D&T Textiles

Students can choose GCSE D&T Textiles as one of their options as KS4

What will I study as part of GCSE Design & Technology – Textiles?

This course is about designing and making quality, original textile products.  Students learn about the properties and characteristics of a wide range of fibres, fabrics and components and develop the practical skills needed to make these into attractive and marketable products.
Topics covered over the five terms include:

  • Methods of decorating fabrics
  • How fibres are made into fabrics
  • New technologies in the textile industry, including smart and modern fabrics
  • The use of commercial patterns to make an item of clothing
  • Moral and ethical issues affecting textile products.
  • Sustainability and environmental issues affecting textile products

Although it is not absolutely essential, it is recommended that students have access to a sewing machine.  Students also need to be prepared to buy fabrics, patterns and components.

How will I learn this?

  • Through class discussions and activities
  • By researching a fashion designer’s work and making a class presentation
  • By completing a work book of samples
  • By developing skills including planning and research, understanding design, product and manufacturing specifications, practical skills and evaluation
  • By evaluating existing products and designing and making your own product to a chosen theme

What is the exam format?

A Controlled Assessment
A single project following the Design and Make process, focusing on a design brief chosen from a range offered, including clothing, home furnishings and handicraft items. This is worth 60% of the final examination grade and will start in the summer of Year 10 to be completed by the end of February in Year 11.

Final examination
A 2-hour written paper worth 40% of the final grade.

Examining Board:  AQA

What careers might this lead to?

Textile Manufacturing and Management, Costume Design for films and television and Fashion Design.
There are several courses that can be studied at A-Level including Art, Textiles, Product Design and Design Technology. Beyond this, students can study Fashion and Textiles at degree level.