Design and Technology – Textiles
What will I study?
The study of design and technology (Textiles) follows the same structure as Design Technology with a marked specialism in Textiles for both the exam and the NEA Design & make assignment. In Design & Technology you will be expected to create prototypes both physical as well as through CAD to test and develop your ideas and design at least one product by undertaking an iterative design, make and evaluate project based on a set design brief. When completing their project students will apply the designing and making principles and their technical knowledge and understanding (Including understanding of Maths & Science).
How will my work be assessed?
This is part of the newly reformed GCSE’s and as such will be assessed using 9-1 grades. You will be expected to create a range of practical, research and design assessments; all of which you will be assessed upon. Your knowledge and understanding will also be assessed in written assessments.
How will the course be structured?
In year 9 & 10 you will develop a wide range of skills and competencies in both exam theory and the practical textiles specialism. Year 11 will mainly focus on the NEA (UNIT 1) as well as preparation for the exam (UNIT 2).
Unit 1 (50%) is a design exam at the end of the course where you will need to demonstrate your ability to think creatively to solve problems applying your knowledge and understanding of materials and industrial processes.
Unit 2 (50%) is the NEA (coursework) where you will design and make a product of your choice and its accompanying promotional material.
How will it help me after I leave school?
This subject in the future could lead to further education at A Level (Product Design (Textiles)) and various Textiles related degrees. Careers could include working in:
- Clothing/textile technologist
- Colour technologist
- Interior and spatial designer
- Fashion designer
- Textile designer
This course cannot be taken with Design Technology Product Design
Contact: Miss. C Smith, Teacher of Product Design (Textiles)