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Year 7

The first project in Year 7 is an Adinkra key fob project which introduces students to hand embroidery and applique techniques. They will design and make a personalised key ring. They will also learn how about Adinkra Symbols and their hidden meaning; use to creates a range of personalised logo. Students will also learn about health and safety routines in the textiles area. The second project called Chicken door stop, will introduce them to operating the sewing machine, how to sew a button and template making.

Year 8- Cultural T-Shirt

This project is all about experimenting with different textile decoration and colouring techniques as well as altering the construction of a T-shirt. Students will bring in a T-shirt from home or purchase one. They have the opportunity to learn about designs from different ethnic cultures around the world; namely Aboriginal, Ndebele and Egyptian. They will use pattern and shapes from these cultures to design a range of T-shirt and choose one of their ideas as their final product.

They will decorate it using textiles techniques ranging from tie dye, poly block printing, batik, machine and hand embroidery, plain and reverse applique. Each class will vote the best outcome to be entered into the Kingsmead School Fashion Show, which takes place in May.


Years 9

This is a highly practical course with a strong emphasis on creativity.
Students learn a variety of textile techniques including:

ICT is embedded in all our projects through the use of computer aided design. We hold a Fashion Show every year to share the amazing talent of our young designers.

The Textile GCSE is made up of two elements, portfolio work and the final exam. The portfolio work will be created in year 9 and the first term of year 10. They will work on 1 project. By the end of year 9, they will create a portfolio design and either make a fashion garment, a printed textile, or an interior design product as their final outcome. This will account for 60% of your final grade.

Year 10

In January, year 10 students will commence work on their externally set assignment. The Exam questions are set by AQA exam board. Students will select and investigate one of these question. They will be expected to complete all preparation work in a sketchbook; exploring a range of textile techniques from texafoil, to beading, hand embroidery, free motion embroidery, batik, angelina fibre and applique; which have been previously sampled in earlier projects.

All projects will also provide opportunities to investigate the work of artists/designers using a range of different media, such as; oil pastels, coloured pencils, water colour paint, pencil drawing, pen and ink, chalk and charcoal, mixed media and collage. Once sketch book work completed, they will sit a 10hour exam; making a textiles print, using their research material from their sketch books. This will make up 40% of their final grade.


We are proud to provide our students with highly creative and practical courses which have a strong emphasis on learning advanced textiles skills. We offer an enthusiastic and nurturing environment in which our students gain confidence in their work and themselves. The course currently offered at Kingsmead is GCE A level Art & Design (Textile Design)

What will I study for AS Textiles?

Unit 1 Portfolio- A personalised project

Students will develop a coursework ‘Portfolio’ exemplifying work carried out during the AS course. Usually tailored to match future career prospects, personal interest or university course, they will begin by making observational studies of the work of an Artist / designer / craft person experimenting with different media like paints, charcoal, collage, inks etc.

These usually develop into ideas by experimenting with a range of textiles techniques. We also organise museum visits as part of their primary research process. To which they will produce a critical study and detail drawings. The personal final piece from their research, exploration and experimentation could be an interior design product, fashion item, printed textiles, accessory or wall hanging. This constitutes 50% of their final grade.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment

We subscribe to the AQA exam. There will be a question paper for Textiles containing five exciting starting points. Students will choose one and complete the preparation work in a sketchbook. There is a period of design development undertaken in controlled conditions which lasts for 10 hours. The final piece will be produced in Printed textiles produced in the Textiles room.

What will I study for A2 Textiles?

Preparing to interviews and final project

At the start of year 13, students are supported with their portfolio work in preparation for University interviews. This usually consists work completed at AS and GCSE levels. After which they will develop a personal investigation in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choosing (usually it will be a technique or art movement that has interested you during your AS year). The practical work is supported by a written element of no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words, leading to a finished piece or pieces.

Final outcomes from this unit may include the following:

Unit 4 Externally Set Assignment

This is usually an externally set assignment by AQA exam board. The question paper will contain eight exciting starting points. Student will choose one and complete the preparation work in a sketchbook. The final piece will be produced in controlled conditions in the Textiles room in exam conditions.

How will your work be assessed?

There are four areas (Assessment Objectives) that work is marked on. The coursework and controlled test are marked using the same criteria at the end of each course. The work is marked in school and by an external moderator. The assessment objectives include:

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