Studying Fashion and Textile Technology lets you develop an understanding of textile properties, characteristics and technologies, item development, fashion/textile trends and factors that affect fashion choice. The course particularly emphasises the development of practical skills and textile construction techniques to make detailed fashion/textile items, to an appropriate standard of quality.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:
The course consists of three areas of study.
Fashion and Textile Choices
You will investigate a range of issues influencing the fashion or textile industry (e.g. ethical, environmental, economic, social and cultural issues) and analyse how these issues influence decisions taken by industry and choices made by consumers, and evaluate how fashion or textile items meet a range of consumer or industry needs.
Fashion/Textile Item Development
You will explore the fashion item development process, how industry creates and develops fashion/textile items and produce and evaluate your own fashion item to meet the needs of a brief.
You will develop and apply your knowledge and understanding of textile technologies and construction techniques and explore the characteristics and properties of a range of textiles and their uses in making fashion or textile items. You will develop and use a range of textile construction techniques and independently use tools and equipment to make fashion or textile items which are fit for purpose.
The course assessment has three components totalling 127 marks:
The assignment and practical activity components are interrelated and assessed as one task. You will be asked to design, plan, make and evaluate a fashion/textile item in response to a brief. This has three stages: design and plan (assignment), making the complex fashion/textile item (practical activity) and evaluation (assignment).
The assignment and practical activity is set and externally verified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), and internally marked by your school or college.
The question paper will be set and externally marked by SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in: