GCSE Textiles Technology

Year 10


Students studying GCSE Textiles Technology at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here.


Unit 1: Written Paper - (45701) - (2 hours –120 marks – 40%)

- Candidates answer all questions in two sections

- Pre-Release material issued.


Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45702)  - (Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%)

Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks. The controlled assessment is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new product.


What is involved?

- Use of the various sewing machines used in the department.
- Processes used in garment making, soft furnishing.
- Industrial applications e.g. batch production, use of computers in the textiles industry, health and safety, testing and environmental considerations i.e. sustainability and carbon footprint.
- Good working practice - time plans and work schedules.
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance - costing.
- Fibres and fabrics, printing and dyeing.
- Decorative processes e.g. applique, quilting, batik, and embroidery.
- Major controlled assessment project involving many of the above skills combined.
- Completed controlled assessment - 60% of whole course.
- Elements of Industrial Production in the Textiles Industry.
- Knowledge of CAD/CAM.
- Use of a variety of tools and techniques to produce textiles items of high quality both decorative and functional.
- Reflection and review of the process of learning experience.
- Written evidence to support any judgments and conclusions made and how to adapt and improve future products.


Key Dates

Students are given deadline dates throughout the controlled assessment. The year plan can be found on Moodle.


Who should study this course?

Do you enjoy:

- Making products?
- Thinking creatively?
- Solving problems?
- Designing textiles products that could be used in the future?
- Using/wearing and testing your ideas?
- Investigating material?


If you said yes to any of the above then this GCSE Textiles Technology course is the ideal subject for you!



How will this course lead to careers involving Textiles?

With this qualification you could go on to further study Art and Design Textiles at A-Level which could lead to various careers such as: fashion designing, interior designing, costume design, retailing, craft industries and scientific textiles development.