D&T - Textiles

Subject: D&T - Textiles
Syllabus Number: AQA 8552
Teachers who lead the subject: Miss M Witherow

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Why study GCSE Design and Technology Textiles

  • Design & Technology Textiles provides you with a natural link between practical subject knowledge and the application of science and mathematics in business and commerce.
  • The coursework component provides, through the design and manufacture of fully functioning products, opportunities to develop key project management skills that you will be able to transfer to any future career.
  • Design & Technology Textiles is a fun, practical, dynamic course and provides opportunities for you to work as individuals or as part of a team on projects such as, Fashion, Interior design, client-based design projects, costume and children’s toys.
  • Design & Technology Textiles at GCSE provides a firm platform for you to build on the core personal, learning and thinking skills developed at KS3. In particular, it develops you into creative, independent thinkers who are confident in applying practical skills and able to innovate and problem solve.
  • Having a Design & Technology Textiles qualification can lead to careers in fields such as Fashion design, Fashion illustration, Costume design, Theatre/Film set design, Textiles artist, Trend forecasting, Interior design, Styling, Retail buyer, Visual merchandising and Textiles researcher. These fast-moving industries are expanding all the time and are some of the largest employers in the UK.

This subject will prepare you to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. It will help you to become a future thinker and confident communicator who can make real, innovative and practical contributions to the challenges we face in the 21st Century. This course will develop you as rounded human beings who can think for themselves and put their ideas into action - in whatever walk of life you choose to follow.

Outline of syllabus content

The course is in two main parts and allows considerable opportunity for you to develop your own ideas. You will be encouraged to recognise and use ICT in the form of CAD/CAM, where appropriate, throughout the course. It will also foster an awareness of sustainability and how design decisions will impact on society and the environment. The course has core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. You will then have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth through the chosen Textiles material area in the written exam and coursework.


Designing & Making (Non Examination Assessment) – approximately 35 hours, 50% of GCSE
Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a broad range of tasks. This includes drawing up a specification, collecting relevant data, researching existing products, presenting results and generating design solutions including prototype modelling. Students will develop a range of skills and techniques appropriate to the task and chosen material area of textiles, working with both hand and machine tools. Students will also learn about a range of industrial and commercial processes and applications, including the use of CAD/CAM.

Written Paper – 2 hours, 50% of GCSE
Knowledge and understanding - students will develop their experience of materials, finishes, manufacturing processes, quality control and health and safety.

This course is dedicated to a series of modules that develop practical and theory core skills and knowledge.

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