Year 9 Design and Technology 16 week module: Textiles

In Y9 Design and Technology students are taught together in mixed ability groups. The year 9 course develops a range of skills across all key areas of the DT curriculum and will prepare the students for options in any of the current or soon to be published Design & Technology courses

Technical Award in Engineering

Technical Award in Food & Catering

Technical Award in Materials Technology

Technical Award in Visual Communication

Technical Award in Fashion & Textiles

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) 16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)
2 (8 weeks) 31 October Tutor Evening
3 (5 weeks) 15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

29 January Option Evening

1 February Parents’ Evening

8  February Parents’ Evening

4 (6 weeks) 19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (6 weeks)  
6 (7 weeks) Week commencing 18 June: Year 9 exam week

12 July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)



Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

(& possibly 9)


Students have one lesson per fortnight over a 16 week period

Pencil Cases

Intro to brief and sketching print ideas. Hwk 1-Moodboards

Sewing machine driving tests and research in to fabric properties.

Frame insert cutting started. Clamping & gluing begun.

Sample test prints and Tie dye. Hwk 2-Final Design

Begin cutting out templates and cutting fabric. Printing fabrics.

Construction of the pencil roll, demo on marking out and seams/hems.

Complete Pencil roll by adding ribbon tie. Hwk 3-Evaluation

Finishing off tasks and evaluations.


Year 10 Technical Textiles Technology

Course title: Technical Award Materials  Technology Exam board: AQA Specification code: 3720
How will students be assessed?
None examined unit (NEA – similar to coursework) = 30% achieved in year 10 (Unit 1) and the remaining 30% achieved in year 11 (unit 2).

Examination = 40 % of total  Technical Award GCSE qualification (Unit 3) 

Students produce their NEA that consists of a digital folder and series of 3D made products/ prototypes. Students will sit a one and a half hour examination at the end of the course in Year 11.


Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Unit 1: Skills demonstration

Learners will create a number of small practical outcomes to demonstrate their competency in 12 core skills outlined in the specification.

During the year the students will be completing the following component ‘Skills Units’ which account for 30% of their total qualification:

Term 1:  British Bags

Skill 1 Colouring Fabrics

Skill 2 Surface Embellishments

Skill 7 Construction Techniques

Skill 4 Joining Fabrics

Skill 5 Applying fastenings

 16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (8 weeks)
3 (5 weeks) Term 2 -up to half term break:  Pyjama bottoms

Skill 3 Fabric Manipulation

Skill 6 Edge finishes

Skill 2 Surface Embellishments

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Term 2 -up to Easter break: 

Skill 8 Team work

Completing skills portfolios.

19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

5 (6 weeks) Term 3 – up to half term break

Theory work & exam preparation

 19 April Parents Evening

6 (7 weeks) Term 3 – up to summer break

Theory work & exam preparation

Unit 2: Extended making project

Learners will start work on their extended making project that showcases the skills they have developed in Unit 1 and the knowledge and understanding they have acquired from doing theory work and exam preparation (Unit 3). Week commencing 18 June: Year 10 exam week

12  July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

 Year 11 Textiles

Course title: GCSE Textiles Exam board: AQA Specification code: 4570
How will students be assessed?
Coursework = 60% of total GCSE qualification

Examination = 40 % of total GCSE qualification 

Students produce coursework that consists of a design folder and a 3D product. Students will sit a formal two hour examination at the end of the course in Year 11.


Half term Key content – higher
1 (7 weeks) GCSE coursework: Initial designs completed

• Imaginative and innovative ideas have been developed, demonstrating creativity, flair and originality. Further developments made to take account of ongoing research
• A coherent and appropriate design strategy, with clear evidence of a planned approach, adopted throughout
• The implications of a wide range of issues including social, moral, environmental
and sustainability, are taken into consideration and inform the development of the
design proposals

25 September Reports Open

16  October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (7 weeks) GCSE coursework: Design development, Planning making

• Excellent development work through experimentation with a wide variety of
techniques and modelling (including CAD where appropriate) in order to produce a
final design solution
• Appropriate materials/ingredients and components selected with full regard to their
working properties
• Fully detailed and justified product/manufacturing specification taking full account
of the analysis undertaken

14  December – 20 December  Mock Exams

3 (7 weeks) GCSE coursework: Making, Evaluation, Final submission

• Final outcome(s) shows a high level of making/modelling/finishing skills and
• Selected and used appropriate tools, materials and/or technologies including,
where appropriate, CAM correctly, skilfully and safely
• Worked independently to produce a rigorous and demanding outcome
• Quality controls are evident throughout the project and it is clear how accuracy has
been achieved.
• Detailed testing and evaluation as appropriate throughout the designing and
making process taking account of client/user or third party opinion
• All aspects of the final outcome have been tested against the design criteria and/or
the product/manufacturing specification
• Evaluate and justify the need for modifications to the product and consideration
given as to how the outcome might need to be modified for commercial production

9 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Exam preparation

22 Feb Parents Evening

1 March Parents Evening

5 (5 weeks) Exam preparation

23  April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)