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Year 7

Our students are taught in mixed ability groups of no more than 20.

Students are introduced to the subject in Year 7, where they will follow a design and make project for a period of 13 weeks. All students will learn to use a sewing machine and create a product that will give them the basic skills in textiles technology.

Assessment Information

Homework will be set once a week. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed and a KS3 level given.

Year 9

Our students are taught in mixed ability groups of no more than 20.

"I am not a very creative person, but in textiles I am! It is my favourite subject. I would thoroughly recommend textiles, because it is such fun"
- Alex Year 9

Taught in groups of no more than 20 students. Mixed Ability

In Year 9 all students take 2 technologies, in line with department policy. This will give them 1 lesson per week for the academic year. The work in Year 9 allows them to move through the design and make process, acquiring new and exciting skills and techniques. They will then use their independent creativity and decision making skills to make a final product. After school and lunchtime clubs are available to students.

Assessment Information

Homework will be set once a week. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed and a KS3 level given.

Year 10 & 11

"Textiles is my favourite lesson. It really brings out my creative side. The teachers are all very friendly and are eager to help us with our work. They inspire us to work hard and every lesson is fun in textiles"
- Amy Year 10

"I like textiles because it gives me a way to express my individuality like no other subject could possibly do. I just love it!"
- Beckie Year 10

Taught in mixed ability groups

AQA Design and Technology Textiles GCSE is offered to all students regardless of whether they followed the subject in Year 9. The assessment is arrived at by a written paper and an extended piece of controlled assessment course work. The groups are generally small and well-focused, achieving good results. We are very proud of the exciting individual responses to the design briefs for coursework, which we display on Open Evening. This generates great enthusiasm within the school and also the parents. A customised revision guide is provided to all pupils prior to their written GCSE exam paper.

Assessment Information

Throughout year 10, students engage in both Focused Practical Task and longer style projects. Assessment is ongoing and staff give written and verbal feedback to enhance independent progression. Target grades are routinely shared with students to enable them to develop their skills and aim high!

Students study from the AQA Examination Board. There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G. This consists of:

Unit 1 is a 2 hour written exam paper, which equates to 40% of the student's final grade.
Pre-release material is issued to the candidate and revision lessons focus around the identified topic.

Unit 2 consists of a Controlled Assessment Project which is mainly undertaken in school. This final project is started in the autumn term of year 10 and makes up 60% of the final GCSE grade. The Controlled Assessment Project is the pupils' own response to an identified need and is selected from a range of exam board set tasks. The student will cover the whole design and making process, and they are encouraged to record all decisions and stages of their development.

Year 12 & 13

AQA Product Design (Textiles) GCE is offered to students. This course is taught at Chancellor's which is open to students within the Consortium. It is a popular course with students who have followed the course at KS4.

The course gives students the opportunity to develop the capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Both the AS and A2 courses require a design and make project, and a written paper. The achievement at this stage is good overall and opens the opportunities for students to follow a number of exciting career paths. Textile design, interior design, fashion merchandising and buying, advertising and marketing, and the manufacturing industry.


  • Ms. K. McGee (Subject Leader)


Textiles technology has one specialist room with the latest computerised sewing machines which all students use in the creation of their work. It is a light attractive room, with large tables to facilitate cutting and manipulating fabrics. Exciting displays of students work is refreshed frequently giving inspiration to the students who use the room. We have six computers for use in the room and we access suites of computers elsewhere in the school as required.

Extra Curricular

  • After school and lunchtime clubs.
  • Support to the school plays with costume making.
  • Off-site visits relevant to the course requirements.
  • Support to other departments in themed activities.

Cross Curricular

Maths - the development of design, pattern making and costings.
Art – designing and use textures.
Science – fibre manufacture, testing and smart fabrics.
English – the use of language, including technical language.
Drama – costumes and use of specialist facilities.
ICT – spreadsheets, databases, word processing. Specialist software.
History – historical aspects of design.
MFL – costumes research and investigation.
Geography – environmental, moral, social and sustainability issues.
Business Studies – industrial practices.

"Textiles is always fun and different. It is a mixture of practical and non-practical work so you never know what to expect in each lesson. It's fun and interesting"
- Year 10 pupil