The department offers GCSE Textile Technology following the WJEC course.
Since its introduction in 2013 Textiles Technology has achieved outstanding achievement at GCSE with 100% A*-C and all students achieving or exceling their target grade.
During Key Stage 4 students in Textiles Technology are introduced to a wider range of decorative techniques. Students are encouraged to show a more creative, independent approach. In Year 10 students are taught how to construct fabrics and carry out design and make tasks. Year 10 students complete a sustainable project based on recycling clothing. Theory is taught alongside the practical projects.
In Year 11 students embark on their Controlled Assessment. The Controlled Assessment involves students producing an A3 design folder of 20 pages which consists of research, design, development, modelling, making, industrial practices, evaluation and a practical outcome. This is worth 60% of the final GCSE grade. Departmental deadlines are put in place and monitored to keep students on task and assess progress. Students also complete a two-hour written paper (40%) which follows the WJEC specification. The final exam tests knowledge and understanding of textile materials, components, processes, and techniques including industrial practice, CAD and CAM.
Lunchtime clubs provide opportunities for students to complete homework and personal projects using specialist materials and equipment. There are opportunities for students to work after school, with supervision, to continue with their work or further develop their skills. Students visit the sewing exhibition in yr 10 to stimulate and inspire ideas for their major project. The department also works in liaison with Weston College to provide students with a photo shoot of their garments.
Future Opportunities and Pathways
A Textiles GCSE gives students a good grounding in both design work and knowledge of manufacturing leading onto a whole range of options i.e. AS & A level Textiles; Art and Design Diplomas; Art Textiles, Fashion Textile, BTEC and extended Diploma.
Career pathways include progression to University studying a Design related subject at Degree level; Surface Pattern; Textiles; Fashion and Interior Design related careers.