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GCSE Design Technology: Textiles

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Why Study Design Technology?

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare you to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. You will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. 

You will have the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise and you will have an interest in the wider role of technology in society, how designers use influences to be creative and be confident in using both modern and traditional equipment.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

Technology areas have now merged into one GCSE course where students learn aspects of most subjects; Resistant Materials OR Textiles. Although students will access information on all areas, the main focus for practical work will be on Resistant Materials or Textiles.

You will develop knowledge of the 6 core principles below across the suite of subjects in technology and will further your knowledge and expertise in at least one of the technology subject areas.

You will be required to learn about 6 core principles and use this knowledge In order to make effective design choices.

The core technical knowledge will consist of the following topics:

  • new and emerging technologies
  • energy generation and storage
  • developments in new materials
  • systems approach to designing
  • mechanical devices
  • materials and their working properties.

In addition to the core technical principles, you will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the following specialist technical principles: Textiles OR Resistant Materials

  • selection of materials or components
  • forces and stresses
  • ecological and social footprint
  • sources and origins
  • using and working with materials
  • stock forms, types and sizes
  • scales of production
  • specialist techniques and processes
  • surface treatments and finishes

You will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in relation to the following areas in at least one area of study:

  • investigation, primary and secondary data
  • environmental, social and economic challenge
  • the work of others
  • design strategies
  • communication of design ideas
  • prototype development
  • selection of materials and components
  • tolerances
  • material management
  • specialist tools and equipment
  • specialisttechniques and processes

The use of ICT will be an integral part of the course. Computer-aided Design has to be included in the design folder. Computer-Aided Manufacturing will be included in the practical work and students will develop skills in modelling and making in multiple materials including, wood, metals, plastics and card.

The skills developed in the course naturally lead onto the A-Level Design and Technology. There are opportunities to embark on a diverse array of Post 16 studies and careers, these include, engineering, architecture, fashion, biomedical, video gaming platforms, product /industrial design, graphic design, illustration, advertising and interior design.

 You will learn about this subject through a range of practical and theoretical projects throughout Year 10, building skills and abilities in producing imaginative designs and prototypes using a range of different media/materials and processes to given scenarios.

Career Pathways

Employers and colleges recognise this subject as a route into trades and engineering with routes into education and employment post 16 including; A levels, vocational level 2/3/4 courses, graduate and post-graduate courses in: 3D Design, Engineering, Product/Industrial Design, Architecture, Sustainability, Jewellery, Graphic Design, Textiles, Interior Design, Illustration and a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Trades such as plumbing and carpentry. The skills and understanding learned and developed in this course will help with all types of career where problem solving, creativity and innovation are valued.

Qualification Information

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Qualification: GCSE Textiles

Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel

Entry Tiers: One tier


Assessment Structure

The course is split into two sections; the NEA (non-exam assessment) is worth 50% of the overall grade and the formal examination (sat in May 2019) makes up the other 50% of the overall grade.


What is assessed?

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles either textiles OR resistant materials
  • Designing and making principles

How it is assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks/50% of GCSE


  • Several short answer questions (2-5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.


What is assessed?

Practical application of:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles (Textiles or Resistant Materials)
  • Designing and making principles

How it is assessed?

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA) approximately 30–35 hours
  • 100 marks/50% of GCSE

What should students produce?

  • Major design and make task

Assessment criteria to include the following:

  • investigating
  • designing
  • making
  • testing and evaluating

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