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KS4 Fashion and Clothing

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Craft – Specialising in Fashion and Clothing

What is the qualification?

Vocational qualification worth 1 GCSE, graded pass, merit, distinction and distinction*


What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

You will gain an insight into the fashion world of accessories and clothing. The course entails experimenting with a variety of techniques, fabrics, designing, and making, as well as looking at sustainability, ethical and environmental issues, and enterprise. You will visit art galleries and/or museums, fashion retail stores, and a fashion show. One element of your work will be an enterprise project and you will plan the production and costing of your final product. Your final product and work will form an exhibition towards the end of your course.

The course is made up of four units of which three are internally assessed and one externally assessed. There is no written examination on this course.


The table below indicates the school terms in which the assessments will take place:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10Unit 1 workUnit 2 workUnit 2/3
Year 11Unit 3 Externally assessedUnit 4Unit 4

What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

You will be developing your investigating, team working, creative thinking, problem solving, evaluating and self managing skills. Your practical skills will include being taught a variety of decorative techniques, drawings, pattern cutting, and sewing.

What could I use this qualification for?

This qualification will allow you to go on and study an art, craft, or design based course at Post 16 but it will also help you enhance your research skills, analytical skills, independent and creative thinking skills and time management skills – all of which are very useful whatever courses you go on to study. Careers in fashion and clothing include: fashion designer, fashion stylist, teacher, textile designer, costume designer, garment technologist, costume maker, footwear designer, tailor, knitwear designer, milliners, pattern cutter/grader, or any problem solving or practical career.