Key Stage 4 - Product Design Textiles
Exam Board: AQA Product Design Textiles 4572
Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.
The GCSE in Product Design Textiles offered at KSHS is in line with the AQA qualification. The specification gives candidates the opportunity to:
- be creative and innovative when designing;
- design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers;
- understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose;
- develop and use design briefs and specifications for product development;
- consider the conflicting demands that moral, cultural, economic, and social values and needs can make in the planning and in the designing of products;
- consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products;
- generate design proposals against stated design criteria, and to modify their proposals in the light of on-going analysis, evaluation and product development;
- reflect critically when evaluating and modifying
Aims of the course
If you are a student who enjoys working with fabric, thread and a variety of textile techniques, and have an interest in fashion and textile products you will enjoy this course. During the first year, there is a strong emphasis placed upon developing student’s creative and practical skills. Students are encouraged to use a variety of different strategies in order to create a range of design ideas and worked samples. This knowledge is then applied to product briefs which could see the student developing ideas for a fashion garment or for a textile product such as a theatrical costume, children’s clothing or a toy.
Course content / structure
Students are allocated 5 hours per fortnight of timetable time in Years 10 and 11 for their Design and Technology studies. The course content is structured around designing and making projects and textiles theory on which the written examination is based.
Topics covered include:
- Design skills
- Making Skills
- Materials and Components
- Fibres and Fabrics
- Finishing Processes
- Design and market influences.
- Product Analysis
- Social, cultural, moral, environmental and health and safety issues.
- Processes and Manufacture
- Production Planning
- Information and communication technologies.
Unit 1 (45701)
Written Paper – 2 hours – 120 marks – 40%
Candidates answer all questions in two sections. Pre-release material issued
Unit 2 (45702)
Controlled Assessment – Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%
Consists a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks.