GCSE Textiles


Examination Subject Design & Technology: Textiles Technology
Examination Qualification GCSE
Examination Board AQA
Tier of Entry Single A* - G

Course Content:

You will learn about the uses of textiles in everyday life and the endless opportunities to create an exciting ‘new look’ or enhance an  ‘old look’ through the skilful use of fabrics.  You will have to gain knowledge about fabrics and fibres in relation to fashion or furnishings, and have an understanding of industrial practices and computer-aided design.

Design and Making Skills

Design and Technology is a practical subject area, which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.  The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge.  For example, research can involve not only investigating printed matter and people’s opinions, but also investigating proportions, sizes, finishes, decorative techniques, patterns and materials through practical work.

Materials and Components

Candidates should build upon the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study to develop a working knowledge of textiles materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing.

Assessment of Course

Unit 1:  Written Paper          40% of total marks – Candidates to answer all questions in two sections.

In design questions, candidates may respond either through fashion or a furnishing approach. A Preparation Sheet will be issued to centres at the beginning of March.  This sheet will give advance notice of the design context for some questions. All questions are compulsory.

Unit 2:  Coursework Project: 60% of total marks, approximately 45 hours allowed.  Coursework will follow controlled assessment criteria and is externally moderated.  Coursework consists of a project which addresses all the assessment objectives in an integrated way.  The evidence required for the project consists of a 3-dimensional product and a concise design folder with appropriate ICT and evidence of CAD/CAM which are now compulsory.

Coursework Details:

You will be expected to produce an extended, integrated ‘design and make’ task by producing a design folder and the actual item selected from a range of board set tasks. All work will need to be completed in college under the supervision of the teacher.  We hope this realisation will be functional, aesthetically pleasing and fun to make.

Coursework and Module Test Schedule:

Final coursework project will begin shortly after Easter in Year 10 with completion halfway through Year 11.  Written Paper will be in summer term of Year 11.

Progression from this examination:

A/AS Levels are available at Christ the King and other colleges.

Careers Information:

This could lead to a range of careers relating to textiles design and manufacture including fabrics; fashion; costume; soft furnishings; tailoring and textiles technology engineering.

Further Information:             See Mr Sivell 

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