This course will give students a wide variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies including CAD/ CAM. The traditional skills include; dying, printing, embellishing, weaving, pattern making and manufacturing processes. The CAD/ CAM skills include; the use of the laser cutter for cutting or engraving patterns and shapes into fabric and the use of the computerised embroidery machine.

The work you will undertake will include

  • Research using the internet and on various trips
  • Drawing and designing
  • Experimenting with materials and processes such as print making, dyeing fabric, batik,
  • Using new technology, laser cutting fabric, large repeat pattern printing using the 2D printer
  • Pattern making
  • Using the sewing machines
  • Making garments and soft furnishings
  • Testing and showcasing work (fashion shows, craft shows)


This is for students who enjoy making high-quality products. The course combines Computer Aided Design with traditional design and make skills.

If you are into fashion or interior design this could be the right choice for you.

  • Helps you develop your creativity.
  • Develop your ability to design and make textile products such as fashion garments and accessories or interior furnishings.
  • Learning a vast array of new skills, using specialist equipment and technology.
  • Opportunities for trips and exhibiting work in fashion shows and galleries.
  • Well supported and inspired to get high grades from experienced staff.

Examples of career paths in textiles include:

  • ​Fashion design
  • Costume & Theatre design
  • Textile Design
  • Surface Pattern design
  • Interior design
  • Magazine & Media
  • Industry
  • Stylist & Fashion
  • Photography
  • Retail Buyer or
  • Merchandiser
  • Window Display Designer
  • Make-up artist


The course will be broken down into two sections:

Component 1: Personal Portfolio. (Worth 60% of the GCSE)

This will be a broad project based on a chosen theme where students can reflect on personal experiences, observations and recordings. They will develop skills from their research and present their whole project as a final piece.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (Worth 40% of the GCSE)

This assignment will draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Component 1.

There is unlimited preparation time.

10 hours of sustained focused study.

Candidates respond to their chosen starting point.


This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.