GCSE Textiles gives pupils a fantastic opportunity to express their individuality. Pupils are encouraged to show a more creative and independent approach.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening - Coco Chanel
For KS4 students pupils follow the WJEC Art and Design Textiles exam board. Their Unit 1 is a coursework portfolio worth 60% of their final grade. Pupils will be required to produce a portfolio and outcomes based on set themes. Pupils will explore a wide range of textiles decorative techniques and learn how to analyse the work of artists and designers.
Their Unit 2 is an externally set assignment and worth the remaining 40%. Pupils will be given a preparatory study period and then complete a 10 hour supervised practical examination.
For both units pupils will develop their skills of critical understanding, creative making, reflective recording and personal presentation.
Lunchtime clubs provide opportunities for pupils to complete homework and personal projects using specialist materials and equipment. There are opportunities for pupils to work after school, with supervision, to continue with their work or further develop their skills. They have opportunities to see college and professional fashion shows to gain a wider understanding of the world of fashion and textiles.
The course leads seamlessly into a BTEC National Fashion course or A Level Textiles or Art and Design course.
- WJEC Art and design textiles
Exam board website
Link to past papers
- WJEC TEXTILES Art and Design – Unit 1 portfolio (60%)
- Unit 2 externally set assignment. Preparatory study period and a 10 hour supervised practical examination.(40%)
Ways to help my child succeed
Your child will need to be organised and be able to plan their work, access to the internet would be beneficial. Throughout the course your child will need to purchase fabrics and components suitable for their final outcomes. Your child will also need an A3 design portfolio and sketchbook, basic art equipment, including pencils, a fine liner, paints and a set of coloured pencils. Your child will also require a basic sewing kit, which should include a pair of scissors, un picker, pins and needles. Pupils will be able to purchase these from school prior to starting the course.