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Art and Design (BTEC) = Textiles

Subject Vision


Art Subject Vision:

Art and Textiles provide us with the opportunity to Explore, Interpret, Experiment and respond to the world around us in refreshing, innovative ways. We are given the freedom to express and communicate ideas and meaning, perhaps from perspectives that we have not previously explored, providing us with a unique platform unlike any other, to communicate to our audience.


In 2019 the Office for National Statistics provided the DATA that;

  • The arts and culture industry has grown £390million in a year and now contributes £10.8billion a year to the UK economy.
  • The sector contributes £2.8billion a year to the Treasury via taxation, and generates a further £23billion a year and 363,700 jobs.

How the Textiles curriculum fits into our Whole School Vision:


Broad – BTEC Textiles offers an engaging and stimulating introduction into the world of Fabric Manipulation and Contextual Reference, giving students the opportunity to develop knowledge, design and technical skills. Students explore some of the key areas within the Textiles disciplines including printing, applique, silk painting, sewing machine skills, felting and hand stitching and the processes involved in producing distinctive and imaginative work.

Stimulating – Students investigate how textile artists, from historical and contemporary times, investigate a range of processes within the creative process to create individual and wide ranging techniques.

Enjoyable – Students have the opportunity to explore their designs and ideas through modelling textiles in 2D and 3D and experimenting with combining techniques in their own responses to a given brief.

Engaging – We look at preparation for employment in the Textile industry and the skills and opportunities required to progress through career paths. We have the opportunity to invite local practitioners to visit school and run workshops to give students practical experience and discuss opportunities within the Textile industry.

Motivating – Students are encouraged to research local and global textile practitioners as case studies when exploring how textile products meet the needs of different clients. Students are given the opportunity to experience a range of textile processes to gain hands on practical experience of a range of textile processes.

Challenging – The course provides a basis for progression to further study in this sector by following the BTEC National Level 3 in the Sixth Form or an apprenticeship within one of the Textile sectors.


The Textiles curriculum has been designed with the intention of providing our students with the skills required to tackle the formal assessment (x2 paper external examination) in Year 11 in addition to the 2 internally assessed components across the two year course.

Teachers will present subject content clearly, promoting appropriate discussion, checking learning, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. As a result teachers will respond and adapt their teaching as necessary.

Assessments will be delivered in a way that promotes long-term memory as well as the appropriate exam technique required to respond effectively to questioning and structure exam style questions appropriately.



Students will make good progress against their outcomes, which will mean high attainment; a strong grounding for life in the real world, equipping them with skills such as identifying issues, problem solving, expressing ideas creatively and clearly, developing ideas and communicating these to others. Progress will be monitored against target grades, gap analysis is undertaken after formal assessments to enable staff to identify individual student’s areas of weakness and strength, enabling them to offer personalised personal checklist to improve performance.


Homework - KS4

Year Task Time
Year 10 Individual homework appropriate to progress. 30 mins
Year 11

Individual homework appropriate to progress.

30 mins


Check the Curriculum Year information for the homework timetable.

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Homework - KS5

Year Task Time

Year 12

Term 1: Weekly Practical work beyond the classroom that supports the current project.

Term 2: Unit 1 External exam revision worksheets.

Term 3-6: Weekly Practical work beyond the classroom that supports the current project.

60 mins

Year 13

Term 1-2: Weekly Practical work beyond the classroom that supports the current project.

Term 3-4: Unit 2 External exam revision worksheets.

Term 5-6: Weekly Practical work beyond the classroom that supports the current project.

60 mins

Level 2 Subject Information

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award

Students studying Level 2 BTEC Textiles will receive three timetabled lessons a week, in Year 10 and 11. Over the course of the two years students will study three projects followed by the exam project at the end of year 2.

Students will be provided with workshops that introduce them to a broad range of Textile materials, techniques and processes and will be expected to also develop their own individual ideas in response to various project brief. If students are able to have a supply of some equipment at home such as needles and thread this will help with the independent work required to achieve the higher grades.


BTEC Level 2 First Award Textiles - Course Information


YEAR 10 UNIT 1: The Circus


A local theatre company is celebrating the arrival of a new act, ` The Circus`. They want local artists/designers to create new textile art work that will help promote their new show and are also eager to gain new ideas for Props and costumes.

It is expected that you research the circus theme to help you make informed responses. There are many different types of circus and the theatre is eager for artists to create work that is individual and unique.

Researching other artists/designers or related subject matter would also strengthen your work. You must experiment with a range of materials, techniques and processes and these experiments will lead to your four final outcomes.

The theatre has suggested that you create;

  • A range of fashion illustrations that show costume ideas for future performances (Graphic design/Illustration)
  • A final piece that could be used as part of a Circus costume (Fashion/Costume based)
  • Textile art for the entrance hall (Textile art)
  • A textile prop for the show-for example a sample of a small cushion (Interiors/props)


YEAR 10 UNIT 3: A Journey


You have been asked to produce some contemporary work in response to the theme `A Journey` for your local gallery space. You can interpret the theme in your own way and the gallery would like to see a range of individual responses. You will need to ensure that you build up a portfolio of sample experiments that explore the theme `A Journey` and you will need to think about what journey you would like to express in your work. It could be a personal journey or an insight into someone or something journey.

Your textile techniques could include; Print-work, Tie-dye, Embellished materials, Machine embroidery, Collage and Hand embroidery amongst many more.

You will need to also investigate a minimum of four textile designers` work and experiment with creating work in the style of these designers.

Your research and series of experiments will lead to your final outcome. The final outcome can be a wall hanging, 3D textile art piece or fashion outcome. You can explore the type of outcome that you are most interested in and enthusiastic about.



You have been commissioned to produce a 3-Dimensional piece of art work that celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. This piece of work will be a 3D piece and will reflect research into a range of 3-Dimensional artists and their methods. You will need to produce a range of research into a variety of 3D techniques and explore and experiment with a variety of materials and methods in response to this research. As your work progresses you should select and refine best techniques, this selective progress should lead to your final outcome.


YEAR 11 UNIT 2: exam project

A context is given as a pre-release to the students directly from Pearson’s Exam board. The students then have a number of weeks to complete artist research, create a series of experiments and develop their response to the brief before then sitting their final exam over a ten hour period to complete a final outcome relating to the context given by the exam board.

Learners will develop practical skills through exploration of specialist materials, techniques and processes.


Artists and designers develop practical skills in specialist disciplines. They improve their practical skills through testing and reviewing their application of techniques and processes to materials.

In this project, you will develop practical art and design skills and explore techniques. You will have the opportunity to work across a range of media used in art and design practice. You will take part in workshops and classes in which you practise skills with materials, techniques and processes.  Throughout your skills development, you will review your own progress and consider how you can make improvements. You will then learn how to communicate your process and outcome to show your skills development. The ability to learn and apply new practical skills through a process of development, reflection and refinement is highly valued in the creative industries. This project will help you to progress to Level 3 vocational and academic qualifications. The project will also enable you to develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, time management and communication, in preparation for further study and employment.

Level 3 Subject Information

We offer the BTEC Extended Certificate in Art and Design here at St George`s C of E Foundation School. We offer two choices, a Textiles pathway and an Art pathway. The course is over two years and involves four project, two are internally set and assessed and two projects are externally set and assessed.

The course provides students with a strong foundation in Art and Design and enables them to build UCAS points that can help them go on to any course in Higher Education. Students will also build an Art and Design portfolio and will be well prepared to go on to specialist creative degrees on design apprenticeship beyond sixth form.

Textiles (Extended Certificate)

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 12

Unit 14: Textiles, Materials, Techniques and Processes - The Rainforest

Unit 14: Textiles, Materials, Techniques and Processes - The Rainforest Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design - Exam Project Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design - Exam Project Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design - Exam Project Mixed Media Workshops
Year 13 Unit 3: The Creative Process - Evolution Unit 3: The Creative Process - Evolution Unit 3: The Creative Process - Evolution Unit 2: Critical and contextual Studies in Art and Design - Exam Project Unit 2: Critical and contextual Studies in Art and Design - Exam Project  

Unit 14: TEXTILE materials, techniques and processes

You will explore the breadth of materials, techniques and processes used to create Textile work. You will investigate their characteristics and properties, and experiment with the technical processes to develop an understanding of how Textile artists communicate ideas. You will then develop some of your own ideas and outcomes using the techniques you have learned, and review the development of your skills in this area.

Unit 1: visual recording in art and design

In this unit, you will develop your visual recording and communication skills through exploration and experimentation with materials and methods, gaining confidence in your ability to create work and express and communicate ideas. You will extend your skills through exploring the work of others, ongoing personal reflection and the refinement of your own work.

Unit 3: the creative process

You will experiment with ideas generation techniques and contextual research activities. You will develop ideas through use of materials, techniques and processes, refining your ideas and reviewing your working practices. You will explore ways to present your work and understand the importance of self-reflection and evaluation as an ongoing process. You will also explore how these activities can relate and support each other, looking at alternative and innovative approaches. You will then apply your own creative process to a piece of art and design work, reflecting on what you have learned to help inform your future practice.

Unit 2: critical and contextual studies in art and design

In this unit, you will develop contextual research and critical analysis skills. You will investigate the contextual influences on practitioners that drive and underpin their work. You will learn how to critically analyse pieces of art and design work, deconstructing images and thinking critically about what you see. You will develop these skills through investigation by selecting and sourcing relevant information in order to gain a full understanding of the work of artists and designers.

Revision - Level 2 First Award

Students` will have a practical Textiles exam at the end of their two year course and are encouraged to practice independent experimentation with a range of materials, techniques and processes in preparation. Art rooms and resources are available for students afterschool when this is pre-arranged with the students Art teacher.



Revision - Level 3 National


Personal Learning Checklists Unit 14
Example Exam Questions/Model Answers to follow
Revision Materials/Sharepoint to follow


Job Opportunities / Careers

In the textile design industry, you can use your creative flair and ability to generate ideas and concepts for creating innovative clothing and interior designs.

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Clothing/textile technologist
  • Colour technologist
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Pattern cutter
  • Textile designer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Conservator
  • Further education teacher
  • Graphic designer
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Printmaker
  • Product designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Stylist
  • Visual merchandiser


Typical employers

Employers of textile design graduates include:

  • Design studios and consultancies
  • Large fashion and design companies
  • Small specialist design companies
  • Manufacturing and processing companies that produce clothing, soft furnishings and other textile-based products
  • Interior design and decoration services
  • Private clients.

Textile design is a global industry and you may find opportunities to work abroad or with an international company.

Many designers work on a freelance basis and some choose to set up their own business, often designing and producing work for exhibitions, direct sale or through retail craft outlets.

You may choose to follow a portfolio career, combining several jobs such as design practice together with teaching, community arts work or curating.


useful links to universities 

degrees within textiles based subject = BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice = Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors BA (Hons) = Printmaking BA(Hons)  = BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery