This vibrant and dynamic subject will give you the freedom to teach in ways that inspire and bring out the best in all your students.
With a wide range of endorsements available, you can choose areas of study that will interest your students and play to your school’s strengths.
We’ve produced a specification that will motivate and stretch students of all abilities, and give them the skills and experience to succeed at GCSE and prepare for AS and A-level.
What do you enjoy about the subject?
Samieer: It’s not exam based, and based on the fact that it’s 100% coursework, for us there’s no idea of having to study or revise for exams.
Aryssa: And I like how we can basically create whatever we want and not follow a specific instruction, for example ‘Study this’, so we can do whatever we want.
Hannah: I really like the coursework part as it’s really independent and you get to do whatever you want basically.
What is the most challenging thing about the subject?
Samieer: For me, it’s difficult to reach the deadlines because the process is you have to come up with your initial ideas and then develop on that, and then you have to come up with your final project. So it’s hard for me the meet the deadlines because I’m a bit slow.
Aryssa: Same. I find it very hard to finish in time.
Hannah: I guess (for me) it’s the basic techniques because I didn’t do Textiles in Years 7,8 or 9 and I entered Year 10 somewhere later in Term 1. So it was tough for me to catch up at first; but then I put in extra time to get that basic knowledge because it’s really really important. So that was a hurdle for me.
Why did you choose this subject?
Samieer: Oh, I chose this subject because I thought that it would be very fun.
Aryssa: I guess I could say I was getting okay grades in Years 7, 8 and 9, so I said ‘Okay, I think I’ll do well.’
Hannah: The school asked us what we wanted to do in the future, and so I was considering what I was gonna do in the future. I thought about going to fashion school and then I said ‘You know what, Textiles might be a good base’. So I took it and ever since my Years 10 and 11, Textiles has been my little ‘man-cave’. Like my escape place.
Was there anything in the subject that was different from your initial expectations? What were the main changes from Year 9?
Hannah: A lot of hard work.
Samieer: I don’t think that I was prepared. When I did it in Year 9 down to Year 7, it was just DT in general and it was just this thing where you do the project and if you don’t finish it it’s fine. Now that I actually have to finish the projects and stuff, it’s become a bit more serious and like a proper subject. So that was the only thing that I didn’t really prepare for.
What do lessons look like in terms of writing, independent study, collaboration, assessments etc.?
Hannah: The teacher is very interactive with you because the class for Textiles tends to be smaller. You’re very independent and you’re individually working at your own pace.
Samieer: They just give you an objective and they allow you to do whatever work you want. And you have to experiment with different materials and stuff.
What are the skills/knowledge you can develop from this subject and why are they useful?
Aryssa: In Year 10, when you get to the end you basically combine all your skills.
Samieer: You learn how to evaluate yourself better and reflect on what went well and what went wrong.
Hannah: You can see the process of how you reach the final part of the project. It’s very important to like, show the process and how you develop ideas.
Any tips for new Textiles students?
Hannah: Meet the deadlines; don’t procrastinate! When your teacher tells you do something, make sure you do it. Even if it’s just the slightest thing like getting a small design done- get it done by the next whatever deadline because little, little things like that you tend to be like ‘Oh that’s really easy, I’ll do it later’, but the truth is that those little, little things will add up. You’ll only start your coursework when you go into Year 11 and so in Year 10 a lot of people take it for granted and they’re like ‘Okay, my final grade only starts in Year 11’ but that Year 10- that whole year is really, really important since it’s a honeymoon year and that’s when all the input comes in- all the techniques you’re gonna learn. So that’s really important and don’t take Year 10 for granted; it’s really important. You don’t learn until it affects your final grade.
Samieer: I guess I would say 2 things: one is, whenever you have the chance to, you should go to the DT room and actually do all your work instead of playing video games. You should also definitely make sure that your book is neat and in good condition, and don’t use easily erasable stuff because when I first did my first sketchbook with all my stitching samples, I did all my work in pencil and so my teacher asked me to erase everything and write it all in pen. So I spent the whole Sunday just rewriting.
Hannah: And don’t take the subject for granted- they’ll tell you there’s no exam so it should be easy and I guess it will be easier, since it’s content-based but actually the workload is a lot. Don’t take it for granted that you don’t have to study.
Samieer: Yeah, don’t underestimate Textiles.
Hannah: Yeah, don’t do that. It’s not an easy A.
Aryssa: But definitely take it!
How do you study for the subjects?
Hannah: Read up on techniques. I mean, you have the textbook and you learn the techniques but then if there’s other techniques that you think might be useful, then talk to your teacher about it. Ask her whether you can put it in your coursework, because the more skills you put into your coursework, the better the grade.
Samieer: You do samples and you write about the different stitching techniques that you’ve done and like lay down plans and stuff in terms, so I guess you can always go back to your work and revise it or refer to it when you want to do one of your stitching samples, when you know you’ve done them before but you can’t really remember how you did it.
Will taking any other subjects help you be more successful in this one?
Samieer: If you took Art you can get a few ideas from your work from the other projects and then put it into your Textiles projects.
Aryssa: Because you never know, if you take Art they give you a list of topics to choose from for the Art exam and those topics could be related to the Textiles topics.
Overview by Mrs Perkins
Describe your subject in 3 words
Creative, interesting and challenging.
What are the top 3 skills needed to be successful in this subject?
Attentive, problem-solving and creativity.
How does your subject promote personal development?
It’s looking at wider issues and being able to interpret those into their own skills and their own viewpoints.
How does your subject promote professional development?
We have an interesting industry, we are constantly putting up different displays about the career paths they can choose to take, and we are considering bringing in a wider range of things the students are looking for.
What is the best thing about your subject?
You get to be completely creative and interpret things the way you want to do it and not having anybody say that that’s wrong. You can do anything you want to.
Papers in Textiles