Key Stage






Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020






Design Technology

Course Content & Assessment

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

Textiles is the applied art dedicated to the design of clothing, and interior and lifestyle accessories.

Students explore a variety of surface enhancement techniques, such as embroidery, heat tool techniques, dyeing and printing. These are developed through their own direct observational work and their research into both past and present artists and designers. Work is presented as a coursework portfolio which includes one or more final pieces as either at 2D or 3D outcome.
Students are encouraged to continue their studies into A-Level which also follows the AQA syllabus. Students produce a portfolio in both Years 12 and 13 which demonstrates how they have used the design process to design and make an original food product. This involves trialling and developing a range of design ideas and the completion of a final product.

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.

Students can progress into the following further education or employment areas once having gained an A-Level grade in Textiles:

Art & design foundation, graphic design, advertising and marketing, interior design, fashion design, fashion promotion, fashion marketing, visual merchandising industrial design, illustration, textile design, architecture, fashion journalism.