Fashion & Textiles Technical Award - DT

​This new Level 1/2 Technical Awards is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, in addition to, theoretical learning. These qualifications all have a focus on creativity.

This qualification is designed for 14–16 year olds who want to study fashion and textiles in a hands on, practical way that helps them develop the knowledge, skills and experience that could open the door to a career in the industry.

The course will develop a wide range of practical making skills incorporating surface embellishment, joining and finishing, combining materials and colouring fabrics. Learners will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of textiles based materials and their properties.

The course content

  • Development of a variety of workshop and modern skills.
  • Understand specialist technical principles
  • Planning, production and evaluation of a product.
  • Understand, material properties, processes and commercial manufacturing techniques.


30% - Unit one: Skills Demonstration (internal assessment)
Students undertake a number of mini projects that will allow them to be assessed against 12 practical skills and the knowledge associated with these.

30% - Unit two: Extended making project (internal assessment)
Students will produce a made outcome in addition to a small portfolio to evidence the planning and development and testing and evaluation stages.

40% - Unit three: Fundamentals of materials technology (90 minutes external examination)
Materials and components; processes and techniques; tools and equipment; industrial processes; ICT and CAD/CAM; commercial practice and career opportunities.


Students can opt for only one design and technology based subject at GCSE level.


Students can progress to Technical Certificates and other Level 3 vocational qualifications such as BTEC Extended Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles or A-level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles.

Start Date

July 2017

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level

Technical Award