Fibres and fabrics – properties and characteristics, maintenance, suitability and fitness for purpose.
Finishing processes – dyeing and printing, decoration and enhancement and Finishes.
Design and market influences.
Product Analysis – product design including the influences of trend forecasts, Evaluation techniques, evaluation of own product compared with market alternatives.
Social, Cultural, Health and Safety and Environmental Issues – social and cultural influences on the consumer market, consumer choice and ethical issues and moral and environmental issues including recycling, organic and Fair Trade cotton and biodegradable fibres and fabrics.
Health and Safety issues as designers, consumers and manufacturers.
Processes and Manufacture including industrial systems how to select and carry out the correct techniques.
Production planning – planning the development and manufacture of a product and quality assurance.
The use of ICT in the textiles industry.