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GCSE Textiles

Why study this course?

The aim of the Textiles Technology course is to explore textiles through fashion, furnishings and product design. GCSE Textiles will appeal to students who like working and designing with a wide range of fabrics and who enjoy finding out how these fabrics are made, decorated and shaped. During the course students are offered opportunities to visit places of interest, which help with research and the development of design ideas. No prior knowledge or skills are needed, as these are taught during the course, but a willingness to learn and a good work ethic are essential.

What content is covered? [Exam Board: AQA]

The course follows the AQA Exam Board syllabus.

Topics covered on this course include:

  • Textile fibres;
  • Fabric production including weaving, knitting and felt making;
  • Sustainable textiles;
  • Modern technologies including computer applications and smart materials.
  • Social, moral and ethical issues in the textile industry;
  • Adding colour, pattern, fabric finishes and surface decoration;
  • Joining and shaping techniques;
  • Product design including fashion clothing.

Practical skills are taught with an emphasis on good craftsmanship and quality outcomes. Design and research skills are important aspects of this course. In all of the work covered manufacture and industrial processes are considered.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment is 60% controlled task and 40% written examination.

The controlled assessment starts at the end of Year 10 and is completed in Year 11. Each student chooses and responds to a design brief from a wide range of options set by the ex-am board. A design portfolio and accompanying practical outcome is produced.

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