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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Textiles


Course Outline

You will work within a variety of different contexts – surface decoration and home furnishing, fashion wear, fashion accessories using the sewing machine and industrial practices and techniques. All aspects of coursework will include ICT and graphical communication and drawing skills.


Year 10/Year 11 - programme outline

You will investigate materials and study a range of making techniques during year 10.  The understanding and knowledge gained throughout your course will help you to produce a GCSE coursework folder and range of final products in year 11.  The emphasis is on producing and manufacturing quality outcomes.



Single tiered assessment - grade A* – G to cater for students of all abilities. 


Controlled Assessment

60% of the total marks - 90 marks

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence.

The design folder should consist of approximately:

  • 20-25 pages of A3 paper

It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.

As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.


Written Paper

  • 40% of the total marks - 120 marks - 2 hours
  • One paper with two sections:

Section A - 30 marks: A design question based on context supplied before the exam

Section B - 90 marks: Covers all aspects of the specification content


Post 16 progression qualifications

AS levels and A2’s are available in all design and technology subject areas.  Vocational courses, for example foundation, higher and advanced diplomas and BTEC qualifications are also available in all subject areas.  Look at for further information.


Career options/pathways

Costume, fashion, footwear, clothing, textile designer.