Why study Textiles Technology?

GCSE Textiles Technology allows you to build upon and develop your textile skills gained in Key Stage 3. It is an exciting and creative course whereby you will design and make a textile product of your choice.  You will develop a deeper understanding of the theory of textiles and will use this to support your design and make activity.

Students studying Textiles Technology will be required to:

  • design creatively
  • make products
  • apply computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM),
  • discover digital media and new technologies
  • analyse and evaluate processes and products

A qualification in GCSE Textiles can lead on to an A Level qualification in the subject which could in turn lead to further education and employment in such areas as fashion design, interior design, fashion buying, merchandising, fashion styling and trend forecasting, magazine work and costume design.

What will I study?

In Years 10 and 11 you will build upon your knowledge obtained at Key Stage 3 through creative and practical “design and make” assignments. You will undertake one major Controlled Assessment piece, which requires you to develop your capabilities and skills within textiles when researching, designing, reviewing, planning, making, testing and evaluating your final product.

You will also develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in Textiles Technology through regular theory based lessons.

What happens in lessons?

GCSE Textiles Technology lessons will consist of practical and theory based lessons.  Practical projects include decorative skills and construction techniques, learning how to make patterns and garments. In theory based lessons you will study a range of materials, techniques and processes used in Textiles.

Towards the end of Year 10 and into Year 11 all your Textiles lessons will become focused around your individual design and make activity.

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Textiles Technology involves Controlled Assessment and External Assessment:

  • Unit 1 60% Controlled Assessment – You will complete a creative design and make activity based on an externally set brief.
  • Unit 2 40% External Assessment – You will complete a 2 hour exam on your knowledge and understanding of Textiles.

What skills will I need?

To be successful in GCSE Textiles you will need:

  • An interest in textiles, design and the fashion industry
  • An enthusiastic approach to learning new skills and new information
  • A dedicated and organised attitude in order to oversee your design and make activity
  • ICT skills so that work can be annotated and presented to a good standard