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D&T - Textiles

Level GCSE
Exam Board AQA

Do you love all things fabric? From clothes to interior design, then you might be interested in a career in fashion or design.

GCSE Textiles is an exciting opportunity to experiment with different types of fabrics and techniques such as: appliqué, sewing machine work, felting, batik, silk painting and screen-printing.

You will create a detailed portfolio of work that will conclude with the making of a high quality product. Design subjects develop key life skills and equip you with the knowledge and confidence to problem solve, experiment and analyse. Skills that you will use every day even if you decide not to pursue a design based activity as a career choice. 

The Course

GCSE Textiles helps you develop your creativity by giving you the freedom to select your own focus for your coursework.  Project ideas can be selected from a wide range of areas, such as fashion, accessories, interiors and soft furnishings. You can adapt the design briefs to suit your own particular area of interest.

This two-unit specification requires you to develop your ability to make textile products and build on the skills and knowledge you acquired in Key Stage 3.


  • Unit 1: Written Paper - 2 hours - 120 marks - 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections.
    Pre-release material is issued prior to the exam as section one has a particular theme. Students can try answering practice questions around the theme before taking the exam.
  • Unit 2: Controlled Assessment - Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60%
    Consists a single design and make activity selected from a range of exam board set tasks.

Post-16 Choices

To progress onto KS5, students need GCSE Grade B or above in any art subject. Typical career paths include: textile artist, artist-in-residence, printmaker, jeweller, mosaic artist and greeting card designer.

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