Fashion and Textiles

GCSE Design and Technology – Fashion and Textiles students will develop a coursework project using their Fashion and Textiles skills. This is worth 50% of their overall GCSE grade. Students will also learn about a wider range of materials and knowledge with Design and Technology in the 21st Century.  Students will sit a written exam in their final GCSE year about a broader knowledge of Design and Technology.

In the first year of the course, students develop their knowledge and understanding in many areas such as differing fibres and fabrics, the technology used in the textiles industry and fabric manipulation and assembly techniques. 

In June, first year GCSE students receive the ‘Contextual Challenges’ for their project work.  Students select 1 from a range of 3 given briefs and begin to research, design and develop work for their coursework project.

Students will sit a practical mock exam in June of their first year to practice their practical making skills. Students will be set ‘low stakes’ written tests throughout their first year to allow them to develop confidence and check their theoretical learning in preparation for the written exam in their final GCSE year.


Year 9/10

Year 10/11

Autumn 1st half term

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Fabric finishes – dyeing, printing, stitching
  • Decorative components
  • Structural components
  • Textile construction and manipulation techniques
  • Health and safety
  • Targeted revision for mock exam
  • Written mock exam 2hr paper October
  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities, 10 marks – component 2
  • Developing a Design brief and specification, 10 marks


Autumn 2nd half term

  • Energy
  • Fabric finishes – physical, chemical, biological
  • Smart, technical, modern materials and composites
  • Sustainability, environmental, social and moral issues
  • Revision for mock exam
  • Written mock exam 2hr paper December
  • Generating and developing design ideas, 30 marks


Spring 1st half term


  • Specifications
  • Textile construction and manipulation techniques continued
  • Woods
  • Ferrous and non ferrous metals
  • 2D and 3D drawing techniques
  • Manufacturing a prototype, 30 marks
  • Practical exam for component 2 February
  • Exam revision

Spring 2nd half term


  • Use of computers in industry
  • Papers and boards
  • Thermoforming and thermosetting polymers
  • Pattern development skills
  • Application of mathematics
  • Electronic control systems
  • Analysing and evaluating design decisions and prototypes, 20 marks
  • Exam revision

Summer 1st half term

  • Design strategies
  • Moral, social and ethical issues
  • Mechanisms
  • Application of mathematics
  • Manufacturing production systems
  • Analysis of past and present designers
  • Written exam 2hr paper

Summer 2nd half term


  • Development of skills for practical mock exam – component 2
  • Practical mock exam – component 2
  • Research and development for ‘Identifying and investigating design possibilities’ – component 2

Course completed 

Curriculum Assessment

Students will be given theory tests in lessons to assess their success and areas for improvement with all theory topics.  Students will sit two DT written exam papers in the Autumn term of their final GCSE year as practice before they sit their final written exam in the Summer term.

Practical skills and coursework developed will be assessed regularly over the course of study to support their progress and learning.  One to one tutorials will be given to students to discuss effective progress and development.