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1 Syllabus Cambridge O Level Fashion and Fabrics Syllabus code 6050 For examination in November 2013


3 Contents Cambridge O Level Fashion and Fabrics Syllabus code Introduction Why choose Cambridge? 1.2 Why choose Cambridge O Level Fashion and Fabrics? 1.3 How can I find out more? 2. Assessment at a glance Syllabus aims and objectives Aims 3.2 Assessment objectives 3.3 Specification grid 4. Curriculum content Coursework Coursework guidance notes 5.2 Coursework mark sheets 6. Resource list Reading list and online resources 7. Additional information Guided learning hours 7.2 Recommended prior learning 7.3 Progression 7.4 Component codes 7.5 Grading and reporting 7.6 Resources UCLES 2010

4 1. Introduction 1.1 Why choose Cambridge? University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world s largest provider of international qualifications. Around 1.5 million students from 150 countries enter Cambridge examinations every year. What makes educators around the world choose Cambridge? Developed for an international audience International O Levels have been designed specially for an international audience and are sensitive to the needs of different countries. These qualifications are designed for students whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. The curriculum also allows teaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant in varying regions. Recognition Cambridge O Levels are internationally recognised by schools, universities and employers as equivalent to UK GCSE. They are excellent preparation for A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. CIE is accredited by the UK Government regulator, the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual). Learn more at Support CIE provides a world-class support service for teachers and exams officers. We offer a wide range of teacher materials to Centres, plus teacher training (online and face-to-face) and student support materials. Exams officers can trust in reliable, efficient administration of exams entry and excellent, personal support from CIE Customer Services. Learn more at Excellence in education Cambridge qualifications develop successful students. They build not only understanding and knowledge required for progression, but also learning and thinking skills that help students become independent learners and equip them for life. Not-for-profit, part of the University of Cambridge CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit organisation and part of the University of Cambridge. The needs of teachers and learners are at the core of what we do. CIE invests constantly in improving its qualifications and services. We draw upon education research in developing our qualifications. 2

5 1. Introduction 1.2 Why choose Cambridge O Level Fashion and Fabrics? International O Levels are established qualifications that keep pace with educational developments and trends. The International O Level curriculum places emphasis on broad and balanced study across a wide range of subject areas. The curriculum is structured so that candidates attain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Cambridge O Level Fashion and Fabrics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding. By following this theoretical and practical syllabus, candidates cover a range of topics including: Use of fabrics, style and choice of clothing. Use of patterns, fitting and assembling garments. How to care for clothing. The aim is to develop candidates creative and aesthetic awareness, stimulating an enjoyment in the creative use of textiles. Candidates develop the practical skills essential for further study, which will also last a lifetime. Through their studies, candidates also develop a discriminating and informed approach to the marketing of clothes, learning how to assess suitability and recognise quality, in the context of fashion and textiles. 1.3 How can I find out more? If you are already a Cambridge Centre You can make entries for this qualification through your usual channels, e.g. your regional representative, the British Council or CIE Direct. If you have any queries, please contact us at If you are not a Cambridge Centre You can find out how your organisation can become a Cambridge Centre. either your local British Council representative or CIE at Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Cambridge Centre at 3

6 2. Assessment at a glance Cambridge O Level Fashion and Fabrics Syllabus code 6050 Please note: CIE cannot accept entries for this subject unless arrangements for the practical examination have been made with CIE by the Centre or the Ministry of Education concerned. CIE or the Ministry should be satisfied that there are reasonably adequate premises and equipment, and that qualified and independent practical examiners, acceptable to CIE, are available. Non-Ministry Centres will need access to CIE approved examiners. Practical work assessed in these Centres will need to be moderated by CIE. All candidates take Paper 1, Paper 2 and either Paper 3 or Paper 4. Paper 1: Theory (2 hours) Section A Compulsory multi-part questions, which candidates answer on the examination paper. Section B Essay-type questions the candidate must answer three. Weighting: 40% of total marks Paper 2: Practical (2½ hours) Practical based on a half section of a garment. Processes in current fashion not listed in the syllabus may be included in the practical test. The fabric for the practical will be supplied locally. Weighting: 40% of total marks Paper 3: Coursework 1 (for Ministry Centres only) or Paper 4: Coursework 2 (for Non-Ministry Centres only) Each candidate should submit two garments, at least one of which should be made available to fit the candidate. The candidate must submit a folder relating to only one garment with the coursework, and should include an illustration or description of it, reasons for choice and a list of requirements with a costing and a plan of work. Coursework will be assessed locally according to the approved mark scheme. Weighting: 20% of total marks 4

7 2. Assessment at a glance Availability This syllabus is examined in the October/November examination session. This syllabus is not available to private candidates. International O levels are available to Centres in Administrative Zones 3, 4 and 5. Centres in Administrative Zones 1, 2 or 6 wishing to enter candidates for International O Level examinations should contact CIE Customer Services. Combining this with other syllabuses Candidates can combine this syllabus in an examination session with any other CIE syllabus, except: syllabuses with the same title at the same level 0638 IGCSE Fashion and Fabrics (Namibia) 0649 IGCSE Fashion and Fabrics (Swaziland) Please note that IGCSE, Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificates and O Level syllabuses are at the same level. 5

8 3. Syllabus aims and objectives 3.1 Aims The aims of the syllabus are the same for all candidates. They are not listed in order of priority. The aims are: To encourage creative and aesthetic awareness. To develop qualities of organisation, of both self and resources. To develop skills useful for further study and for the creative use of leisure time. To encourage an appreciation of, and an enquiring approach to, textiles in everyday life. To encourage a discriminating and informed approach to the consumer society through the consideration of choice, suitability, cost and recognition of quality, in the context of fashion and textiles. To stimulate and sustain an interest in and enjoyment of the creative use of textiles. 3.2 Assessment objectives Candidates should be able to: Identify the varying human needs and factors in situations involving the use of textiles. Recall, interpret, select and apply knowledge relevant to the areas of study identified in the syllabus. Identify and justify priorities within a given situation, and communicate ideas accurately and systematically. In the Practical test, candidates should be able to: Interpret written and visual instructions. Demonstrate manipulative skills in machine and hand work. Show their ability to work with precision within the specified time. For the Coursework, candidates should be able to: Plan and organise an area of study. Carry out the planned study, using appropriate materials, processes and skills. 6

9 3. Syllabus aims and objectives 3.3 Specification grid Syllabus section Paper 1: Theory Paper 2: Practical test Paper 3 or 4: Coursework Assessment objectives Assessment of needs 5 10 Recall Selection Application 20 Justification 5 10 Interpretation 15 Manipulative skills 20 Machine skills 15 Hand skills 10 Accuracy 20 Planning, organisation and presentation 5 Accuracy/skill demonstrated in planned study 35 TOTAL MARKS

10 4. Curriculum content Note The syllabus has been drawn up assuming that candidates will have done at least two years work before the final assessment and that, during the course, sufficient time has been made available for practical work. The Centre must provide adequate equipment and maintain it in good condition. For the practical test, at least one sewing machine should be available for every two candidates, and one set of pressing equipment for every five candidates. 1. Fibres, yarns and fabrics (i) Origin, properties and production of fibres (ii) Fibres to yarns (iii) Fabric construction (iv) Colour in textiles An elementary study of the following fibres: Natural fibres cotton flax wool silk Regenerated fibres viscose rayon acetate triacetate Synthetic fibres nylon polyester acrylic The basic processes involved in making fibres into yarn, including: blending carding combing spinning A brief outline of the construction of fabrics by: weaving plain, twill and satin weaves knitting weft and warp knitting bonding of fibres Dyeing of fibres, yarns and fabrics. Printing of fabrics, including block and roller methods. 8

11 4. Curriculum content (v) Fabric finishes (vi) Properties, appearance and handling of fabrics Brief details of the following fabric finishes as they relate to improving fabrics for clothing: antistatic bacteriostatic bleaching brushing crease resistant easy-care flame retardant heat setting mercerising moth proofing shower and water repellent shrink resistant weighting Reference should be made to the following fabrics: batiste, calico, chiffon, crepe, crepon, denim, drill, felt, foulard, gaberdine, gingham, jersey, lawn, madras, muslin, needlecord, organdie, piqué, poplin, satin, seersucker, shantung, tartan, towelling, tricot, tweed, velvet, vilene, voile and other fabrics as they are in fashion. 2. Style Clothing choice The choice of clothing for children, young people and adults relating to style, fashion, figure type, occasion, fabric and colour. 3. Personal wardrobe Planning and budgeting to include: sensible buying of ready-made clothes purchase of fabrics approximate fabric requirements for basic garments selection of accessories 9

12 4. Curriculum content 4. Sewing equipment and notions The choice, purchase, use and care of tools and equipment for dressmaking, including the sewing machine. The selection and use of notions (haberdashery) used in dressmaking. 5. Patterns Commercial patterns, including choice, simple alterations and use. Drafted patterns with simple adaptation. Figure measurements. 6. Fitting and sequence of processes Fitting of garments at various stages in construction. Sequence of processes in assembling garments. 7. Processes A working knowledge of the following processes is required: (i) Stitches tailor tacking, tacking, running stitch, hemming, slip hemming, loop stitch, buttonhole stitch, oversewing, overcasting, herringbone, catch stitch (ii) Seams plain (to include various methods of neatening), french, double machine stitched, overlaid (iii) Control of fullness darts, easing, gathers, pleats, tucks, smocking, shirring (iv) Openings continuous strip, bound, faced (v) Collars flat (Peter Pan), roll (collar with revers, shawl), stand (mandarin shirt collar with band) (vi) Sleeves set in (plain, gathered), shirt sleeve, raglan, magyar (vii) Cuffs turn back, straight band cuffs, buttoned cuffs (viii) Waist finishes stiffened waistband, simple belts and carriers (ix) Pockets patch, seam pockets, faced hip pocket 10

13 4. Curriculum content (x) Edge finishes hems (various widths and methods of neatening suitable for different fabrics and positions on garments) bindings (crossway strips and commercial binding, and crossway) A knowledge of cutting and joining crossway strips is required. (xi) Yokes with and without linings (xii) Casings to control fullness and to finish edges (xiii) Interfacings sew-in and iron-on types, bonded and woven types (xiv) Fastenings zips, buttons and buttonholes (hand and machine worked), rouleau loops, worked loops, press studs, hooks and eyes, bars 8. Decoration of garments The making and use of traditional and original designs for the decoration of garments. Decorative stitches such as satin, stem, cross, fly and detached chain. The use of braid, lace, ribbon, and other trimmings. Hand and machine decorated work. 9. Pressing Choice, purchase and care of pressing equipment used in dressmaking. Pressing of garments during and after construction. 10. Care of clothing Care labelling of garments. Care of personal clothing, the removal of common stains and the care of different fabrics. Simple repairs and renovations. 11

14 5. Coursework 5.1 Coursework guidance notes (Papers 3 and 4) Notes for the guidance of examiners 1. Examiners should make themselves familiar with the syllabus and regulations governing the examinations. They should also read with care the instructions and other information that is sent to Centres. 2. Ministry Centres will have been informed that the examiner will arrange a convenient date for the assessment of the coursework. The Centre must be given ample warning (at least 10 days) of the date of this visit. 3. Non-Ministry Centres will need to arrange a convenient date for the assessment of the coursework by a CIE approved examiner. 4. Two garments must be shown, together with a folder giving details of the planning which was required before making one of the garments. Centres are asked to avoid the use of pins and display techniques that make it difficult for the examiner to inspect the work. Marking of coursework The maximum mark available is marks are available for the folder, as explained below in Section 1. 5 marks are available for the general appearance of the work as a whole, as shown in Section 2. Each garment is then to be marked out of a maximum of 15, following the guidelines in Section 3. Points to consider Marks Section 1 Folder for one garment only: Illustration or description of garment (3) Reasons for choice (style, pattern, fabric, colour) (4) List of requirements (fabric, notions) (4) Costing (2) Plan of work (5) Presentation (2)

15 5. Coursework Section 2 Suitable choice of fabric for style of garment (1) Choice of notions, e.g. colour of thread; suitable buttons, zip, trimmings, interfacing etc. (1) General appearance, cleanliness and careful handling Effect of decorative work/colour (2) Final pressing for presentation (1) 5 Section 3 Marks are to be given for a good standard of work on a variety of processes, noticing particularly: (i) Details of RS: Correct grain of fabric plaids, stripes and checks matching. Good seam lines and alignment of all joins. Collar points or curves matching, cuff ends matching, ends of bands matching. Even width of bands, cuffs, belts, pleats, tucks and pipings. Good dart lines and even distribution of fullness. Well positioned sleeves, collars, cuffs, fastenings, pockets etc. Well made openings neatly inserted zips, correctly applied fastenings. Flat bindings and facings. Lace and other trimmings correctly applied. Good decorative stitching, top-stitching etc. (ii) Details of WS: Line and width of seams with suitable and careful neatening. Even width of facings, bindings and hems. Good joins on bias strips, seam binding and lace, etc. (iii) Careful stitchery, including both hand and machine work. (iv) Careful pressing during construction. 1st garment (15) 2nd garment (15) Total 40 13

16 5. Coursework The following scale may be used as a guide when marking each garment in Section 3. 4 and below (i) Very poor workmanship on a variety of processes. (ii) Poor/very poor workmanship on a few processes. 5 to 6 (i) Workmanship below average standard on a variety of processes. (ii) Mediocre workmanship on a limited number of processes. 7 to 9 (i) Some fairly good work, but also some poorer work reducing its value. 10 to 12 (i) Satisfactory to good work on a variety of processes. (ii) Work of a high standard, but showing few or easy processes. 13 to 15 (i) Very good to excellent work. (ii) A really high standard of workmanship on a variety of processes. 14

17 5. Coursework 5.2 Coursework mark sheets Paper 3 (Coursework 1) Education Authority Approved and Ministry Centres only (a) The marks for the coursework, out of a total of 40 (no ½ and ¼ marks to be given) should be entered on the coursework summary mark sheets. Please enter, on this sheet, brief comments on each candidate s coursework. These comments should refer to the good points and weaknesses that have been taken into consideration when assessing the work. Example of comments on coursework by a very good candidate (32 marks and above) Folder good detail, carefully prepared. Machining excellent. Zip and sleeve setting good. Beautifully made buttonholes. Hemming pulled slightly. Colours well chosen. Well presented work. Example of comments on coursework by a weak candidate (17 marks and below) Work very soiled. Styles and fabrics well chosen. Seams and machining uneven. Collar and sleeve setting poor. Buttonholes very poor. (b) Please make a short general report on the coursework summary mark sheet, in the space marked Notes, and note particularly good points or weaknesses in the work of the school. (c) The Centre must send the coursework summary mark sheets and computer mark sheets to the Local Secretary, immediately after the examining has been completed and the marks have been transferred to the computer mark sheets. The Local Secretary will forward the mark sheets to CIE. Paper 4 (Coursework 2) Non-Ministry Centres Non-Ministry Centres must complete the marks for the coursework as in points (a) and (b) above. Additionally, these Centres will need to complete a Summary Coursework Assessment Form (6050/4/CWA/S), which identifies the marks allocated for each section of the coursework. Centres should send this to CIE, together with the Coursework Summary Mark Sheet (6050/3/CW/S) and the coursework for moderation. Immediately after the examining has been completed, the marks should be transferred to the computer mark sheets, and the mark sheet sent to CIE. Centres should send the mark sheets and coursework separately. 15

18 FASHION AND FABRICS 6050/4 (COURSEWORK 2) Non-Ministry Centres SUMMARY COURSEWORK ASSESSMENT FORM GCE SC AND O LEVEL Centre Number Centre Name November Examiner's Name Candidate Number Candidate Name Teaching Group Set Part A The Folio The Folder Section 1 (max 5) Appearance Section 2 (max 5) Part B The Garments Garment 1 Section 3 (max 15) Garment 2 Section 3 (max 15) TOTAL marks Part A + Part B (max 40) Teacher completing this form (BLOCK CAPITALS) Name of Moderator (BLOCK CAPITALS) Date Date WMS /4/CWA/S

19 Please return this document by 30 October for the November examination. FASHION AND FABRICS 6050/3 (COURSEWORK 1) Ministry Centres COURSEWORK SUMMARY MARKSHEET GCE SC and O Level Centre Number Centre Name November Examiner's Name Candidate Number Candidate Name Total mark for C/W (max 40) Brief comments on candidate s work WMS /4/CWA/S

20 6. Resource list 6.1 Reading list and online resources No one book is prescribed. There are a number of suggested text books, or you could look at the websites below, which give advice and links to related sites. Some of these books may be out of print but they have been included in the list of resources as Centres may already have copies of them and they are useful for research purposes. Author Title Date Publisher ISBN Rosalie Giles Needlework 1972 Methuen Ann Ladbury Fabrics 1985 Sidgwick and Jackson Marjorie Taylor Technology of Textile Properties 1991 Forbes Publications Useful websites: Resources are also listed on CIE s public website at Please visit this site on a regular basis as the Resource lists are updated through the year. Access to teachers discussion groups, suggested schemes of work and regularly updated resource lists may be found on the CIE Teacher Support website at for some subjects. This website is available to teachers at registered CIE Centres. 18

21 7. Additional information 7.1 Guided learning hours O Level syllabuses are designed on the assumption that candidates have about 130 guided learning hours per subject over the duration of the course. ( Guided learning hours include direct teaching and any other supervised or directed study time. They do not include private study by the candidate.) However, this figure is for guidance only, and the number of hours required may vary according to local curricular practice and the candidates prior experience of the subject. 7.2 Recommended prior learning Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Fashion and Fabrics previously. 7.3 Progression O Level Certificates are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications. Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in O Level Fashion and Fabrics are well prepared to follow courses leading to AS and A Level Design and Textiles, or the equivalent. 7.4 Component codes Because of local variations, in some cases component codes will be different in instructions about making entries for examinations and timetables from those printed in this syllabus, but the component names will be unchanged to make identification straightforward. 7.5 Grading and reporting Ordinary Level (O Level) results are shown by one of the grades A*, A, B, C, D or E indicating the standard achieved, Grade A* being the highest and Grade E the lowest. Ungraded indicates that the candidate s performance fell short of the standard required for Grade E. Ungraded will be reported on the statement of results but not on the certificate. 19

22 7. Additional information Percentage uniform marks are also provided on each candidate s statement of results to supplement their grade for a syllabus. They are determined in this way: A candidate who obtains the minimum mark necessary for a Grade A* obtains a percentage uniform mark of 90%. the minimum mark necessary for a Grade A obtains a percentage uniform mark of 80%. the minimum mark necessary for a Grade B obtains a percentage uniform mark of 70%. the minimum mark necessary for a Grade C obtains a percentage uniform mark of 60%. the minimum mark necessary for a Grade D obtains a percentage uniform mark of 50%. the minimum mark necessary for a Grade E obtains a percentage uniform mark of 40%. no marks receives a percentage uniform mark of 0%. Candidates whose mark is none of the above receive a percentage mark in between those stated according to the position of their mark in relation to the grade thresholds (i.e. the minimum mark for obtaining a grade). For example, a candidate whose mark is halfway between the minimum for a Grade C and the minimum for a Grade D (and whose grade is therefore D) receives a percentage uniform mark of 55%. The uniform percentage mark is stated at syllabus level only. It is not the same as the raw mark obtained by the candidate, since it depends on the position of the grade thresholds (which may vary from one session to another and from one subject to another) and it has been turned into a percentage. 7.6 Resources Copies of syllabuses, the most recent question papers and Principal Examiners reports for teachers are available on the Syllabus and Support Materials CD-ROM, which is sent to all CIE Centres. Resources are also listed on CIE s public website at Please visit this site on a regular basis as the Resource lists are updated through the year. Access to teachers discussion groups, suggested schemes of work and regularly updated resource lists may be found on the CIE Teacher Support website at for some subjects. This website is available to teachers at registered CIE Centres. 20

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