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Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has immense value as a GCSE subject.

Textile Design is a versatile practice that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, and processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching and printing to create designs and products. Textile designers work in multi-disciplinary ways to create ideas, materials and techniques for different applications. Textile designers also play an important role in the world of fashion, theatre, performance and retail.

You will learn to; apply a creative approach to problem solving; consider and develop original ideas from initiation to realisation; analyse critically their own work and the work of others; express individual thoughts and choices confidently; take risks, experiment and learn from mistakes.


The students must demonstrate integrated knowledge, understanding and skills. Work is not limited to one area of study and students could develop work in at least one of the following areas of study; Constructed textiles, Dyed fabrics, Printed fabrics, Fashion design, Soft furnishings, Stitched and/or embellished textiles.
Component 1: Personal portfolio 
Students will work within the title ‘Textile Design’.
Students will create a personal portfolio of work that demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills of Textile Design through practical applications.
This component allows students opportunities to:
develop and explore ideas
research primary and contextual sources
experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes
present personal responses to themes set by the teacher.
Component 2: Externally set assignment ; 10 hours focused task 
The Externally Set Assignment (ESA) represents the culmination of the GCSE course as it draws together all the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Component 1.
Students must present personal response(s) to an externally set broad-based thematic starting point, set by the exam board.
The ESA paper will be released on 2 January each year is given to the students as soon as it is released.


Exam board: EdExcel
Component 1: Personal Portfolio (internally set) 60%
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%

Legacy Specification – Year 11 only


GCSE Textile Technology is a course aimed at students who wish to explore their creativity and problem solving skills.
The course will develop and build on your existing knowledge and skills learnt throughout KS3 and will also introduce new skills, techniques and technologies through a series of challenges, mini projects and experiments.
During Yr10, you will learn about a range of decorative techniques, textile product construction and materials and components used in textile design and manufacture. You will be expected to produce a portfolio of resources made through research, practical sampling and experimenting. This will run alongside two design and make projects. A research and design folder will need to be completed to support the practical work produced.
You will explore and experiment with a range of both traditional and modern fabrics, fibres, dyes and printing techniques. You will learn construction, shaping and finishing processes and learn how to transform your ideas into 2D drawings and then into a finished product.


In Year 11 the primary focus will be on an independent controlled assessment which carries 60% of the final GCSE mark. This brief is set by the exam board and students will need to produce a portfolio (usually done as an A3 Power Point) which includes, research, design work, experimentation, analysis and evaluation. In addition to this you will produce a practical solution to the brief. You can opt to direct your studies towards fashion or interior textiles design.
Once this project is complete you will focus on the two part textile exam. This will account for 40% of the marks awarded for the GCSE.