AQA Art & Design Textiles 8204

Course Outline

GCSE textiles is defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose.

This course will allow candidates to learn about a range of textile processes and techniques while also developing their knowledge and understanding of contextual studies.  They will learn how to use a range of visual stimuli to develop an idea, which they will later evaluate and refine in order to achieve the best outcome.  Furthermore, students on the textiles course are developing transferable skills.  The nature of the course requires students to make independent decisions regarding their projects and its final outcomes.  A high level of self-direction is expected.

Assessment Method

Component 1: Portfolio

60% of total marks

No time limit

96 marks

A portfolio that in total shows clear coverage of four assessment objectives.  It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the students’ course of study.

Component 2: Externally set assignment

40% of total marks

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours controlled assessment

96 marks

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

Study Requirements

Students must learn how to use a variety of sources to inspire the development of ideas.  They will learn ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language, using formal elements.  They will then apply these ideas to create functional or non-functional textiles.

Students will learn a variety of processes and techniques which will include some, or all, of the following:

Felt making

Free machining/stitched and embellished textiles


Shibori dyeing


Reverse appliqué

Constructed textiles

What can I do with this Qualification?

A GCSE in art & design textiles will help you progress to either an A level or BTEC Level 3 course in fashion design or applied textiles.  The art and design nature of the course allows students to develop the transferable skills of exploration, creativity and communication of their own ideas and, thus, is a stepping stone to a wide range of future opportunities.

Additional Costs

The course involves a lot of practical skill and use of materials as well as a sketch book and plastic portfolio.  There is a cost of approximately £30 in years 9 and 10 to cover a personal kit of sewing materials and resources.  In year 11, students are required to fund the materials used to create their coursework and exam projects.

For further information please contact

Mrs S Mitchell smitchell@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk