During the first two terms of Year 9 students will continue to build upon their existing textiles knowledge and skills following a broad based art textiles curriculum working towards gaining the Bronze Arts Award which is a nationally recognised Level 1 qualification.

At the beginning of the Summer Term in Year 9 students will begin their GCSE in Textile Design which is a broad course exploring practical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes, new media and technologies. Textile design is defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose. Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of textile design such as: Art textiles, fashion design and illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors, digital textiles and installed textiles.

Examining Board: AQA

Aims of the GCSE Course:

  • To actively engage in the process of making art textiles in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • To develop creative skills, through learning to use imaginative and intuitive powers when exploring and creating images and artefacts that are original and of value.
  • To learn to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques, including, when appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies.
  • To develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.
Component Component Title Requirements Duration
Unit 1 Portfolio of Work
60% of GCSE
A selection from work undertaken during course of study.

Throughout the course.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment
40% of GCSE
One project of work.
Response to all assessment objectives.
Question papers issued from 1st January of examination year.
Unlimited preparation time.
10 hours of sustained focused study. (Examination)

Recommended Reading

Numerous art publications are held in the school library, ADT department and local library. Students are encouraged to watch BBC news and read magazine articles i.e. Textiles – Textile Insight Magazine http://www.textileinsight.com/index.html. The Internet is also a valuable resource for researching well known designers. Textile Insight Magazine http://www.textileinsight.com/index.html

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

A Level Fine Art is offered in the Sixth Form at Bentley Wood. Studying a broad based Art & Design course at GCSE is a basic requirement for pursuing any ‘art’ related subject at A Level and BTEC, such as Textile Design, Graphic Communication, Photography, 3-D including Sculpture and Ceramics. This will then lead on to degree and to a wide range of careers.
These would include:

  • Fashion photographer
  • Pattern cutter
  • Textile design
  • Artist
  • Fashion graphic designer
  • Soft furnishing
  • Furniture design
  • Stylist
  • Theatre/TV/film design
  • Interior design
  • Colourist
  • Illustrator
  • Museums/galleries
  • Trend forecasting
  • Fashion design
  • Buyer