Textile Design

Team Leader Textiles:
Miss Melissa Witherow
Teacher of Textiles & Art:
Miss Millie Cahill
Teacher of Textiles / Head of Andrewes House:
Mr Rob Goldsmith

Key Stage 3

TextilesThe KS3 Design Technology Textiles curriculum at Bishop Luffa is varied, challenging, and centred on creativity.  From Year 7 onwards pupils are encouraged to become independent inquirers, team players and confident practitioners.

Pupils in Year 7 develop their practical and designing skills through a series of projects that include Christmas decorations, juggling balls and weaving. All pupils will be required to use technical equipment such as sewing machines, overlockers and CAD/CAM to creatively develop their work.

Year 8 pupils are encouraged to explore new techniques and develop their designing with a succession of innovative projects. They will design and create solutions for a high visibility bag and a cultural cushion design brief.

Year 9 pupils gain knowledge and skills which promote independent learning which are strongly connected to the GCSE examination. The pupils design and make a charity based wallet and a customized a t-shirt in these two exciting and popular projects.

Throughout KS3, there are extra-curricular opportunities in textiles where pupils can develop skills learnt in lesson in a relaxing, safe and inspiring environment.

KS3 Textiles Steps

Key Stage 4

Textiles 2

Why study Textile Design?

Textile Design could lead to a wide range of jobs such as fashion designing, interior designing, costume design, retailing, hotel, tourist and leisure industries, craft industries and scientific textiles development. If you are interested in any aspect of the Fashion, Textiles and Art then this is the course for you.

Textile Design enables you to:

  • Explore a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.
  • Investigate relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.
  • Create practical and critical activities which demonstrate understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
  • Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals/ portfolio to develop drawn designs and present practical skills and the importance of process as well as a final outcome.

Outline of syllabus content

Starting in Year 10 candidates will cover projects where you will be developing ideas through investigations and research, refining ideas through experimenting and learning techniques and processes and recording ideas. Candidates will present a meaningful and informed response to each project in the form of a final piece or a textile product.

Candidates will be introduced to a variety of experiences including:-

  • fashion
  • costume design
  • printed and dyed materials
  • constructed and applied textiles
  • embellished textiles


Unit 1 Controlled Assessment – work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project – the work is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA – 60%
Unit 2 15 hours of sustained focused study – unlimited preparation time - Question papers issued from January – of Y11 candidates respond to their chosen starting point - the work is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA – 40%

For further details follow this link - GCSE Textile Design exam specification