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What is the course about?


In KS4 GCSE Textiles, students will further develop those skills and understanding introduced in Years 7-9.

In Year 10 students will have the opportunity to improve their skills and learn new techniques through a series of practical workshops. These workshops will explore the potential application of techniques through a further project. There will be supporting theory work to further student understanding.

In Year 11 these practical skills will be used in developing a single design and make task which is chosen from a range of examination board set textile projects. Students will be required to spend at least 45 hours of class and homework time on this part of the GCSE course. Students will have to produce a design folder which details the processes used in the making of a textile product. The folder is approximately 20 A3 sheets.

This practical part of the GCSE course is worth 60% of the final marks. It must be completed by the end of the Spring Term in Year 11.

All students will sit one common, two hour theory examination paper. This is worth 40% of the final marks.


Where can it take me?


Examples of career paths in Textiles include:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Fashion Design
  • Costume & Theatre Design
  • Textile Design
  • Surface Pattern Design
  • Interior Design
  • Magazine & Media Industry
  • Stylist & Fashion Photography
  • Retail Buyer or Merchandiser
  • Window Display Designer
  • Make-up Artist

Why choose Textiles?


This is for students who enjoy making high quality products. The course combines Computer Aided Design with traditional design and make skills.

If you are into fashion or interior design this could be the right choice for you.

Studying Textiles will help you to:

  • Develop your creativity
  • Develop your ability to design and make textile products such as fashion garments and accessories or interior furnishings
  • Learn a vast array of new skills, using specialist equipment and technology
  • Have opportunities for trips and exhibiting work in fashion shows and galleries
  • Be well supported and inspired to get high grades from experienced staff

Subject content:

The work you will undertake will include:

  • Research using the internet and on various trips
  • Drawing and designing
  • Experimenting with materials and processes such as print making, dyeing fabric, batik
  • Using new technology, laser cutting fabric, large repeat pattern printing using the 2D printer
  • Pattern making
  • Using the sewing machines
  • Making garments and soft furnishings
  • Testing and showcasing work (fashion shows, craft shows)

How will I be assessed?


The syllabus is taken from the AQA Examination Board. The majority of the marks are awarded for coursework which is completed during the two years. This is mainly practical work supported by written evidence completed using ICT.


There is one examination at the end of the course which tests the knowledge gained during the two years and whilst completing the coursework.


Coursework – 60%

Examination - 40%


This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.


Exam Board - AQA