Learners studying Textiles will gain opportunities to develop technical skills that they will find valuable throughout their lives. Through Textiles, students can learn, practise and develop a variety of techniques such as Block Printing, Transfer painting and printing, Applique, Machine Embroidery, Hand Embroidery, Batik, Tie-dying and Stencil making.

Learners will research artists, designers and companies to help inspire their own design work in order to develop ideas through to a final product. Students will practise analysing existing products that are already on the market, as well as understand how to use and adapt paper patterns. Students will be able to produce a wide variety of different textile samples that incorporate other fabrics, stitch and print.

We are introducing a new method of setting homework for pupils in KS3 called ‘Takeaway Homework’. This is where pupils will be given a list of all the possible homework for each topic. Pupils will then need to complete a set number of homework from this list. Parents/carers will be able to see what homework is being set and discuss and decide which homework they should attempt for each topic. The homework will consist of different levels to suit the needs of all pupils. We want to encourage all pupils to attempt at least one higher level piece of homework per topic.


Subject Name Syllabus Examination Board
Textiles Technology 4130 WJEC

In this course students continue to develop their skills in designing and making, using textiles as the design material.  They will examine the development of textiles products in the commercial context as well as enjoying the practical and useful activity of fashion design.

The course provides opportunities for students to apply aesthetic, moral, social, economic and industrial awareness in their design work. Students are encouraged to use a range of communication skills (verbal, graphical, ICT and modelling skills) to help their thinking and their ability to take action in the process of the design.

Topics covered will include:

  • Developing, planning and communication
  • Environmental and sustainable issues
  • Other designers and practitioners
  • Commercial manufacturing practices

This GCSE course is 60% Controlled Assessment based (Unit 2) and 40% examination.  Students will be asked to undertake one Controlled Assessment Task that has been divided into two sections.  This GCSE will involve a lot of writing, researching, analysis and problem solving.

Why this subject is important?

Students will choose this subject if they want to develop their knowledge in the Textiles Technology field. An important element of this course is practical production (textiles) and learning about existing fashion designers so students must be prepared to take part in this activity.

What skills will I use?

  • Analysing
  • Communication
  • Development
  • Evaluation
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Practical textiles making
  • Problem Solving
  • Research
  • Working with Others

What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?

It is a requirement of the specification that candidates complete a 30 hour design, make and evaluate task.  Teachers will monitor that the time limit is adhered to and that the contributions of candidates are recorded accurately and that plagiarism does not take place. The task cannot be done at home and must be done under the supervision of the class teacher. There is a lot of writing and theory work involved with this task.

Strict deadlines are given throughout the year with the final coursework due in the April of the student’s last year.

How will be final grade be awarded?

The final GCSE is 60% Controlled Assessment Task and 40% written exam.  The Controlled Assessment Task is divided into two sections: Section A is concerned with designing the product and Section B is concerned with planning, making and evaluating the product. The exam is a 2 hour written paper.

Any extra-curricular activities?

Extra study club is given for Year 11 on Wednesday after school for 1 hour.

Progression – careers and further study

Studying Textiles Technology can lead to a career and/or further study in Textiles design, fashion design, costume design, set design.

If you need further advice, who do you speak to?

Any Textiles teacher.

An exciting competition is being run within the Textiles department. Follow the link below to find out more and speak to your Textiles teacher to get involved!

2016 ‘Product in a Tin’ Competition: D&T Textiles​

by Julie Boyd