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Textiles GCSE is a Key Stage 4 option for students from September 2015. If you enjoy fashion design and the fashion industry then Textiles is the option for you.

Do you want to work in one of the biggest industries in the U.K. today? The world of fashion design. High street retail, home furnishings, product design, marketing and all aspects of business are all career paths possible with a textiles background.

What will I be doing if I choose Textiles?

Year 10 will be mainly spent developing practical skills and knowledge for the coursework. This is a hands-on course and students will develop a wide range of textiles related skills.

Year 11 will be mainly spent completing the controlled task coursework and preparation for the exam, again with emphasis on practical activity.

Signposts/After leaving school?
There are a variety of Design Technology Textiles courses available at sixth form college leading on to apprenticeships or AS, A2 courses as well as BTEC courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Pattern cutting, soft furnishings and many more.

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Lots of practical work to develop skills with a fashion bias with construction of garments or related items (children’s toys, home furnishings etc.) including decorative techniques, fabric manipulation, CAD/CAM and embroidery.
Gain up to date knowledge of the world of fashion and textiles and textiles technology.

Each year we will aim to visit the ‘Clothes Show’ at the NEC and other relevant exhibitions as an exciting dimension to researching the world of fashion.


  • Coursework is set by the exam board and is worth 60% of the final grade
  • 2 hour written exam worth 40% of the final grade

The specification (AQA Textiles Technology) covers:

  • Fibres and fabrics including smart fabrics
  • Finishing processes; dyeing, printing, decoration
  • Components e.g. zips, buttons, threads, trimmings, labels including the electronic advancements in component design
  • Product analysis and design; trend forecast, target market
  • Social, cultural, moral, health and safety and environmental issues
  • Processes, manufacture, production planning, quality assurance
  • Information and communication technology
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