Topic outline

  • KS3 - Years 7, 8 & 9

    Why Study Design and Technology: Textiles?

    A video recorder that is easy to programme or a sports bag that holds kit plus equipment…. good design makes things easier and more enjoyable to use. Textile Technology lessons give pupils the opportunity to investigate how well familiar products and objects work, and who they are really aimed at. By answering questions such, as ‘Is this the right equipment for the job?’ they learn how to solve problems skillfully, creatively and with imagination.

    The course will help you understand about the design and manufacture of many common household items, making you more able to appreciate what has gone on before a product reaches the customer. It will help you to be creative in your approach and you will use computers to help with your design ideas and in manufacturing your product. You will learn about a range of materials, tools, and equipment.


    • Look at products to see how they work, how they are used, whether they meet their users needs, whether they use materials efficiently, and what environmental impacts the products might have
    • Practise practical skills and tasks
    • Design and create their own products. Before starting a project, pupils think carefully about what they have been asked to do, and how to meet the needs of the end user. Pupils learn to plan their projects responsibly, making their own decisions about how best to use time, money and resources, using computers at various stages in their work, and working in teams when the project is suitable.
    • Pupils are learning to design and make working products. Although these are one-off, they also learn about mass production techniques.

    You will learn:

    • How to write a Design Brief
    • How to use the Internet to research
    • How to write a Specification
    • How to evaluate other peoples work
    • How to generate ideas to solve your Design Brief
    • How to write a Production Plan enabling you to manufacture your product
    • How to select materials and work with tools and equipment
    • How to evaluate your own work and suggest improvements

    You will:

    • Develop ICT skills by learning how to use a computer to design and cost your product
    • Develop your awareness of consumer requirements of a product
    • Analyse products and the process used to manufacture them
    • Learn how to work on your own and as part of a team
    • Produce a working prototype
    • Produce a portfolio of ideas

    Examples of Project Work

    Year 7
    Storage of Personal Items e.g. Pencil Case / Make-up Bag

    Year 8
    Cushion Cover

    Year 9

    Many students find a problem through their own or their family’s experience. The most successful projects come from real life problems experience by people you know.


    Practical Assessment:

    • A written portfolio of your developing designs ideas.
    • A working prototype model.   


    • End of module test. The test lasts One hour and asks questions on the materials, tools, and equipment used.
  • GCSE D&T Textiles

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    AQA Exam Board - GCSE D&T Textiles (4570) GCSE D&T Textiles 4570

    This GCSE is designed to enable you to develop an awareness and understanding of the part textile products play in everyday life, the design ideas behind their creation and the processes involved in the production of the finished item.

    The course has been developed to enable you to demonstrate your creativity, with the making of textile products a vital feature of your experience. You will build upon the skills and knowledge developed at Key Stage 3, extending your understanding of materials and components, equipment, techniques and processes including the use of ICT, involved in the design and production of textile products. Design and making activities are encouraged so as to prepare you for taking higher level courses and for entering the world of work.

    You will learn about design and market influences and develop product analysis and evaluation techniques. Areas of study also include social, moral, recycling, environmental issues and sustainability. You will develop a greater knowledge of health and safety issues in the classroom and workplace as well as learn about your rights and responsibilities as a consumer. You will learn to plan for production and how information technology can be used in textile manufacture.

    Throughout the course you will work through the design process of analysing, researching, developing design proposals, making, testing and evaluating to produce exciting and original textile products.

    A genuine interest in Textiles, a flair for design, good practical and organisational skills and the ability to work unaided will enable you to cope with the demands of this varied, interesting and creative subject.


    You will be assessed through two units: a written examination and a controlled assessment covering grades A* to G. There is one tier of entry and your total marks for both units will determine your final grade.

    Unit 1: (45701)
    Written paper - June 2014 - 2 hours - 120 marks - 40% of final grade.
    Candidates answer all questions in two sections.

    Pre-release material issued.

    Unit 2:  (45702)
    Controlled assessment - approximately 45 hours (June 2013-Jan 2014) - 90 marks - 60% of final grade consists a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks.

    Other Information

    If you are interested in this GCSE course or wish to know more about it, please speak to Miss Simon in M3 or Mrs Cleland in L8.