GCSE Textiles

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Awarding Body


Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mrs Slaughter

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

Component 1: Portfolio


The Portfolio consists of a sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief. The Portfolio will evidence the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study.


It will also be supplemented by a selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student's specific role in any group work undertaken.


Component 2: Externally set assignment


AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title.


The externally set assignment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time.

What will I study?

You will be introduced to a variety of textiles experiences, exploring a range of Textile media and techniques that allow you to take your work into your chosen area of fashion, interior textiles or art. All practical outcomes and products will be supported by sketchbook work to show your skills, experimentation and development when looking at a range of themes, artists and genre's; both contemporary and traditional. This will be integral to the investigating and making process. You will be aware of the four Assessment Objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product. You will explore drawing using a variety of methods and mixed media. You will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:


  • An awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and repetition.

  • An appreciation of the relationship of form and function and the constraints of working to a brief.

  • An understanding of a variety of Textile methods, such as a wide range of fabric printing methods, dye methods, batik, 3D fabric construction, applique, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery).


You will be expected to demonstrate an overarching knowledge, understanding and skills from the following areas of study:


  • Fashion design

  • Fashion Textiles & Accessories

  • Costume and Theatre Design

  • Digital textiles

  • Printed and/or dyed fabric and materials

  • Interior design

  • Constructed textiles

  • Art textiles

  • Installed textiles

How is the course assessed?

Component 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60%


Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%

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