Technology: Textiles 

Faculty Leader: Mrs L Hennigan 

The Textiles curriculum has been designed to allow all students to be creative and imaginative when designing and making products that solve real life problems.  It aims to build on student knowledge, understanding and skills while also teaching them about the technical understanding of a developing world to produce high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.  

Students will study a wide range of techniques and materials; from direct techniques and sewing machine skills to natural and manmade fabrics.  They will also look at e-textiles to see how electronics are being used in the production of textiles today.  The Textiles curriculum has been designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter their level of ability, while supporting them in developing their creative skills. 


Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8 students experience each Technology course within a rotation system.  Students will have the opportunity to learn Catering, Design Technology and Textiles throughout the year.  At Key Stage 3, students will complete the following modules: 

  • Health and Safety:  Students are introduced to the health and safety requirements in Textiles to ensure they all know how to be safe, avoid risks and know the consequences to their actions if they fail to uphold the Health and Safety protocol in the classroom.  
  • Fibres to Fabrics:  Students learn the difference between natural and manmade fibres and how they are made into fabric, so they are aware of fabric properties.  
  • Year 7 Keyring Project:  Students develop their understanding of the design and make process and learn basic hand stitching skills and decorative techniques.  
  • Year 8 Pop Art Project:  Building on the skills learnt in Year 7, students will look at four famous Pop Art artists and incorporate them to produce a 2D or 3D fabric outcome using a range of new direct techniques including felting and hand stitching. 

In Year 9 students choose two Technology options from Catering, Design Technology, Graphics and Textiles.  Choosing two Technology subjects allows students to have more time to develop a broader range of skills, which will make the transition easier at GCSE.  

  • Year 9 Wearable Art Project:  Students will look at a range of famous artists and incorporate their work into a 2D or 3D wearable art piece using a range of techniques including a range of direct techniques, needle felting, free machine embroidery and e-textiles.   


Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4 students can choose to study AQA GCSE Art and Design: Textiles.  This course provides students with a range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to develop and explore their personal interests in Textiles.  Students will create designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles.  Throughout their work, students will apply knowledge and understanding on the way sources inspire the development of ideas relevant to textile design through cultural, social, historical, contemporary and environmental issues where necessary to produce a personal response.  

The GCSE course has two components, a portfolio and an externally set assignment, culminating in a 10-hour supervised practical exam.  Students will complete three portfolio projects using the following themes to produce a creative and meaningful outcome: 

  • Nature 
  • The Human Figure  
  • Materials or Wearable Art  


What can I do with a Textiles qualification?  

GCSE in Textiles is not only for people who wish to take their studies further or pursue a career in technology and the creative arts.  It also develops your ability to work independently, think creatively and solve problems.  These are important qualities whether applied to your professional or personal life, skills which colleges, universities and employers are looking for when selecting from a group of applicants.  Such a qualification can lead to careers in, but not limited to, fashion design, interior design, textiles design and textiles technology.