Textiles KS4

GCSEThe students will follow the OCR textiles course, providing them with opportunities to design, make and evaluate products. The students will be expected to work independently on textile products they have thought of for themselves. The making and paperwork part of the course is worth 60% of the students’ final grade. At the end of the course, the students will sit a 1 ½ hour exam for the final 40% of their marks



What is GCSE Textiles all about?

  • Making original and creative Textile products
  • Understanding the design process involved in the production of textiles
  • Understanding the use of tools, equipment and processes used to manufacture textiles
  • The use of dyes, paints, machine and hand textile production techniques and computerised applications

Who might enjoy this course?

Anyone with an interest in the creative design and production of textile products.

What are the entry levels?

All students are entered on the same level, giving the opportunity to achieve from grade A* to G.

Coursework and exams?

There is one exam at the end of the course, consisting of written answers as well as drawn designing elements. This assesses learning throughout the two year course. This makes up 40% of the final GCSE grade. There are two pieces of coursework (controlled assessments). These involve investigating existing textile products, generating creative ideas, making products using a range of skills and processes and evaluating the work. There is a substantial written element involved in the coursework. This makes up 60% of the final GCSE grade.

Are there any other tests?

‘Mock’ exams in school one in Year 10 and one in Year 11.

What other skills will the course develop?

Practical skills and confidence to design, make and analyse textile products. Problem solving strategies, abilities to generate creative ideas as well as project management skills.

What next with GCSE Textiles?

Success in GCSE Textiles can progress to a range of other subjects at school or college at the end of Year 11. These include AS and A2 level Product Design, A level Textiles, Art Textiles and a range of BTEC, Diploma and apprenticeships courses aimed at the fashion and textile industries.