Specialism:Year 11 Textiles

What will my child be studying?

Students will be working for the AQA GCSE Textiles syllabus, learning the theory of textile fibres and fabrics, methods of decorating textiles as well as a range of construction methods. This will be completed through a range of activities, practical and theory, to ensure thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the syllabus. They will complete their work on the Controlled Assessment task started during Year 10. Time will be spent ensuring that students are prepared for the terminal exam at the end of the course.

How is the course assessed?

The course consists of coursework worth 60% of the whole and 40% as a terminal exam based on all the theory studied. Assessments based on GCSE descriptors for each grade and are made throughout the course to ensure that students know the level at which they are working as well as how to improve.

Are there Controlled Assessments?

There is one Controlled Assessment which is completed under a level of medium control. This consists of a design folder and a final piece or set of pieces based on one of many design contexts set by the exam board. This work should take approximately 45 hours. The coursework will have been started in Year 10 and be completed by February in Year 11.

How long are the examinations?

There is a mock examination taken around Christmas. This does not count towards the final GCSE grade, but helps the students to understand what is needed in the exam which will be taken in May or June. It is 2 hours long and includes a design section as well as more formal theory questions.

What equipment should my child have?

Students should always have drawing equipment as well as pens and will have small textiles equipment that they purchased at the beginning of Year 10.

What texts would you recommend?

GCSE Design and Technology for AQA: Student Book: Textiles Technology (GCSE Design and Technology for AQA: Textiles Technology) by Rose Sinclair (Author), Mr Geoff Hancock (Editor)
Textiles Technology: Revision Guide (Collins GCSE Essentials) Paperback by Various authors

What websites would you recommend?

http://getrevising.co.uk/resources/gcse_aqa_textiles_revision_notes
https://textilesgillies.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/aqa-answers-to-examination-style-questions.pdf

How can I support my child’s learning?

Please ensure that your child prepares for lessons, completes homework tasks and brings in necessary resources to enable him/her to complete classwork to the highest possible standard.
It may also be necessary or desirable for your child to attend Coursework Catchup sessions, in which case arrangements will need to be made for transport home from school.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs K Baker at: kbaker@tringschool.org