Students can choose GCSE D&T Textiles as one of their options as KS4
What will I study as part of GCSE Design & Technology – Textiles?
This course is about designing and making quality, original textile products. Students learn about the properties and characteristics of a wide range of fibres, fabrics and components and develop the practical skills needed to make these into attractive and marketable products.
Topics covered over the five terms include:
- Methods of decorating fabrics
- How fibres are made into fabrics
- New technologies in the textile industry, including smart and modern fabrics
- The use of commercial patterns to make an item of clothing
- Moral and ethical issues affecting textile products.
- Sustainability and environmental issues affecting textile products
Although it is not absolutely essential, it is recommended that students have access to a sewing machine. Students also need to be prepared to buy fabrics, patterns and components.
How will I learn this?
- Through class discussions and activities
- By researching a fashion designer’s work and making a class presentation
- By completing a work book of samples
- By developing skills including planning and research, understanding design, product and manufacturing specifications, practical skills and evaluation
- By evaluating existing products and designing and making your own product to a chosen theme
What is the exam format?
A Controlled Assessment
A single project following the Design and Make process, focusing on a design brief chosen from a range offered, including clothing, home furnishings and handicraft items. This is worth 60% of the final examination grade and will start in the summer of Year 10 to be completed by the end of February in Year 11.
A 2-hour written paper worth 40% of the final grade.
Examining Board: AQA
What careers might this lead to?
Textile Manufacturing and Management, Costume Design for films and television and Fashion Design.
There are several courses that can be studied at A-Level including Art, Textiles, Product Design and Design Technology. Beyond this, students can study Fashion and Textiles at degree level.