D&T GCSE - Fashion & Textiles Specialism



All elements of Design & Technology theory will be taught in the core part of the course:  textiles, woods, metals, plastics, papers, boards, electronic systems, modern and smart materials, technical textiles, programmable components and  mechanical devices.

Students specialising in Textiles will design and make at least one final prototype. This could be an interiors or fashion item showing a range of techniques. Fashion & Textiles students will also have a specialist exam which mainly focuses on their area; the final exam will be 40% core theory, 60% Fashion & Textiles theory.

During the design and making process, students will apply basic knowledge from Maths, Science, IT, Humanities and Art & Design. Projects will cover fashion drawing, surface pattern techniques and 3D textiles construction.



50% exam and 50% design and make task. All assessment to AQA GSCE assessment criteria.


We all use textiles in our everyday lives, from fashion through to the technical textiles that make up a big part of the built environment and cars that we drive.


Textiles manufacturers report that production was up 25% in the UK last year, with the industry desperate to attract more young people through apprenticeships.


A Design and Technology GCSE can set students up for a career in a wide variety of industries such as fashion, engineering, architecture, information technology, film and television and even education.


Studying Textiles could lead to a wide variety of Further Education opportunities, as well as developing skills for life.