Textiles provides you with skills, knowledge and opportunities to build your confidence in designing, making and exam theory. Through a range of projects you will explore designing and textiles processes using research as a foundation in order to experiment through a variety of textiles design skills and specialist techniques. The purpose of the projects throughout year 9 will provide an insight into the expectations at GCSE level coursework. Exam theory and different assessment points throughout the year will assist you in your journey through the course.

You are expected to have the following equipment for the course and bring to each lesson the following:

Basic equipment – Pen/pencil/ruler/rubber/sharpener/black fine liner/colouring pencils

Textiles equipment – Needles/unpicker/fabric for own projects throughout the year

Revision book – GCSE Design & Technology Textiles AQA Revision Guide (by CPG books). These are available from Amazon or WHSmiths

A4 and A3 display folder – The Works/WHSmiths/Amazon

To support your daughter:

  • Ensure that she is doing homework and on target for meeting deadlines that are set (These are issued to students and should be recorded in planners)
  • If you have a sewing machine at home, support and encourage her to use it to boost confidence
  • Regularly, sit down and let her explain her work to you and offer feedback on quality of work produced.
  • Students are expected to purchase their own fabrics and revision books for coursework.

Course content

Controlled assessment – 50%

Coursework – comprised of 5 Units.

  • Unit 1 – Researching the design context – A combination of primary and secondary research to provide a solid starting point for design ideas in unit 2
  • Unit 2 – Designing – a range of design skills using different media including CAD to develop ideas. Extensive sampling of decorative techniques evident with experimentation in preparation for making the product.
  • Unit 3 – Making – independently working on product. Planning ahead and time management essential. After school sessions available one night per week in order for students to have access to specialist tools and equipment
  • Unit 4 – Evaluation – Evaluation occurs throughout the controlled assessment units. A large amount of evaluation is undertaken on the finished product (testing it against design specification, User tests, what would need adapting for industry etc.)
  • Unit 5 – Spelling/communication and presentation of folder throughout coursework

Exam – 50%

Exam paper 2 hours. Section A of exam paper is based on designing. This is preliminary material (sent by the exam board) that students will have the opportunity to study independently prior to the exam. Section B of the paper is theory based on design and production processes. This relates to the coursework that is produced as well as revision lessons leading up to the exam.

Exams and Assessment

50% controlled assessment
50% written exam (2hrs)

Why choose Textiles?

Textiles is a course that will offer you challenge and expect you to be an independent worker. Creativity dominates the course through designing with a range of media (including Photoshop). Organisation, resilience and using your initiative are vital skills during practical work when creating construction and decorative techniques.

It offers you the opportunities to research exciting topics through developing your literacy skills as well as demonstrating your creativity through designing using a range of media including digital means. Time management and self-motivation ensure that you are fully confident in creating a range of constructive and decorative techniques that formulate spectacular outcomes in the form of garments, soft furnishings. This course can lead onto college and university courses such as Foundation in art and design, interior design then degree courses.