GCSE Art Textiles

Syllabus Title: GCSE Art & Textiles

Exam Board: EDEXCEL                  

The course teaches you a wide range of practical and creative techniques and skills related to using cloth, thread and dyes creatively.  You will have two years to develop these skills and your creative side to the full.  You will explore the Art of different times and cultures, and use exotic fabrics such as Habotai Silk to produce your textiles.

*Students choosing Art Textiles can not also choose Art & Design


You will study Art Textiles for 5 periods over a 2 week timetable.  

In the studios you will study techniques such as fabric painting, hand made felt making,  appliqué, reverse appliqué, silk painting, beading and hand and machine embroidery.

You will work on 3 main coursework units throughout the course.

-A cushion + work journal   20% / A textile banner + work journal   20%
/ A table placement + work journal       20%


Every teacher will tell you “a lot!”.  The emphasis is on being creative so if you enjoy using colour and    pattern you will enjoy this course.  You will be expected to do a lot of work yourself at home.  We expect a  minimum of 2 hours per week, although most students do much more. You will look at Textiles found in different cultures and will use the work of artists and contemporary textile artists as inspiration for your own textiles.


All 3 of your coursework units form part of the overall grade for your GCSE.. The total marks available for coursework is 60%. Marks will be awarded for final pieces and for      exciting and imaginative work journals that should include research and contextual analysis, fabric samples that show a broad range of textiles skills, and ideas that are well considered and developed based on  connections to artist work.

In the final year, candidates work on a practical set examination.  You have the paper 8 school weeks before you come in to sit the exam.  Your exam piece coupled with a work journal or 2 is worth the other 40% to your overall grade.


You can go on to study A Levels in Art & Design, Level 3 BTECs  in Creative Art and Media. We offer these courses in the Sixth Form.

At age 18 you can then progress onto Foundation/Degree course in Fashion or Art, Printed Textiles, Woven and Knitted textiles, History of Fashion and Textiles, Theatrical design, Costume Design.


Fashion Designer, Tailor, Wardrobe Mistress, Fashion Stylist, Window Dresser, Fashion Illustrator,   Fashion Journalist, Fashion Photography, Printed Textile Designer, Milliner.

Mr Rainsford (Head of Department)