GCSE Textiles

Why study GCSE Textiles?

The study of textiles is exciting and challenging. Students work with a range of different materials and produce original, experimental work, whether printing on silk or knitting with bin bags. They are encouraged to look at textiles and fashions from different periods and cultures and interpret those designs using a repertoire of different techniques and processes.

Which syllabus do we follow?

We follow the Edexcel specification for Textiles

What is the content about?

Constructed TextilesDyed textilesPrinted TextilesFine Art Textiles
Students will have to work using one or more of the following skills: weaving (tapestry, hand-loom, powered loom, off-loom), knitted structures (hand knitting, knitting machines, knotting, crochet, innovative manipulation of threads), embroidery (hand and sewing machines), appliqué and felted textiles, the use of CAD in print, knit or weave, new textile technologies and fibres, constructed textiles for the body (health, wellbeing, fashion, accessories), constructed textiles for the built environment (interiors, furnishings, transport).
Students will have to work using one or more of the following skills: batik, silk painting, tie and dye, handpainting and spraying, use of natural and artificial fibres, natural and synthetic dye colourants.
Students will have to work using one or more of the following skills: monoprint, transfer, relief-print, woodblock, lino-cut, silk-screen, embossing, laser cut, CAD, using a range of materials and surfaces.
Students will have to work using a range of textile techniques chosen from other textile disciplines and demonstrate how textiles can be explored through fine art disciplines.

In all the textile fields students will have to make meaningful contextual connections between their work and that of others.

How many components are there?

There are two components in total.

How is each component examined?

Component 1 - Personal PortfolioComponent 2 - Externally Set Assignment

The year begins by building the coursework portfolio unit made up from practical studio work and a personal project supported by sketchbook development. The portfolio will be produced under controlled conditions and consist of approximately 45 hours supervised activity.
72 marks, 60% of GCSE

The externally set unit normally is released at the beginning of January and students will have to fulfill the requirements in 10 hours of sustained and supervised work under examination conditions, which have to take place in a maximum of four sessions over 3 weeks.
72 marks, 40% of GCSE

When do the exams take place?

The exams take place in June.

Which Ashbourne teachers teach this course?

Sheila Cosgrove
(BA Hons (Chelsea College of Art and Design) CFA (Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University) BSc Design (University of Cincinnati,USA) Art, Fashion)

Beyond GCSE for students

GCSE Textiles is a good introduction to Textiles A Level, which can in its turn lead to Art and Fashion course at prestigious art colleges, including the London College of Fashion, Central St Martin’s, Ravensbourne, University of the Creative Arts, Kingston, Chelsea and the Istituto Marangoni.

Successful textile students can pursue careers in Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Interior Design, Textile Design, Surface Design, Styling, Shoe Design, Costume for Theatre & Film, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Retailing and Marketing.