GCSE Fashion and Textiles

This GCSE in Fashion and Textiles gives learners a whole host of easily transferable skills. They include:

  • communication
  • teamwork.

The course will develop a wide range of practical making skills incorporating surface embellishment, joining and finishing, combining materials and colouring fabrics.  Learners will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge

Why choose AQA for GCSE Design and Technology : Fashion Route?

GCSE Design & Technology will prepare students to participate confidently & successfully in an increasingly technological world.  You will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design & Technology including historical, social and cultural, environmental & economic factors.  You will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing & making & apply technical & practical expertise.

This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.   You will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

You can find out more about this qualification at aqa.org.uk/designandtechnology

Does the course involve practical work?

This course is intended for anyone interested in studying Textiles. This course involves producing both practical and written work.

It provides the  opportunity to investigate fashion, garments, accessories and home furnishings. In addition, you will also learn about fibres, fabric production and decoration.

In Years 9 and 10 we focus on project based learning and make a toy, waistcoat and sports wear.  We also learn how to use the sewing machine and follow patterns.

How important is the coursework?

The coursework is very important and consists of one projects in Year 11.  You will study Sustainability, designing and making.  The coursework is completed during lessons and at home.  You have to produce  design folders and practical work.   You will be able to develop your own interests and use these ideas in producing your coursework.  The coursework is completed at school in lesson time so all pupils will have access to the ICT facilities in the department.


I find designing difficult.  What help is available?

Before we start developing design ideas we always complete research.  This may involve producing a storyboard of ideas.  We also examine existing products carefully by  looking at samples, fashion magazines and the internet. You may also use templates of fashion figures to present your designs if you find figure drawing difficult.


I am not very confident about using a sewing machine. Does that matter?  Is this important?

At the beginning of the course we start practising using a sewing machine.  All the basics are re-explained.  Don’t worry if your not very confident we will help you. Learning any skill takes time and we will provide lots of guidance and help.

The important thing is a willing and an interest in the subject.  Mrs Bradford-Jones will try very hard to support and help you through all the coursework activities.

After school sessions will be also be available.

What’s assessed?

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

How’s it assessed?

  • Written exam 2 hours
  • 100% marks
  • 50% of the GCSE


Section A – Core technical principles

(20 marks) – Multi –choice and short answer questions

Section B – Specialist technical principles

(30 marks) Several short questions and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles

Section C – Designing & making principles

(50 marks) A mixture of short answers &  extended response questions

Non Exam Assessment (coursework)

Practical application

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing & making principles

How it’s assessed?

  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE


  • Substantial design & make task
  • Identifying & investigating design possibilities
  • Generating design ideas
  • Realising design ideas
  • Analysing & evaluating

For more information about this course please speak to Mrs Bradford-Jones