Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019






Design Technology

Course Content & Assessment

Students are encouraged to be innovative and creative making best use of our fantastic resources and new facilities available.

GCSE Textiles Technology is a ‘hands on creative problem solving’ course which requires students to consider the aesthetic and functional, aspects of an object or a process, usually requiring considerable research, thought, making and design.

Subject Information
GCSE Textiles is a hands-on creative and practical subject which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and producing products and evaluating them. Throughout the course students explore the different areas of textile design, such as costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched and/or embellished textiles, soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors and installed textiles.

In Year 10 students cultivate their designing and practical skills by working on a number of projects, ranging from interior to fashion design. They also learn new skills and techniques to enable them to become holistic designers. Looking at the work of other designers to inspire their individual creativity.

In Year 11, students focus on two main components:
Component 1: Portfolio: Here students make individual choices about their own project brief, which will be designed for a specific need and form a sustained project supporting the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions. Through research, design, analysis, manufacture and evaluation students build evidence of completing the four assessment objectives
Component 2: Externally set assignment: Here students respond to a chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

The key skills leant whilst studying Textiles design will not only support our students as designers but can also feed into other subject areas, improving analytical and critical evaluation, attention to detail and presentation. Explicitly helping them to become creative ‘problem solvers’ with a logical approach.

60% Portfolio
40% Externally set assignment

Textiles is really rewarding. Having never touched a sewing machine before in my life you learn lots and you can take the course even if you're starting from scratch. I loved the designing and practical aspects of the course and found it a really nice escape from all my other textbook heavy subjects. I am now going on to study Textiles at A-Level and hopefully fashion at degree level as I have found it so much fun. Annabelle - Tudor House

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Textiles or Art

Route B: GCSE Grade 6 in a Design Technology. A portfolio of work and interview process will be used to support applications, particularly if demand for the subject is high.