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Welcome to Textiles

My aim in the Textile department is to provide each learner with a creative experience which will develop key textile skills over the course of their study. In Key Stage 3 Learners will develop technical skills such as drawing, painting and printing using a wide range of materials. Learners will be working in 2D and 3D both individually and collaboratively, studying textile designers from the past to the present to inspire and develop their work. The aim is to allow learners to develop their confidence, communication skills and develop their imagination.

Students will produce a power point presentation, and a sketchbook called a ‘look book’ full of drawings, ideas and experiments as well as producing a large final outcome for each project. The project themes are vast but each will aim to inspire, motivate and challenge all students, preparing them for any Art GCSE they wish to opt for.

 Textiles in Year 7

In Year 7 students begin the school year by developing their knowledge of Textiles. Students will also work on a project focusing on a culture of their choosing. This project allows students to understand different cultures and beliefs and they will design and make a pencil case based on their research. The project will give students the opportunity to experiment with different surface embellishment techniques and allow them to produce an individual product that reflects their theme. 

Textiles in Year 8

In Year 8 students begin the school year by refreshing their knowledge of Textiles. Students will also work on a project focusing about Graffiti-Art or Vandalism“. The project allows pupils to learn about the origins of Graffiti and they will make a bespoke mobile phone holder based on the theme and the aesthetic. Pupils will also begin to consider how to promote their product and whether or not it has commercial viability.

Textiles in Year 9

In Year 9 pupils will start to investigate the subject area they would like to focus on for GCSE coursework and will build both their practical skills and theory knowledge in preparation for their GCSE.

AQA GCSE Textiles

This is a legacy qualification, the last exam for this course will be sat in June 2018. It will then be replaced by the Fashion & Textiles Technical Award Levels 1 & 2.

Textiles Technology explores the world of Fashion Textiles, allowing you to develop strong knowledge and understanding of industry practices whilst also nurturing your creative skills.

At key stage 4 the course will provide an opportunity to work in ways similar to a Fashion / Textiles Designer in their design and make projects.

All students will create a portfolio of work, building on research, analytical, investigative and designing skills, which will accompany a final Textiles product of their choice based on a list of project themes.

Throughout the two year course students will learn about new exciting techniques including – silk painting, stencilling, printing, embroidery, quilting, fabric construction, knitting, weaving, embellishment etc.

Textiles Technology is a dynamic GCSE course which will challenge learners to develop a critical and thoughtful approach to designing.

Course Overview

60% Coursework

  • Research
  • Designs
  • Making
  • Evaluation

40% Exam

  • 2 hour paper
  • Drawing task
  • Theory knowledge assessed


Course Content

Designing Skills

You will learn to:

  • be creative and innovative when designing;
  • design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers;
  • understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose;
  • understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society;
  • analyse and evaluate existing products, including those from professional designers;
  • develop and use design briefs and specifications for product development;
  • consider the conflicting demands that moral, cultural, economic, and social values and needs can make in the planning and in the designing of products;
  • consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products;
  • consider health and safety in all its aspects;
  • anticipate and design for product maintenance where appropriate;
  • design for manufacturing in quantity and to be aware of current commercial/industrial processes;
  • use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media),including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals;
  • investigate and select appropriate materials/ingredients and components;
  • plan and organise activities which involve the use of materials/ingredients and components when developing or manufacturing;
  • devise and apply test procedures to check the quality of their work at critical/key points during development, and to indicate ways of modifying and improving it when necessary;
  • be flexible and adaptable when designing;
  • understand the advantages of working collaboratively as a member of a design team;
  • understand the need to protect design ideas.

Making Skills

You will learn to:

  • select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products;
  • consider the solution to technical problems in the design and manufacture process;
  • use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others;
  • work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials/ingredients and components;
  • manufacture products applying quality control procedures;
  • have knowledge of Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) and to use as appropriate;
  • ensure, through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users and devise modifications where necessary that would improve the outcome(s)

Fashion & Textiles Technical Award Levels 1 & 2

This qualification is intended for learners aged 14-16 who are interested in using textiles in a practical way within the context of the fashion industry and wish to develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them for further study and employment within this sector. It will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

Course Overview

Learners will complete three mandatory units (one externally assessed and two internally assessed) spread across 120 guided learning hours. The qualification is synoptic in nature and learners will make clear links between the practical skills they develop through units 1 and 2 and the associated theoretical knowledge in Unit 3.

Unit Number & Title  Assessment 
Unit 1: Skills demonstration  Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 2: Extended making project

 Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
Unit 3: Fundamentals of Fashion and Textiles  Externally assessed assignment

Course Content

The Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles will give learners the opportunity to develop an understanding of:

  • materials, components and technologies and the ability to select these appropriately
  • how to read, interpret and work from drawings, plans and instructions
  • quality and how this can be achieved by making to fine tolerances
  • key technical terminology related to materials and properties
  • commercial and industrial practices within the Fashion and Textiles industries
  • career opportunities in the sector.  

This Level 1/2 Technical Award will enable learners to develop skills in making high quality products using textile materials. Learners will be expected to make a range of products, prototypes and samples, applying technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. They will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies. Learners will also gain an understanding of commercial practice and potential career opportunities in the fashion and textiles industries. The skills and knowledge gained will allow learners to progress to a wide range of courses in both general and vocational qualifications. It is a particularly good preparation for A-level Design and Technology (Fashion & Textiles), related level 3 vocational qualifications, or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment. This qualification prepares learners by developing an in depth knowledge of textile based materials and their practical use within the fashion industry. Learners will also develop valuable transferable skills in teamwork and communication that will be of value to them no matter what career they choose to follow.