Textiles Technology

Unlocking creativity….


Textiles allows the pupil to design and make a number of practical pieces. Using a range of fabrics, embellishments and their creative flair each student can explore the possibilities of working with Textiles. Students study fabrics, fashion, technology and interior design.

We follow the WJEC exam board syllabus.


Written Paper Unit 1 40% 

Controlled Assessment Unit 2 60%

Unit 1 Written Paper

The Basics

.It is a 2-hour examination.

The students will need extended practice to be able to complete the examination.

The examination can be taken in year 10 and/or year 11; the best mark being carried forward.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Task Requirement

 It is to be completed in the second year of course.

The Project Briefs are set by the board.

The Basics

 This replaces the coursework element of the present course.

 Start to think in terms of Controlled Assessment Task, not project work.

In simple terms, a design and make task in 30 hours.

 All the work is to be done in school.

 It is work that is done under supervision.

 These will change each year.

The work is to be done in the controlled assessment workbook.

The examples shown below typify the briefs that will be set.

  • Brief 1: Fashion -Fashion is constantly changing and the demand for innovative new styles and products ever increasing. A local store, specialising in promoting the work of local designers, needs replacement products for the new season.
  • Brief 2: Interior Design -Accessories enhance and finish any room setting. A large retail outlet requires new products to compliment and extend the current ranges.
  • Brief 3: Theatrical -A local theatre and dance company is looking to stage a popular musical drama. Costumes are needed for the production.

Useful resources


Each year we have a trip to see the Clothes Show Live! A fantastic educational experience for our

Future designer


A brief description of KS3 course

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils design their own piece of fabric using our state of the art sublimation printing system. Pupils will look at colour, pattern and shape to produce an eye-catching print. This project is the introduction to new tools and equipment such as the sewing machine. Pupils are then able to gain their sewing licence in year 7 which enables them to sew and construct a pencil case roll. Numeracy lessons within Textiles involve the accurate measurements of the compartments in the pencil roll.

Year 8

The year 8 project involves literacy skills to start the module. The pupils research recycling and the problem with plastic bags. They then design and make a fabric bag for life. The colouring techniques in this project include Tie and Dye and transfer paper. Pupils use the tools and equipment within the department developing their machining skill and accuracy. For the product to work measurements need to be accurate. The bag for life needs to be bright, eye catching and fit for purpose.

Year 9

Creativity is the key to the Year 9 project. We look closely at Interior design and designing a cushion for a room of their choice. Pupils are encouraged to use a range of fabrics, techniques and fastenings to produce an interesting product. The pupils are able to use the Computerised sewing machines to personalise their cushion. They have more freedom within this project to explore and enjoy textile techniques. Pupils are able to progress to GCSE course in Textiles studying Fashion and Interior design.