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D&T Fashion & Textiles

Qualification: GCSE Design & Technology - Fashion & Textiles
Examination Board: Edexcel

The Textiles course offers progression from KS3 study. The course is designed to develop your practical design and making skills and theoretical knowledge of design. During year 10, projects include a design and make task, learning about textiles and wider issues in design. You will study theoretical and research activities to help you find out about fibres, fabrics and smart materials. You will become a problem solver, a creative thinker and designer. Whether you choose to pursue a design path in the future or not, you will have developed and gained a range of skills valued by many employers.

Is this course right for you?

  • Are you a creative person, who enjoys crafts, fabric, fashion and making things?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team and as an individual?
  • Are you fascinated by technology and how the world is changing?
  • Are you interested in pursuing a career in Fashion, Interior Design or Textiles Design?

Remember - Textiles is not just for girls, we welcome boys too.

You do not need to have a sewing machine at home as all practical work must be done in school.

What does the course involve?

You will begin with focused practical tasks to quickly develop your designing and making skills.

You will be able to explore how textiles products are made.

You will be able to design and make complex textile products.

You will also learn about the wider issues of design in society and about key materials product designers use.

What about controlled assessments and exams?

You will start your controlled assessment project in June of year 10. This will give you an opportunity to demonstrate all the skills you have learned to date and develop even more advanced ones. This piece of work will continue through most of year 11.
 When your coursework is complete you will begin a period of intense exam preparation, ensuring there are no gaps in your knowledge.
 You will complete an exam at the end of year 11. This exam lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
 The controlled assessment project accounts for 50% of the qualification and the exam paper provides the remaining 50% of the mark.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

There are many opportunities a Textiles qualification will lead to. Those with a specific design focus include:

  • Fashion Garment Designer
  • Fabric Designer
  • Textiles Technologist
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Retail Marketing
  • Textile Science
  • Theatre Wardrobe Design

After GCSE you may go on to study A-Level Textiles at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre or any relevant BTEC course, such as Art and Design or Fashion at other providers.

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