Textiles GCSE

About the Course

GCSE Textile Design is a very practical and creative subject which provides a strong basis from which to progress onto any Art and Design based course at A level and beyond. Pupils learn a wide variety of subject specific and transferable skills and develop as independent learners over the two year course.  It is a rewarding, enjoyable and challenging course.

Exam Board

<p><b>AQA</b></p> <p>Coursework: 40%</p> <p>External Exam: 60%</p>

Course Content

At Hall Cross we follow the AQA Art & Design - Textile Design course. Students explore visual information to develop ideas, complete preparatory work and produce textile based outcomes. Experimentation with a variety of techniques and processes is a key part of the course. These include fabric printing, batik and transfer, construction and felting, stitching and embroidery and fabric manipulation.  Textile artists, fashion designers and contemporary and historical sources are just a few of the influences that are used to inspire creative and innovative ideas within areas of Textiles. Students’ diverse and individual approaches can be realised in a variety of outcomes including fashion, printed or 3D, constructed, stitched or embellished textiles. The careers this subject could lead you to is :
  • Content Creator
  • Costume Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Marketing
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Footwear Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Pattern Maker
  • Print Designer
  • Stylist
  • Textile Designer
  • Weaver

Beyond the Classroom

Creative study through the medium of Textiles is a rewarding activity.  It develops independent thinking and personal creativity which could then lead on to further study or a lifetime hobby.  Groups are small so there is a great emphasis on developing pupil individuality.   Pupils who have an A level in Textile Design can then study at degree level.  Career options after completion of a Textiles degree are wide-ranging and include fashion, interior design, costume and set design, teaching, buying and merchandising.

Your Future

From a Student Perspective I enjoy Textiles a lot because it’s all about your own choices and being creative with a range of techniques. It’s also very good because you can come in to the department outside of lesson time whenever you want and there is no written exam. - Year 11 Student