them to develop confidence and check their theoretical learning in preparation for the written exam in their final GCSE year.



Year 9/10

Year 10/11

Autumn 1st half term

·         Fibres and Fabrics

·         Fabric finishes – dyeing, printing, stitching

·         Decorative components

·         Structural components

·         Textile construction and manipulation techniques

·         Health and safety

·         Targeted revision for mock exam

·         Written mock exam 2hr paper October

·         Identifying and investigating design possibilities, 10 marks – component 2

·         Developing a Design brief and specification, 10 marks


Autumn 2nd half term

·         Energy

·         Fabric finishes – physical, chemical, biological

·         Smart, technical, modern materials and composites

·         Sustainability, environmental, social and moral issues

·         Revision for mock exam

·         Written mock exam 2hr paper December

·         Generating and developing design ideas, 30 marks


Spring 1st half term


·         Specifications

·         Textile construction and manipulation techniques continued

·         Woods

·         Ferrous and non ferrous metals

·         2D and 3D drawing techniques

·         Manufacturing a prototype, 30 marks

·         Practical exam for component 2 February

·         Exam revision

Spring 2nd half term


·         Use of computers in industry

·         Papers and boards

·         Thermoforming and thermosetting polymers

·         Pattern development skills

·         Application of mathematics

·         Electronic control systems

·         Analysing and evaluating design decisions and prototypes, 20 marks

·         Exam revision

Summer 1st half term

·         Design strategies

·         Moral, social and ethical issues

·         Mechanisms

·         Application of mathematics

·         Manufacturing production systems

·         Analysis of past and present designers

·         Written exam 2hr paper

Summer 2nd half term


·         Development of skills for practical mock exam – component 2

·         Practical mock exam – component 2

·         Research and development for ‘Identifying and investigating design possibilities’ – component 2

Course completed 


Curriculum Assessment:

Students will be given theory tests in lessons to assess their success and areas for improvement with all theory topics.  Students will sit two DT written exam papers in the Autumn term of their final GCSE year as practice before they sit their final written exam in the Summer term.

Practical skills and coursework developed will be assessed regularly over the course of study to support their progress and learning.  One to one tutorials will be given to students to discuss effective progress and development.