We’ve developed a new Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles for young learners who want to study textiles in a practical way. The new qualification will be available for first teaching in September 2017.
It provides opportunities to understand the working properties of materials and commercial and industrial practices within the fashion industry. Along with the new GCSE in Design and Technology, it replaces the outgoing GCSE in Textiles Technology, but has a more practical, skills-based focus, developing the core skills needed to design and make textile products.
Technical Awards are practical, vocational qualifications available to 14-16 year olds to take alongside GCSEs. If approved by the Department for Education, a single award will be equivalent to a GCSE qualification and will count towards performance tables. They could then be included in Progress 8 as part of the non-Ebacc open group of subjects.
Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and also modern technologies. Our new qualification enables learners to:
All learners will be taught and assessed in the same way, and there is no need to split your class into Level 1 and Level 2.
There are two internally-assessed units, and a third unit that is externally assessed:
Learners have the chance to carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate their competency in the core skills outlined in the specification. They’ll record their work in a portfolio.
These skills include:
For this unit, learners will undertake an extended project that showcases the skills they have developed in unit 1.
Example briefs learners might receive:
The project will be marked against the following criteria:
Learners will be assessed on the following topics:
Insight from teachers:
The structure and breakdown of unit 1 allows students to be enthused by a range of small projects.
Daniel Mokhtari, Head of Design and Technology, The Hermitage Academy, County Durham
The practical work and exam relate directly to students’ knowledge of textiles and fashion.
Michelle Minvielle, Head of Design and Technology, President Kennedy School and Community College, Coventry
This Technical Award is designed to equip learners with the practical skills in Fashion & Textiles they need to progress to further general or vocational study. They’ll develop a broad understanding of the sector so they can make informed decisions about their career opportunities.
Learners will also develop valuable transferable skills including communication and collaboration.
We’ve worked with post-16 education providers to ensure that Technical Awards count equally alongside GCSEs when applying to do further study in either general or vocational qualifications.
We’ll be submitting our draft qualification to the Department for Education in September 2016, when we’ll share the draft specification with you. We’re also planning a series of free support events throughout the autumn term, alongside a full set of resources.
We have developed a suite of four Technical Awards in the following subjects: