Textile Design

Course specification: WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1)

This course introduces students to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies e.g. computerised embroidery and digital printing.

Textiles fashion showIt gives students the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest and allows the creation of designs and products of woven, knitted, stitched or printed fabrics and involves an understanding of fibers, yarns and fabrics.

Students will learn to explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary textile designers and makers, as well as the different purposes, intentions and functions of textile design as appropriate to their own work.

There are close links between constructed, embellished, printed, sewn and dyed methods of textile design and with fashion design and installed textiles. Students will also explore drawing for different purposes and needs as part of this course and they will use sketchbooks to record their work throughout the project.

Areas of study

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Textile Design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • Constructed textiles
  • Digital textiles
  • Dyed fabrics
  • Printed fabrics
  • Fashion design
  • Installed textiles
  • Soft furnishing
  • Stitched and/or embellished textiles


Component 1: Portfolio - 60% of GCSE

Students are producing a practical portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. The project will be based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points.

Non-exam assessment (NEA) tasks are set and marked by a teacher and moderated by WJEC Eduqas at the end of Year 11. Total marks available are 120.

Component 2: Externally set assignment - 40% of GCSE

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives. A preparation period which will begin from 2 January is followed by 10 hour period of sustained focus work in which students are required to realise their intentions unaided and under supervised conditions.

Non-exam assessment (NEA) is set by WJEC Eduqas; assessed by the teacher and externally moderated at the end of Year 11. Total marks available are 80.

Optional trip: GCSE and A Level Textile Trip to London (Year 10). Approximate cost: £18.

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