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GCSE Course Content

GCSE Textiles offers a unique opportunity for students to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products using fabric.  Students experiment with and investigate a range of both practical (garment construction, dyeing and printing methods, finishing methods and decorative techniques), and theory-based knowledge (fabric properties and characteristics, design and industrial systems, and fashion movements).

Skills required

  • Creativity and flair in order to create innovative designs       
  • The ability to work well on both practical and written work
  • A keen interest in fashion and product design
  • A strong interest in working mainly with fabrics
  • Understanding of how to use a sewing machine would be useful but not essential.


The course is assessed thorugh a project based exam worth 40 % and two coursework projects worth 60 %.

Potential Careers

The course will provide you with an interest in the design of products within the world around you with a particular focus on those which are textiles-based. You could continue your interest in the subject with an A Level in Fashion and Textiles, leading to a foundation or design-based undergraduate course.

Potential careers include: fashion designer, printer, interior designer, product designer, tailor, stylist, fashion retail or textiles designer.

A Level Course Content

A Level textiles provides you with opportunities to develop your creative skills and experiences whilst exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes. Students will be working within several areas which could include: fashion; printed and/or dyed fabric and materials; domestic textiles and wallpaper; interior design; constructed textiles; textile installation. Throughout the course students will be developing practical skills in: dyeing, printing and construction, whilst exploring the work of textile designers and artists and developing an individual style of working.

Career Opportunities:

This course would suit anyone considering a career in the creative industries including those who want to become involved in the fashion, interior, textile and surface design industries. Aside from practical knowledge and skills it will prepare students to become analytical and independent thinkers who are innovative within their work.
Subject Requirements:

Students considering this course should have experience of a Key Stage 4 Art & Design or Design & Technology course.