Assessment and Unit Structure

To achieve the National Diploma (Double Award), you must complete eight mandatory and one optional unit. This will be structured with 5 units to be completed in the first year and a further 4 completed in the second year. One of the units each year will be a practical exam unit.

Units to be covered in Year 12:

Unit 33: Fashion Design

Learning Objectives

Unit 34: Pattern Development Methods and Techniques

Learning Objectives

  • Explore pattern development and cutting materials, techniques and processes.
  • Apply pattern development and cutting techniques to produce full sized pattern for a fashion design.
  • Review and reflect on the use of pattern cutting and development techniques.

Unit 15: Fashion Materials, Technique and Processes

Learning Objectives

  • Explore Fashion materials, techniques and processes
  • Apply Fashion materials, techniques and processes to a brief
  • Review own use of Fashion materials, techniques and processes.

Unit 6: Managing a Client Brief (External Examined Unit)

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate ability to select relevant information and material to inform ideas.
  • Develop design ideas relevant to client brief.
  • Justify the decisions in relation to brief, audience and client demands.
  • Organise ideas, information and practical outcomes for presentation.

Unit 14: Textiles Materials, Technique and Processes

Learning Objectives

  • Explore textiles materials, techniques and processes
  • Apply textiles materials, techniques and processes to a brief
  • Review own use of textiles materials, techniques and processes.

Units to be covered in Year 13:

Unit 35: Fashion Promotion

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how fashion promotion is used in the fashion industry.
  • Plan and present a fashion promotion campaign
  • Review the success of a fashion promotion campaign.

Unit 36: Manufacture Methods for Fashion

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the manufacturing processes and techniques used to produce fashion garments.
  • Apply manufacturing processes and techniques to produce a sample fashion garment.
  • Review the manufacturing processes and techniques used in the production of a sample fashion garment.

Unit 8: Professional Practice in Art and Design

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the opportunities to develop art and design work for market.
  • Develop ideas, plans and costings to produce an art and design product for market.
  • Design and test an art and design product for market.
  • Realise an art and design product for market.7Review the success of an art and design product developed for market.

Unit 7: Developing and Realising Creative Intentions (External Exam)

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate and ability to generate ideas in response to a stimulus.
  • Apply an understanding of contextual influences and trends to own work and practice.
  • Explore materials, techniques and processes to communicate creative intentions.
  • Be able to plan and realise creative intentions.
  • Demonstrate ability to present work which demonstrates development and realisation of final outcome, showing an understanding of professional practice.

The Assessment Criteria

For each unit you are expected to carry out a range of tasks that will be put together to form the unit assignment. The assignments are designed to cover all the assessment criteria so all students have the opportunity to gain a distinction. At the start of each unit you will be provided with an assignment brief and cover sheets for each of the tasks in the unit. These will tell you what you need to cover to complete the unit and will ensure you are able to provide the necessary authentication and is where feedback from your assessor will be given. These booklets must be kept with your folders at all times.

  • To achieve a pass for each unit you must complete ALL the pass criteria.
  • To achieve a merit for each unit you must complete ALL the pass and merit criteria.
  • To achieve a distinction for each unit you must complete ALL the pass, merit and distinction criteria.

If you do not cover all the pass criteria the unit is graded a U or unclassified.