Key Stage 3

Year 7

Pupils work in Textiles for 9 weeks and are taught to develop ideas by exploring and experimenting with different tools, equipment and materials. They are encouraged to look at the work of other artists and designers for inspiration.

Pupils will be assessed on their ability to source information, use visual language to present ideas and the quality of their final outcome as they develop their practical skills.

The final outcome is assessed by students demonstrating a clear understanding of the processes used to manufacture a tote bag.

Year 8

Students are encouraged to demonstrate creative responses to the specified design brief.

They will use basic tools, equipment and machinery to make a functional textile product. The final outcome is assessed by students demonstrating a clear understanding of the processes used to manufacture a pencil case.

During the design and make project students will gain the following skills: tacking and stitching, practice and improve their use of the sewing machine, apply decoration through applique, transfer printing, quilting, and through developing their paint skills. Pupils will learn how to work creatively by following inspiration from other artists and designers. An introduction to creating pattern pieces, sewing seams and the application of components is also delivered. Over the course of the project pupils will be ranked on the quality of their sketchbook and the final outcome they produce.

Key Stage 4  

Year 9

This is the first year of a three year course, students in year 9 build on prior knowledge in both Art and Textiles. They are encouraged to work from themes and gain an understanding of other artists/designers styles where they are expected to use this as inspiration and incorporate such styles and techniques into their own work.

Students begin to analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding as an introduction to assessment objective 1, which requires contextual studies to be established.

They design textiles products and realise these using varied applications and techniques. They explore and use a wide range to tools and equipment which aid the development of final practical outcomes.


Year 10

The faculty has chosen a specification, which we feel is appropriate to be delivered to students whom want to take textiles in further education. This course combines elements of Art and Design with Textiles, enabling students to form a versatile portfolio of work. Students are able to work on a personal project which makes up component 1, this is worth 60% of their final course, they then engage in an external assignment set by the exam board which makes up the further 40%.

Students build on their skills from year 9 and show deeper understanding when analysing the work of others. They are taught how to extend their fashion drawing skills and explore different materials. A strong emphasis is demonstrated through exploration of techniques through manipulating fabrics and applying different decorative techniques to surfaces when making fashion garments and/or accessories.


Year 11

Year 11 students in St Matthew Academy are completing the final year of the legacy specification set by AQA. This is a standalone Textiles course where students work through the design process to complete a fully functional garment which is fit for purpose. Students are expected to produce a 20-page portfolio of work and a textiles product which meets their particular client’s needs, the controlled assessment is worth 60% of their final grade. Throughout the year students complete a range of theory tasks in preparation for the final exam worth 40% of their final GCSE. Our aim is to ensure that students enjoy their final project and are engaged with their chosen brief, a high level of independence is encouraged throughout the course.

Exam Board resources


Useful Website addresses for Textile Technology








Revision books

AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles Technology: Amanda Dick, Liz hardy, Denise Davies

·         Textiles Technology: Rose Sinclair and Sue Morgan Heinemann

·         The Sewing Book: Alison Smith Dorling Kindersley

·         Textiles Technology:  Alison Bartle & Bernie O’Connor Causeway Press Ltd 1

How will your work and progress be assessed?

You will receive verbal feedback on your progress and discuss targets to improve your work. This will include assessment of your written work (e.g. analysing the work of others), your oral communication skills (e.g. during class, when giving presentations) and the motivation and commitment you demonstrate.

You will receive verbal feedback on how to improve your work and have termly targets which you will need to track with guidance.

Component one of the course is your personal portfolio (coursework) this will be internally marked and externally moderated. Component two of the course will be an external practical exam which will run over two days.

Where might Textiles Technology lead you?

Textiles Technology provides you with skills and techniques which could lead you into a career in one of the following fields.  Fashion Designer, Seamstress, Interior Designer, Project Management, Textile Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Retail, Clothing and Textiles Technologist.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities

Each week students are able to extend their skills in Textiles and carry out additional experimental tasks within the classroom. The classroom is open to students every Wednesday with Miss Wright, where students are able to work on practical pieces or use the resources to support their homework outcomes or every Monday with Miss Chen to engage in the Textiles element of Duke of Edinburgh Award project.