Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print or whatever, suddenly I would see a collection. - Anna Sui, fashion designer

As part of the Design & Technology world, Textiles allows students to explore the world of fibres, fabrics and fashion. It is a long journey from realising how many Textiles items are around us, making first steps in using a needle and thread, learning how to use a sewing machine in order to join and later to decorate fabrics, to designing and making their own garments and showing them on the catwalk.

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board: AQA www.aqa.org.uk/.../design-and-technology-textiles-technology-4570

At KS4 students work through a series of different projects, acquiring many more advanced practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge of fibres, fabrics, industrial practices and the fashion world,in order to prepare them for the major coursework and a theory exam in Year 11.





Year 10

1-2-3-4 fold away project.

Students are learning new surface decoration and construction techniques and use them in the designing and making of their own fabric bag for their design folder

Colour application techniques project allows students to expand their knowledge and practical skills in decorating fabrics colour application techniques like more advanced tie-dye, tri-tik, shibory, block printing, stencilling, silk painting, fabric painting and sublimation printing . 

Flower power dress project for the catwalk show.

Students learn how to construct a dress and decorate it with a variety of surface decoration and colour application techniques learnt during the course.

Year 11



Students are working on a major design and make project, to produce one textiles item or a garment accompanied by extensive research and design folder

 Coursework  Exam preparation

Outside the classroom

Students are encouraged to visit permanent and temporary exhibitions at Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum and Fashion and Textiles Museum

Students are also encouraged to apply to Summer School at London Met University and the London College of Fashion at the end of Year 12

Progression pathways and careers

Students who have completed A Level textiles have a range of courses and opportunities available to them. Possible university courses include: Fashion design courses, Art and Design foundation courses, Design courses, Fashion promotion course, Fashion studies, Fashion design and marketing, Fashion management, European Fashion, Costumes for stage and screen courses, Clothing engineering and management. There are also a range of apprenticeships for which students can apply including working at Angels Costumiers in West Hendon.

Possible careers: Fashion designer working freelance or for a fashion house, Fashion/Retail buyer, Textiles (fabric) Designer, Pattern cutter, Fibre technologist, Fabric technologist, Textiles colourist, Cutting room manager, Warehouse manager, Production manager, Fashion journalist, Costume designer and so on.

A number of Hendon Students have gone on to study textiles and work in a range of different roles including having their own design companies and fashion houses.

Useful links



Mrs Alena Gavartin, Head of Design and Technology faculty  Gavartin@hendonschool.co.uk 

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