Textiles - Year 10 and 11
GCSE Design and Technology - Textiles - AQA - specification code 8552
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The specification requires students to develop their ability to make textiles products. Over the two years, students will develop their practical and theory knowledge to successfully manufacture textile products.
During Year 10, students will focus on developing key hand skills as well as using machines i.e. sewing machine, over locker etc. In Year 11, students will complete their coursework portfolio as well as the preparation towards their exam at the end of Year 11.
Project work - Students will work on a range of projects including making doorstops, cushions, lights, bags and upcycling existing products to create new ones.
Students begin their major project in the summer term using skills learnt over the year. This will be a design and make activity from a range of exam board set tasks.
Theory - Theory lessons are weekly and concentrate on specialist technical principles. Students will acquire the knowledge on the specification topics in order to apply this to practical work in the classroom. This equips students with the knowledge required in the written exam
Homework - This will be set on a regular basis and will directly link to the theory elements within the course.
Most of Year 11 is spent working on the coursework which requires every student to produce a textile product with an accompanying portfolio. The coursework takes several months to complete and all of the work presented has to be a student’s own work.
This covers research, design, making and evaluation.
Students continue with weekly theory lessons throughout Year 11 to support their practical knowledge and prepare them for their exam.