Fashion and Textiles Technology in S5 & S6

Purpose and Aims of the Course

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to develop:

  •  detailed textile construction techniques
  •  the ability to plan and make detailed fashion/textile items
  •  detailed knowledge of textile properties and characteristics
  •  detailed understanding of factors that influence fashion/textile choices
  •  detailed understanding of fashion/textile trends
  •  the ability to select, set up, adjust and use relevant tools and equipment safely and correctly
  •  detailed investigation, evaluation and presentation skills

Particular emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills and textile construction techniques to make detailed fashion/textile items, to an appropriate standard of quality. The Course will also help learners develop an understanding of textile properties, characteristics and technologies, item development, fashion/textile trends and factors that affect fashion/textile choice.

This Course will help learners to develop important skills, attitudes and attributes related to fashion and textiles that are transferable to other contexts including problem-solving skills and communication skills.

The Course may also contribute towards the development of numeracy skills through the measurement of textiles and the timing of production.

The Course is suitable for all learners with an interest in fashion and textiles who would like to develop practical fashion/textile skills. It is suitable for learners who are confident with Fourth level experiences and outcomes, food and textile contexts, and using textiles for developing related technological skills. It is particularly suitable for learners who enjoy experiential learning through practical activities.

This Course offers learners opportunities to develop and extend a wide range of skills, including practical skills and textile construction techniques. This is underpinned with the relevant knowledge and understanding of textile characteristics and properties required to make fashion/textile items, the development process and factors affecting fashion choices.

Course activities also provide learners with opportunities to develop thinking and decision-making skills and skills in planning, organising and evaluating practical tasks.

Learners are provided with opportunities to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

Homework consists of the completion of planning for practical tasks, research and practical investigations related to the unit of work studied.

  • learn how to work with different fabrics and textiles
  • learn how to use different technologies to create garments
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of the fashion industry
  • planning skills to take you from initial concept to full production

Is fabrics and textiles  for me? 

You will enjoy this subject if: 

  • you enjoy working with your hands
  • you enjoy practical learning activities
  • you are keen to develop your knowledge of the fashion industry

Influential people in  fashion and textiles 

Samantha McCoach is the founder and designer behind Le Kilt. With a family heritage of kilt-making, Samantha decided to put a modern spin on the traditional garment so that women could incorporate it into their everyday wardrobe.

Christopher Kane was brought up in North Lanarkshire and first emerged onto the fashion scene in 2006. He is a firm favourite on the catwalk and the high street. He has received the Harrods Design Award for his MA graduation collection, which attracted the attention of Donatella Versace and helped catapult him to where he is today. Since then Kane has been twice named Scottish Designer of the Year.