Textiles allows the pupils to design and make a number of practical pieces. Using a range of fabrics, embellishments and their creative flair each learner can explore the possibilities of working with Textiles. Pupils study topics linked to fabrics, fashion, technology and interior design.


Early in the Key Stage, 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’ 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.

Following on from this, 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. Creativity is key in textiles. 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 later project to explore and enjoy textile techniques. Pupils are able to progress to the GCSE course in Textiles studying Fashion and Interior design.


We follow the WJEC specification for the course and it is structured as follows:

  • Written Paper Unit 1 40% 
  • Controlled Assessment Unit 2 60%

Unit 1 Written Paper – Learners will need extended practice to be able to complete the examination.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Task Requirement. The Project Briefs are set by the board. 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.