GCSE is about having an adventurous, enquiring and risk taking approach to Textiles Design, it involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, and processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching, bonding, felting and printing to create a wide range of designs and products. Students will learn how textile designers work in multi-disciplinary ways to create ideas, materials and techniques for different applications.

Students will become designer makers and creatively and practically develop a broad range of skills associated with the design and making process.

Key Skills

•Developing creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities when exploring and making textiles images, artefacts and products.
•Becoming confident in taking risks and learning from experiences when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques.
Developing critical understanding through investigate, analytical, experimental, practical and expressive skills

Curriculum Overview

Topics/ skills- Zentangle and 80’s/ 90’s games character inspired fabric postcards and cushions.

•Hand skills- stitching accurately, cutting accurately
•Design skills- designing
•Basic ideas generation
•Making skills
•Hand embroidery
•Basic Paper pattern making
•Basic sewing machine skills
•How to evaluate final product

Project- Moth/ butterfly Soft Sculpture
Topics/ skills

•Artist research- Yumi Okita and Mr Finch
•Research-Observational design drawing, technique sampling,
•Designing process- initial leaf designs and print designs linking to soft sculpture.
•Printing methods classroom and industry
•Repeat patterns/ fabric print design
•Press printing
•Heat transfer printing
•Machine skills- with a range of stitches
•Product construction
•Evaluation at all parts of design process

Year 10 Year 11

Project 1- interiors product theme food
•Research- primary- photographs, drawings/ sketches
•Artists focusing on food
•Textile artists/ designers using food as themes, Lucy Sparrow, Emma Pyrah, Holly Levell
•Refinement of designs through sampling – links to textiles designers and artists
•Final design generation (hand or machine drawn)
•Soft sculpture piece linking to Lucy Sparrow/ Emma Pyrah and/ or Holly Levell

Project 2-
Summer Term
Sustained Project
•Continuous line drawing- link to Kazuhito Takadoi and Boris Schmitz
•Sampling linking to Schmitz and Takadoi
•Amy Blackwell artist link
•Sampling linking to Blackwell

Autumn 1, 2 AND Spring 1
Project- Nature

•Textile artists linking to pupils interests and ideas development
•Sampling- including CAD development
•Development of final pieces which are developed from investigations and sampling- these will be focusing on pupils strengths so will be personalised.

Spring 2

ESA – set by exam board introduced and researched

End of April 10 hour controlled exam sat



Internal assessments take place every half term. The GCSE in Textiles Design contains two units that are broken down into tasks and activities. There is no written examination at the end of the course. Instead you will have to complete the Unit 1 coursework project over two-years (worth 60% of your final grade) and then for 8 weeks work towards and sit Unit 2, an externally set assignment ending in a ten hour timed exam (worth 40% of your final grade).

The timed set task takes place over a two day period and involves you producing a finished piece of textiles work. This could be within any of the areas of textile design listed, Constructed textiles, digital textiles, dyed fabrics, printed fabrics, fashion design and illustration, installed textiles, soft furnishings and or interiors or stitched/ embellished textiles.

All work is marked by the textiles teacher and then again by an external moderator. A selection of work is also put on display at the end of year Creative Arts exhibition.

Exam Board Specification: AQA

Year 11- Click here for specification

Year 9 and 10 – Click here for specification

Enrichment Offer

Intervention to maximise performance and consolidate prior learning is at the heart of our delivery model.

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