Students will experience Textiles lessons once every two weeks through Years 7 to 9 and they then have the option to study the subject at G.C.S.E Level and possibly A-Level. There are a number of exciting projects completed in this time that give students a chance to learn about fabric construction as well as being creative.


GCSE (9-1) Textiles (OCR J174)

Course aims

GCSE Textiles contains four objectives which will enable students to:


  • Develop and apply skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between other Textiles artists and their own work and the study of Textile techniques and processes.

  • Develop and apply decision-making skills through personal experimentation and refection becoming confident in taking risks.

  • Record their ideas, observations and insights via visual methods such as drawing, photography, stitching, modelling and written annotation.

  • Make decisions, become confident and combine a range of construction, stitching, digital printing, embellishing and decorative artistic textiles skills in order to create quality images, samples and outcomes.



 A portfolio of practical work consisting of two units fulfilling the four above objectives (60%)

Assessment via a ten hour practical examination from an externally set topic (40%)


Course Structure

 Unit 1: Internally set project

Workshop and skill based sessions to improve skills and knowledge including garment construction.

Approaches to recording including drawing.

Critical analysis.

The Design Process.

Sketchbooks and final piece.


Unit 2: Internally set project

Making a quality piece. Student may choose topic area to investigate such as Costume, Twentieth Century Design and Natural Influences

The Design Process.

Sketchbooks and final piece.


Unit 3: Externally set project

Topic content is released in the January of Year 11 culminating in a practical examination in the June.

The Design Process.

Portfolio/ Sketchbook.

Final piece created during the examination.