Textiles is a vibrant and popular subject which offers pupils the opportunity to develop creative and practical skills. It prepares pupils to become sophisticated problem solvers whilst considering the social and environmental needs of future generations.
Design and Technology prepares pupils to become sophisticated problem solvers. Pupils find design solutions in a creative manner, by developing ideas and making products. Practical skills are combined with an Understanding of Design, Market Needs, Environmental Issues and Industrial Practice.
The course is assessed through a Controlled Assessment and a Written Examination. The Controlled Assessment consists of 60% of the marks available for the subject and the Written Examination 40%.
The Controlled Assessment consists of a Design-and-Make Activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development and making of a product and a design folder with appropriate ICT evidence.
Pupils often choose to design and make children’s clothing, baby toys, fashion items and interior design products.
Pupils build practical skills in Year 10 making Cushions and Fashion Items. In Year 11 candidates can focus on either Fashion and Accessories or Textile Furnishings (wall hangings, soft furnishings). The Controlled Assessment is carried out during lesson time in Year 11. Candidates will develop a working knowledge of textiles by investigating Fibres and Fabrics (including recent developments in SMART Materials), the application of Colour onto Fabric and Industrial Processes.
Candidates develop ICT capability in Textiles Technology through using a variety of computer programs including Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture, use of the Digital Cameras, Laser Image Printing, Scanners and Computerised Sewing Machines.
Design and Technology is a broad subject. Pupils will have begun to specialize in particular aspects of Textiles during their examination courses, and some of these lead directly to specialised courses in Further and Higher Education. Past pupils are following BTECs and Degrees including Printing, Weaving, Garment Technology, Shoe Design, Millinery, Interior Design, Costume Design, Make-Up Artist, Window Display and Education.
We are very proud that one former Greenbank Textiles pupil is currently working for Topshop as Junior Fashion Designer and another is working as Pattern Design Intern at Jonathon Saunders.