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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Fashion and Textiles BTEC

Fashion and Textiles BTEC

Extended Certificate

Exam board: Edexcel

Why study this subject:

This is a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Art and Design, being delivered with a Fashion and Textiles focus. Textile products are all around us, from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive. Studying on this course will equip students with the creativity and 'out of the box' thinking needed to forge a successful career within the world of Fashion, Textiles and Design. Students will develop their research, design and practical skills through sketchbook work and three dimensional products.


Students will study 4 units.

UNIT 1 – Visual Recording and Communication

3 hour supervised assessment. Sketchbook development work, designs and a final product based on a theme set by the exam board.

UNIT 2 - Critical and Contextual Studies

5 hour supervised assessment. A written task based on artists selected by the exam board.

UNIT 3 – The Creative Process

Fashion and Textiles project based on a theme. This project will draw on the skills students have developed throughout the course.

UNIT 4 – Fashion Materials, Techniques and Processes

Fashion design, make and promotion project.

How will I be assessed: 

Units 3 and 4 are assessed internally and moderated. Unit 1 and Unit 2 both include supervised assessment periods to produce final pieces of work which will be assessed by the exam board.

Future course and possible careers:

  • There are a huge number of university courses that students can go on to study. Students may choose to undertake a foundation course first, but having studied a BTEC they may be able to build an adequate portfolio to go straight into a degree course. Future career routes include Visual merchandiser, Buyer, Fashion Designer, Print Designer, Quality Control Manager, Costume Designer, Personal Stylist, Pattern Maker, Tailor, Textile Technologist and many more.