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 WELCOME TO Textiles

Our aim in textiles is delivering outstanding teaching and learning and provides students with a stimulating and engaging learning environment. The department thrives itself in making high quality products which encourages students creativity and making skills.

Key stage 3

Textiles involves working in a range of fabrics and techniques. In KS3 students are set various design and make tasks. Textiles is taught within design technology and in years 7, 8 and 9 students will experience a 8 week course each year.

In Year 7 students will be learning how to use a sewing machine to make an electronic pencil case using LED’s, conductive thread and learn about basic electrical circuits. Students will be working with the material felt and they will learn how to insert a zip.

In Year 8 students will design and make a cushion which reflects the theme of the four elements. Students will learn how to fabric paint, quilt using a sewing machine, hand embroidery and make tie dye.

In Year 9 students will design and make a bag in the style of the Sixties. Student will learn how to use batik and construct a bag.

Key stage 4

This course is suitable for all pupils with an interest in textiles. It will suit pupils who enjoy designing and using fabrics in imaginative ways. Each pupil will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their design and making skills.
  • Produce high quality textile products.

From an Art based approach it aims to stimulate imagination and sensitivity and develop visual perception, conceptual thinking and practical skills.

Pupils are expected to attend after school sessions and complete work at home to produce their portfolio that is work 60% of their final mark. A basic range of materials are available through the year but students need to provide or pay for material and resources needed to complete projects.

Aspects of Learning and Teaching:

We encourage you to develop essential skills to enable you to research and experiment in an independent way.

These skills include:

  • Fabric construction
  • Machine and hand embroidery
  • A variety of creative thread work
  • Silk Painting
  • Transfer Printing
  • Batik
  • Stencilling

Sketchbooks and prep sheets are used extensively to collect examples of textural surface qualities, observational drawings, colour combinations and the development of ideas.

Your work will make informed connections with that of other artists, designers and crafts people.

In Year 10:

Pupils will be given practical tasks supported by drawings and notes to develop their confidence and skills of making using sewing machines, hand sewing techniques and fabric construction. They will learn to ‘draw’ and ‘sculpt’ in stitch.

In Year 11:

Pupils will learn to use a wide variety of printing and dyeing skills including screen-printing, block printing, silk painting and batik. A unit of coursework will be completed using one or more of these techniques.



No time limit 60% of total marks

Three units of coursework where pupils will be expected to design and make quality textile products that are externally assessed. Response to all assessment objectives required in coursework as a whole.

Centre-assessed and moderated by AQA.

Controlled Test


10 hours 40% of total marks

Candidates must respond to one starting point. They are given a preparatory period and 10 hours of supervised time. Response to all assessment objectives required.

Set by AQA, centre-assessed and moderated by AQA.

Key Stage 5

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

  • Fashion
  • Interior design
  • Printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials
  • Constructed textiles
  • Textile installation

Skills you need:

  • Confidence in Using a Sewing Machine
  • Good Drawing Skills
  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Good Presentation Skills
  • Hardworking and Passionate about Textiles

Course structure in Year 12:


AS Units


Unit 1 Coursework

15 week project (50% of the total AS marks 80 marks)

The first project has the theme ‘LAYERS’. The word ‘layers’ may be interpreted in any way of form they like. As part of the course, they will be given the opportunity to explore a range of media, textile techniques and processes focusing on a range of traditional and new technologies. Students should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of fashion and textile, from the past and from recent times. This should be integral to the investigating and making process. Students’ responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Unit 2 Supervised Exam

12 week project- 5 hours exam piece (50 % 0f the total AS marks 80 marks)

This is an externally set assignment. Students will produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces of work of a wholly developmental nature. During this period candidates complete 5 hours unaided, supervised time, in which they focus on developing ideas. After completing their exam work they will make a final

Course structure in Year 13:


A2 Units


Unit 3 Coursework

15 week project -Personal Investigation

Students are required to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by a written element of no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000words, leading to a finished piece or pieces.

Unit 4 Supervised Exam

12 week project -15 hours exam piece

This is an externally set assignment. Students will produce preparatory work in a sketchbook or prep sheets in the build up to the exam. During 15 hour exam students are expected to make a personal and meaningful response to exam question.

Explanation of how the course will be assessed in Year 12 and 13:

Students will be expected to keep sketchbooks which may include samples, experimentation and drawings. Although the course is based on practical work there will be given written homework. They will need time at home and after school to continue classwork. Students will also be expected to develop work in a more independent manner. This will include making self-initiated visits to galleries and exhibitions and taking a generally active interest in art.

Scheme of assessment:

  1. Coursework and critical studies completes each term, with regular reviews of work each week. There will be reports issued throughout the year.
  2. Externally set paper at the end of both years.
  3. Preparatory work for the externally set paper.

Facilities & Resources

Two fully equipped textiles room located in the main school building. In textiles you will have the opportunity to work with and have access to:

  • Bernina and Janome Sewing machines
  • Heat Presses
  • Fabric Steamers
  • Fabric dyes and paint
  • Computerised embroidery sewing machines
  • Laser Cutter
  • Batik pots
  • Silk Painting equipment
  • Colour printers

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

During the course we will be attending Clothes Show Live at the NEC, visiting galleries and University degree shows. They also have the prospect to work with university pupils and have their work included in university shows. Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops to make fashion pieces for the annual Bitterne Park Fashion Show.


Mrs L Earnshaw (Textiles Course Leader)

Miss K Staszkiewicz (Textiles Teacher/Progress Leader)