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60% controlled assessment – design and make practise
40% written paper – theory & design

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 coursework takes the form of an individual design and make task based on design briefs set by the exam board. Students are encouraged to work independently using a range of design, make skills to produce an original product using textile materials and components. They will analyse and evaluate their work as they go along. The work is submitted as an e portfolio and accompanying product.

The exam is theory based with a design element; it covers the following topics which will be taught throughout years 10 and 11:

  • Fibres and Fabrics Properties and characteristics
  • Product maintenance, suitability and fitness for purpose
  • Dyeing and printing
  • Decoration and enhancement
  • Design and market influences
  • Social and cultural influences on the consumer market
  • Consumer choice and ethical issues
  • Moral and environmental issues
  • Range of processes used for textile production and manufacture
  • Use of CAD and CAM

Curriculum Content Textiles KS4