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GCSE D&T Textiles Technology at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

Are you interested in fashion and design? Do you want to find out how clothing and textiles products are made? Do you like designing your own clothes/ textile products and being creative? Does using a range of fabrics and decorative techniques with different textures and properties appeal to you? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, this may be the course for you. You could choose Textiles simply because you enjoy it, or you are good at it and you want to complete a qualification in the subject.


Course content

The lessons are very varied. You’ll be expected to investigate and research as well as designing products. Some of your lessons will be practical where you will be making products and learning how to carry out processes. ‘The lessons give you the freedom to design and develop your creativity to design and make original textiles products. The lessons are fun and you get lots of one to one help. They have a fast pace to push you onto achieve as well as you can. Your technical skills are developed and you can make exciting things.’


Entry requirements

An enjoyment of textiles and an enquiring mind are really helpful.



There are two units:

Unit 1 – a 2 hour written exam with two sections. In the first section you are given a design situation prior to the exam to research and prepare, and then you answer some questions in the exam based on this. In the second section you answer questions on for example: fibres and fabrics; components; product analysis (40%).

Unit 2 – controlled assessment made up of a design folder (maximum of 25 pages) and a textile product selected from a range of board set tasks. Past products include: fashion garments; sportswear; sports gear; soft furnishings; wall hangings; fashion accessories etc. (60%)

Future opportunities

A Textiles qualification can lead to a range of career opportunities within the fashion and textiles industry, such as retail and marketing, as well as fashion design.

 It will also train pupils in a variety of life skills such as: decision making, problem solving, working under pressure, using your imagination, following instructions and meeting deadlines. This course also provides a solid foundation for any student thinking of taking Textiles in the sixth-form.


Further information

You can speak to Mrs Kershaw to find out more about the course and discuss your suitability for it. You can also speak to students who have taken this course in the past.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years