GCSE Home Economics, Textiles

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What will I learn?

The specification content is divided into four compulsory areas of study which must be interrelated whenever possible. The following content should be taught in the context of the assessment objectives.

1 – Fibres and Fabrics

2 – Textile Design

3 – Construction and Decoration of Textiles

4 – Consumer Choice

How will I learn?

Key Skills are integral to the study of GCSE Home Economics: Textiles and may be assessed through the course content and the related scheme of assessment as defined in the specification. The following key skills can be developed through this specification at levels 1 and 2:

• Communication

• Problem Solving

• Information and Communication Technology

• Working with Others

• Improving Own Learning and Performance

Candidates are expected to make effective use of ICT in ways that are appropriate to the needs of the subject. Opportunities will arise in the Controlled Assessment and classroom activities where pupils will be expected to find, select and synthesise information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.  This specification provides a framework and includes specific content through which individual courses may address spiritual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and other issues.  The specification provides opportunities for candidates to make judgements and decisions and will contribute substantially to their understanding of these issues.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Principles of Textiles and Fashion (40%)

Written Paper: 1½ hours 80 marks

One paper which will be externally set and marked targeted at the full range of GCSE grades. The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from all areas of the specification and will assess the quality of written communication.


Unit 2: Textiles and Fashion Practical Tasks (60%)

Controlled Assessment 120 marks

(i) Task 1: (20%) One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC to include investigation and production.

Duration: 10 hours to be carried out within the centre to commence in the first half of the course. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

(ii) Task 2: (40%) One task to be selected from a choice of two tasks set by WJEC to include researching, planning, making and evaluating.

Duration: 20 hours to commence in the second half of the course.  Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

What’s next after the course?

The specification provides a suitable basis for further study at 16+ offering progression on to academic and a variety of vocational courses including A/AS Home Economics, Design and Technology (Textiles) and Art.  It provides progression opportunities into other qualifications, within the same or a related area. It could enhance career opportunities or provide a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for candidates who do not progress to further study in the subject.

Future employment opportunities?

Examples of careers where GCSE Home Economics Textiles will be of great value include;

  • Apparel Stylist
  • Assistant Stylist
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) Designer or Operator
  • Design Technician
  • Fabric Development Specialist
  • Lace Designer
  • Print Designer
  • Production Equipment Operator
  • Textile Artist or Designer