The Textile Course at Bishop Walsh is good preparation to do a range of Textile and Design related degree or diploma courses, and then into a career in textiles, design, media, film and television, ICT, advertising or teaching.   After completing A Levels, Foundation Degrees are designed as the principal gateway into a higher education in Art and Design. However, some Universities will accept students directly after A Levels, but we always recommend that students progress onto a Foundation Degree Course.

We aim to encourage the enjoyment and appreciation of the diversity of Textile Design and Construction which incorporates a wide variety of disciplines, both traditional and modern.

  • Surface Pattern Decoration— Visual and tactile surface decoration to include pattern and colour.
  • Printing and Dying— Transferring images using traditional methods; block printing, batik, shibori, screen printing, stencilling or Hi Tec printing.
  • Constructed— Knitting, weaving, felt, embroidery and appliqué.
  • Fashion— Garment construction, footwear design, fashion drawing, accessories, costume design.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design: Textile Design (Endorsed)

The Course aims to encourage creativity in Fashion and Textile Design.

Students are encouraged to develop an expressive, functional and decorative response from a range of starting points, themes or design briefs. Students will explore a wide range of traditional and modern techniques and processes.

    • Fashion including Fashion Design, Fashion Drawing, Costume Design, Garment Making, Fashion Accessories including, Hats, Bags & Scarves
    • Surface Decoration including Printing, Beading, Appliqué, Embroidery, Felt Making, Weaving, Knitting and Stitching.
    • Surface Pattern Decoration
    • Visual and tactile surface decoration to include pattern, colour and scale
    • Printing and Dying
    • Transferring images using traditional methods or Hi-Tec sublimation printing

If you are considering Fashion, this three year option is invaluable as it allows students the time and opportunity to learn the techniques, develop their skills and become confident in the subject before

starting their coursework portfolio in Year 10.

Every year the Department stages an internal Fashion Show. All students are encouraged to take part.

Units of Work

A Coursework Portfolio is produced over two years and accounts for up to 60% of the total marks. This portfolio is marked, and then moderated by OCR. The aim of the Portfolio is to offer individual students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to research, develop and realise their design ideas.

A Set Task (Exam) is completed at the end of the course and accounts for up to 40% of the total marks. Students select a starting point from the exam boards question paper and produce a piece of work over ten hours under exam conditions.

This is an exciting, demanding but thoroughly enjoyable course that tests the student’s practical and intellectual abilities. Students of all abilities will benefit as they develop their own ideas and make the most of skills and techniques they have personally found successful.

Key Stage 5


Coursework Portfolio—Candidates produce a portfolio of work from a range of starting points, topics or themes determined by the Textiles Staff and the candidate. The focus of the work should show exploration, research, acquisition of techniques and skills.

Controlled Assignment—Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper. There will be time for candidates to plan their work. The candidates will then be given five hours of controlled time to work on developing their ideas to realisation(s)/outcome(s).


Personal Investigation — Candidates submit one major project that has a personal significance. The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000 and 3000 words.

Controlled Assignment— Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper. There will be time for candidates to plan and prepare their work. The candidates will then be given 15 hours of controlled time to realise their ideas into a final outcome or outcomes.

Extra Curricular Information