DT: Fashion & Textiles GCSE



TITLE: Edexcel Design Technology: Fashion & Textiles

CODE: 603/0698/1


You will study a broad course of Design & Technology which builds on the core of what you have been taught across Key Stage 3 and you will choose to look at Fashion & Textiles in more detail as a Fashion & Textiles specialist. The course will teach you about the fabrics you need to make a high level product for your GCSE coursework (Non Examined Assessment) through practical, project work and theory lessons which will underpin your understanding. 

Design & Technology isn’t JUST one subject, it’s a fusion of lots of subjects. It doesn’t just cover Electronics, Product Design and Textiles, it includes Maths and Science. It teaches you to use D&T with Maths and Science to produce a high quality outcome, just like you have done in Key Stage 3. You’ll get to work in a multiple of Design & Technology subjects and use them together to produce something GREAT!

Year 10 is used to build on what we learn at Key Stage 3 and learn new content through some high level projects, which will stretch and challenge you to produce something amazing! It will give you a strong basis of knowledge as well as making skills and folder work, which can then be applied to Coursework, which we start at the end of Year 10 and counts for 50% of your final grade. Fashion & Textiles theory is taught through a range of methods including hand sketching, practical skills and Computer Aided Design software.

Coursework (NEA) starts at the end of Year 10 and worked on in Year 11. You will have to produce a portfolio which demonstrates your ability to research, design, develop, make and evaluate your chosen product from a list of themes set by the exam board. Pupils studying Design Technology will need to provide fabrics for coursework or contribute towards the cost of components for practical work as you will keep whatever you make.

Assessment Structure:

  • Controlled Assessment - 50% Pupils complete an extended Design and Make project
  • Written Paper - 50% (1hr 45min paper)

Other Information:

Clothes Show Live in June of Year 10

* Students may only opt for one of DT:Electronics, DT: Product Design, DT: Textiles.

Routes for Progression:

Studying Design & Technology shows an employer that you are able to use a wide range of academic and practical skills and can apply your knowledge to solve problems.

You can go on to study A Level Fashion & Textiles following GCSE Design Technology. This can lead to university courses, college courses or employment in a range of areas including Fashion Design, Fashion Management, Product Buyer and Interior Design.

Textiles Staff

Mrs J Wilson (AHoD)

Coursework Structure



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