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At KS3 - D&T Textiles Technology our students learn to become independent and creative thinkers through designing, making and evaluating. They are introduced to a broad range of practical skills, in decoration and construction, that enable them to problem solve and make informed decisions about the products they design and make. The textile department encourages the pupils to go beyond the technical and to be inspired by the world around them for creative inspiration.

KS3 D&T: Textiles Technology

At KS3 our students learn to become independent and creative thinkers through designing, making and evaluating. 
They are introduced to a broad range of practical skills, in decoration and construction, that enable them to problem solve and make informed decisions about the products they design and make. The textile department encourages the pupils to go beyond the technical and to be inspired by the world around them for creative inspiration.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Safety in the workplace

Decorative skills – stencilling, applique, embellishment

Designing as a team

Customer focus

Computer Added Design and repeat pattern

Natural fibres and fabrics

Cultural patterns and textiles

Safety using electrical equipment

Decorative skills - tie dye, transfer painting and building on previous knowledge of skills from Year 7

Construction skills –  sewing machine, envelope cushion, piping

Shop profile and trend forecasting

Exploring Art Deco & Art Nouveau design movements

Synthetic fibres and fabrics

Investigating current textile designers and artists

Exploring Pop Art & Bauhaus movements

Decorative skills – all previous knowledge of skills from Year 7 & 8, art textiles techniques

Construction skills - sewing machine, patchwork, quilting

Fabric choice and properties

Sustainability and recycling


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS4 Textiles Design GCSE

Textiles Design GCSE

Click here for the Edexcel Textile Design GCSE webpage and here for the 1TEO Specification.

Textile Design GCSE is a versatile subject that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, and processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching and printing to create designs and products.

Textiles Design includes the study of art textiles, fashion design & illustration, costume design, printed & dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched/embellished textiles, soft furnishings/textiles for interiors, digital textiles & installed textiles.

Students will develop and demonstrate a skilful and sensitive command of these techniques and media. A large proportion will be of a practical nature and students will be encouraged to work in an independent manner.

The course is different to Textiles Technology which is studied at KS3 but this allows students to explore more individual ideas and particular techniques which are linked to an overall theme of ORDINARY and/or EXTRAORDINARY.

Students will study and analyse critically, evaluate and reflect on their own work and the work of textile artists, designers and crafts persons. They will be expected to demonstrate the ability to record ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements visually and through informative written annotations, using suitable specialist vocabulary.

Students are encouraged to work from observation and individual research in order to develop their own ideas and style. Students are expected to keep a sketchbook or work journal that supports each project and should be able to continue work at home.

In year 11, from January onwards, students work on their externally set assignment and prepare for the final exhibition in May. It is essential that all four assessment objectives are met by each unit of work. The final GCSE grade is weighted as follows:

60% personal portfolio and 40% on the externally set assignment.

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS5 Art and Design: Textiles Endorsed

Art and Design: Textiles Endorsed

(CLICK HERE FOR THE SPECIFICATION EDEXCEL TEXTILES A LEVEL 9TE0)

Course Length:  A level 2 years

Student Course Criteria

For students who demonstrate an aptitude and interest in decorative textiles and who wish to further explore and experiment in the creative and practical aspects of the media.  Also, for those students who are thinking about careers for which an art/textiles background would be relevant.

Course Overview

You will work with a range of mostly practical activities such as printing, fabric painting, appliqué, batik, embroidery, weaving, yarn and fabric dying, painting and drawing.  These processes are developed in a highly individual and creative way and will enable you to respond to the visual world in an expressive and imaginative manner.

You will also develop your analytical and documenting skills together with your knowledge of art and textiles in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Course Assessment

2 units over the two years for A Level:

Component 1 – Coursework 60%

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment 40%

Further Opportunities Following this Course

Students often go on to further studies in art and design or textiles, usually at Art College or further education.  These studies may then lead on to careers in fashion, textiles, jewellery design, costume design, theatre design, interior design or product buying in areas such as fashion and textiles.

Securing a Place at Post-16

The best foundation for success in A level Textiles is a good GCSE grade in Art and/or Textiles (minimum grade of 6) together with the enthusiasm, commitment and determination to develop your interest and abilities. Please refer to our entry policy.  

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact them at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 0208 3633030.

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