GCSE Textiles or Resistant Materials (Year11)

Design & Technology is a subject that encourages students to apply knowledge that they have gained from many other areas of the curriculum to the solving of practical problems. It gives students the opportunity to work in Textiles or Resistant Materials. All students have the opportunity to design and make practical solutions to real design problems.

Syllabus Title: Design & Technology: Textiles or Resistant Materials

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Details: Two mandatory units, one of which is a controlled assessment and one unit will be externally assessed.

The two mandatory units are:

  • Unit 1: Creative design and make activities 60%
  • Unit 2: Knowledge and understanding of Textiles or Resistant Materials 40%

Students will need to choose one material area they want to study over the two year course.

Course content:

Creativity is a fundamental part of design and technology. Many designers believe the  quality of the initial idea and thought-provoking, innovative design to be cornerstones of every successful product. The creative design and make activities within this unit seek to develop creativity and confidence in student’s ability to think, question, explore, create and communicate. Combining knowledge and understanding with practical skills, these          activities are intended to provide breadth in creative learning and depth in the application of practical and transferable skills.


Students must complete a design and make activity. These activities can be linked (combined design and make) or separate (design one product, manufacture another). Marking of task(s) will be carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.

Staff will choose a task(s) from a range provided by Edexcel (available on their website at the start of each academic year). These tasks can be contextualised to best suit our          department and student needs. This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.

There are eight assessment criteria for designing and five assessment criteria for making.

There are a total of 50 raw marks available for the designing and 50 raw marks available for the making. One overall raw mark out of 100 is required.


There are several progression routes that successful students on this course could take at post-16 – some of which are available in the Sixth Form: BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (with a range of Technology based specialisms). A-Level in Product Design.


Mrs Tamang / Ms Febbrari (Co-Heads of department)
Mrs Zenatova (Textiles specialist)