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At Hodge Hill College, our Textiles curriculum involves the selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials.  Pupils engage with different processes including felting, batik, stitched and embellished textiles, sewing, constructed textiles, dyed fabrics, fashion design, fabric painting, free motion embroidery and silk painting to create their own designs and products. 

Our curriculum aims to develop: 

  • Pupils’ knowledge about the history of design including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day
  • Confidence in using a range of techniques to record observations as a basis for exploring creative work
  • Pupils’ proficiency in drawing, understanding materials and design processes to create a final outcome
  • Critical understanding of designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform pupils own work
  • Confidence in analysing and evaluating pupils own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact of work
  • Pupils’ knowledge of textile properties and characteristics
  • Pupils’ understanding of the issues which influence the design industry and consumers


Five Year Plan



Key Stage Four

GCSE Textiles
Exam board Edexcel Course code 1TE0
Examined by

Two folders are created throughout the course, a coursework folder and an examination folder. The coursework folder is developed throughout Year 10 and one term of Year 11 and constitutes 60% of the overall grade.

The examination folder is started in the Spring term of Year 11 and follows a theme given by the examination board, the folder constitutes 40% of the final grade and culminates in a practical examination sat over a period of ten hours. Both folders contain an investigation of the artwork by established artists and artwork produced by the student.

Students must also produce written work exploring the theme, analysing artwork and explaining their personal response to the project.

Key topics taught
  • Drawing from first hand and second-hand sources using a range of mark-making techniques
  • Experimentation with a range of materials and techniques
  • Development of textiles skills with an emphasis upon the use of materials with the aim of producing large pieces of work to a high standard
  • The study of key themes in Art, for example, portraiture and landscape and exploring these themes within the contexts of culture, history and contemporary practice

Assessment Objective 1 is concerned with developing student's awareness of Critical and Contextual studies. A range of established Artists and contemporary artists are studied throughout the two-year course. Work is produced visually with supporting text.

Assessment Objective 2 is concerned with developing student's understanding of ideas and the uses of different materials. They are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials with confidence.

Assessment Objective 3 is concerned with developing students recording skills. We encourage all students to record from a range of experiences.

Assessment Objective 4 is concerned with final outcome.