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Fashion and Textiles at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

Do you have dreams of making your own clothes and accessories or developing a fashion line of your own? Do you have a creative flair? Whether you are designing dresses or editing a fashion spread for next season’s latest trends, the study of fashion and textiles tells the story of who we are through the clothes we wear.

Who would it suit?

If you have a passion for fashion, an artistic mind and can visualise your ideas then this is the course for you. The most important attribute is a love of creativity, experimentation and a desire to spend hours making things.


“A life-long passion for all things to do with fabrics and design has rewarded me with the opportunity to have my own business in design and making wedding dresses as well as the fulfilment of passing on my skills and enthusiam to others."

Course content

Throughout the course you will learn the whole design process from researching a theme through to creating fashion illustrations, making your own paper patterns, experimenting with a huge variety of surface decoration techniques and then completing a finished garment. You will learn to use pattern, scale and drape and experiment with techniques such as printing, batik, silk painting appliqué, fabric manipulation and embroidery. You will use photography, computer generated design and equipment such as heat guns and soldering irons to create exciting textures, shapes and patterns.


There is a coursework element and a controlled assignment. The work is mostly of a practical nature, although A2 also involves a personally related study of between 1000 and 3000 words.

Future opportunities

Careers in fashion design, textile design, marketing, business, retail management, print design, costume design, fashion buyer, fashion journalism, art therapist or teaching.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities include visits to the Fashion Museum in Bath; Victoria and Albert Museum (London); Fashion and Textiles Museum (London); Clothes Show Live; fashion trip to Paris or Barcelona; Knitting & Stitching Show (Alexander Palace).

Who to contact for more advice?

Mrs N Davies

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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