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On this course you will develop practical skills and textile construction techniques to make detailed fashion/textile items, to an appropriate standard of quality. You will also develop an understanding of textile properties, characteristics and technologies, item development, fashion/textile trends and factors that affect fashion/textile choice.

The course also enables you 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.

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

The National 5 course assessment has three components totalling 130 marks:

  • Component 1: question paper – worth 30 marks 
  • Component 2: assignment – worth 50 marks
  • Component 3: practical activity – worth 50 marks.

Component 2 and component 3 are inter-related and will be assessed using one activity. You will carry out one task — designing, planning, making and evaluating a fashion/textile item — which will provide evidence for both components.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components. The course assessment is graded A-D.