GCSE Textiles Coursework Checklist
Use the following sheets to help you improve and complete your coursework
Section 1: Describes work that would be given an A grade.
Section 2: Guidance of the type of work that should be produced.
Section 3: some help notes from the examiners.
Section 4: You may write notes and tick off work completed and checked by me.
Assessment Criteria Content Notes Deadlines/
AO1 Analysis of Context and Task:
Highlight the key words or phrases.
Investigating Describe exactly what you have been asked
the design to do.
opportunity Start with a mind map, keep this small!
Write a list of what you need to know Research needs to be planned; it must
before you can begin designing. be relevant to the design brief and
Plan your research activities. carried out intelligently.
Sources: Retail outlets/ fabric suppliers or shops/ The examiners are looking for quality
charity shops (analysing products)/ magazines/ rather than quantity so try to keep this
prediction reports/ museums/ books/ paintings/ photos/ to no more than four pages.
target group/ client/ designers/ buyers/library You must use at least five sources of
resources/ internet/ catalogue. relevant information.
Research methods and information:
Moodboard: shapes; colour; decoration;
pattern; style; design theme; historical
reference; components; fabrics
Comparative shop report: prices; fabrics;
range; sizes; colour ways; components; pattern;
style; target market.
Analysis of relevant existing products :Look In order to thoroughly analyse a product
at 1-2 products draw them then analyse the it must be in front of you, you need to
following: colour; shape; styling; fabrics; be able to look at it closely inside and
components; decorative techniques; out finding out if the fabric has been
construction methods; finishing techniques; altered with the aid of stiffeners, lining
special features; size; price; labelling; quality of used and why, stitch details such as top
all components including fabric; packaging: stitching, is this for finish or added
analyse against end use; note any health and strength? Draw it in detail.
safety considerations or features; new Link your comments and findings to
technologies used. your specified target market or client;
Customer profile: Likes and dislikes of function; marketability and aesthetics of
consumers; design and performance the product.
requirements of consumer; aesthetic issues; If you include an interview carefully
cost, colour, range issues; moral and work out what you are trying to find out
environmental issues; health and safety that you could not using one of the
requirements. other sources. Make sure it is relevant.
Analysis of the research: The research analysis can be laid out
Summarise your design task. in a table. This is easily read and
What you need the research to answer or understood. For higher grades an
tell you? extended piece of writing (6-10
What research did you carry out and how? paragraphs) would be advisable.
Why did you choose to use these research Be very clear as to how it will help with
methods? (pros and cons) the next stage of the process. Describe
What did you find out from each research what you have found out and how this
task? can aid designing.
How will this inform your design The research must be analysed NOT
specification? described. This can be done as a table
Summarise your findings. or sectioned sheet.
Design Specification: Use most or all of the following It is worth noting that the examiners
headings: (for each one refer to your research analysis) produced a list of successful products
Function/ purpose: What is it; what and/ or and less successful ones:
who is it for; what should its key features be? Successful products: garment (top/ skirt/
Aesthetics: colour; shape; pattern; fit; drape; dress); accessories (bags/ hats); wall
detailing hanging; 3D clock; intricate cushions.
Theme and design inspiration: era; artists work; Less successful products: Ball gown;
cultural influences etc. apron; scarf; tie; fleece hat; sarong; duvet
Target Market/ Consumer requirements: cover; throw; screen; bean bag; play mat
gender; age; price bracket; need; fashion trend; for a baby.
demand; season; The examiners also noted that they were
Range content (if applicable) looking for products that demonstrated a
Performance requirements: Function variety of skills: decorative techniques;
requirements for intended use (strength; finish; altering the appearance and
elasticity; durability; heat retention; behaviour of the fabric; manipulating the
breathability; storage; reflective) Care issues. fabric with the use of pleating; folding;
stiffening; dyeing; padding; layering etc.
Time and resources: Available time for
They mentioned additions such as buckles;
production; Resources available; cost of fabrics,
components, equipment and specialist tassels; ties; pockets; inserts etc.
knowledge for production;
Include images; fabrics and sketches at
Value issues: Reference to moral;
this stage it will show you already
environmental; sustainability and social issues.
understand the theme and task.
Details: Include decisions made on finish;
style; size etc. NOTE: There may be information or
details concerning the task that you
Health and Safety: Risk assessments during
already know. Explain this and then do
testing and manufacture; Consumer rights need
not research it.
to be addressed ( labelling and product safety)
Life expectancy: What is it and why?
Scale of production: Prototype; batch; one-
off; mass production?
AO2 Initial Ideas
Produce 1-2 sheets of sketches annotating each idea The examiners stated very strongly that
Development of Wide range of distinct proposals: they were looking for quality of design
the Design On sheet one produce sketches that show rather than quantity.
Proposals detail, seams, how the product will sit, fall, They award high marks for: sketches
(Including function. that show imagination and original
modelling) Hint at colour for each idea. thought; link closely to the design spec;
On the second sheet show ideas in more detail. are feasible; varied; annotation on
Back/ side views should be done now. function and detail; some colour;
Convey your thinking through annotation for fabrics suggested; front and back views.
each idea. Remember the product is more
Label the sketches showing your knowledge of important than a sheet with beautiful
appropriate textile terms e.g.: finishes; detailed figures.
components; structural components; decorative It can be useful to add in any images
techniques. that directly inspired a design idea. This
Include close up drawings of decoration; shows very definite thinking. You may
fastenings; stitch details etc. already have a sample that has inspired
Summarise and evaluate each idea, relate this a design so add this to the sheet.
to the specification. Always remember your thought
State very clearly which idea or combination processes are very important.
of ideas you will be developing and why.
NB: One large product with
minimal but good skills will not
achieve such a high grade as a
smaller product showing more
skills and techniques.
Produce 6-8 sheets for the development of the final
On your first sheet: Produce mind maps to help rule
out inappropriate choices so that you only test details
that could feasibly be used. Then write a list of details
that will need to be investigated and tested, state why This is the most important part of the
and how you will do this. Think about the following: process and will take a long time.
Shape, style and size of product Show your thinking on paper. The
Components examiners give high marks to students
Fabrics who show their knowledge of the
Decorative techniques subject. This is your opportunity to
Construction methods demonstrate what you know about the
Environmental/ sustainability/ social/ moral fitting; putting together; function;
issues aesthetic appeal of the product.
Health and safety Only include relevant samples. You
Aftercare may find that through this process you
On the sheets that follow carry out the investigation come up with an idea not thought of
and technique samples evaluating as you go. Try to before, this is fine but you must explain
include actual components and fabrics. Include price; your thinking clearly.
where you got it from and any other relevant Keep including images that inspire
information. Show your thought processes and shape; colour; detail and even the mood
particularly how one test led onto another. of the product.
Produce detailed drawings showing how the Refer to how CAM could be used in the
idea is being developed. Annotate these production of the product even if a
drawings and any other work with evaluation specific piece of equipment is not
notes and any feedback from target market and available egPrinting; embroidery; laser
specialists NOTE: Through these drawings and cutting; buttonhole production;
annotation ask ‘why and how?’ for each detail: labelling.
colour; shape; pattern; pockets; decoration; size CAD can be used at this point to
etc. demonstrate alternative colour ways etc.
Produce paper and/or fabric samples at this Make sure your product reflects currant
stage to see if your thinking will work. Take trends, if it does not then alter it.
photos of this and include them. Remember the use of smart materials,
Produce samples of possible techniques, use fabrics and dyes.
fabrics and colours that closely relate to your
design ideas. These must be well carried out
and demonstrate your skills. Show how they
will be incorporated into the design.
Use star diagrams to evaluate the development.
Commercial patterns: If you are
On the final development sheet produce a very
detailed drawing for your product from going to use one then research
different angles. Show everything you’ve that now. Do not wait until the
learned and gained from your development and design is complete as you may
sampling work. Correct components; stitching
details; colour; fabrics; style details etc should find there is nothing available
all be included. Annotate these drawings. and you have to radically change
On this sheet include colour options and your design.
possible additions to a range.
Testing: use drawings and photos to show the
changes and explain why they had to be made.
E.g. you trialled digital embroidery and then
found the results were better and more
professional when done free hand on a sewing
machine or your bag design had a front pocket
but after modelling it looked too bulky and was
uncomfortable to carry.
On this sheet produce detailed drawings
showing different views of the product. From the Manufacturing Specification
Annotate the drawings with any notes that may someone else should be able to make
be helpful for production particularly your product. Therefore the details and
measurements. drawings must show all the details.
Include: fabric swatches; stitch details
(sample); components; costings; sources;
decorative details; specialist equipment and a Your paper patterns/ templates and
care label. toiles (prototype) will be assessed in
AO3 Production Plan Produce a rough plan that can be added
Making From your modelling and commercial pattern to and altered as you go along then a
(if you are using one) produce a flow chart final correct sequence for your folder.
showing how the product will be put together. Refer to pages101 and 113 in the text
Remember to use the correct shape for each book.
step: Action; Quality control checks; Examiners commented on how students
movement; input (equipment and materials) copy word for word from a text book.
output (product). A sub-assembly line may be Avoid this at all costs. It is better to
needed to produce pockets or a decorated have less information and it being all
section. your own work.
You may like to produce a chart
showing how you managed your time
during the production. However, do not
use a whole page. If you have to, shrink
it to fit onto the production plan.
Take photos as you produce your product. This If CAM is not available for the
is very important as it can help you get extra production of your product then say
marks. Particularly take pictures when you are how it would be done if the equipment
doing something complicated or something that were available or how it would be done
needs specialist equipment. in industry.
Keep this record as you go along. Annotate the
resulting sheet. Changes made: This is not where you
The following are good ways to show changes say you ran out of time or the sewing
made: machine would not work.
Even with the most thoroughly planned product it can This is a good opportunity to gain extra
be necessary to make changes during the final marks. The examiner will be looking
production. Mistakes can be made, a slip with scissors for a mature and imaginative response
and the result is a hole. This can be turned into a to problems and the subsequent need for
feature, contrasting fabric can be put behind and a changes.
decorative stitch used. The iron could be too hot and a Remember: Always put your thoughts
burn could result. The mark could be covered with and actions down on paper, justify
embroidery or a pocket. The changes may not be the changes.
result of a mistake it may be for aesthetic reasons. A
panel in a wall hanging needs more detail or decorative Your product needs to have a degree of
stitches enhanced your bag strap. complexity. Even if a product is
Your product must show case a variety of skills, beautifully made if it is simple you will
they must be: not get a high grade.
Skilful and consistent
Show the use of modern technology
Used/ carried out safely
This is an example of a high grade product:
NB: A high grade will not be
A wall hanging with shaped, hand dyed
machine embroidered and beaded tabs. The tabs gained if you use a commercial
are secured to the hanging with a covered pattern with no changes or
button. The bottom edge of the wall hanging is modifications.
wavy in shape. There are hand made tassels
hanging from this edge. The design on the wall
hanging is based on the work of Gustav Klimt.
There are a variety of textures achieved by the
use of dying, pleating, embroidery, appliqué,
layering, beading and burning. The patterns
were made by the student.
For the higher grades your product must be:
Complete (therefore do not over stretch
yourself, keep the product small)
Well finished (overlocker used if appropriate)
No raw edges (unless part of the design!)
Fit for purpose
Relate to the design specification
Function as intended
In line with health and safety guidelines
Ethically produced, where possible
AO4 Test: Testing is done throughout the project. You will
already have tested techniques, fabrics etc. Your
Testing and finished product will need to be tested also. Below are
Evaluating suggestions for completing this:
At the development stage you will have
produced samples of techniques including: The product and how you get to the
seams; decorative techniques; components; finished item is what the examiners
details such as pockets and fastenings. Test want to know about. Do not evaluate
these against your design specification and the project, they do not want to know if
record the results as you go along. you enjoyed shopping for fabric or liked
During the making of your product tests can be using a particular sewing machine!
carried out. These will be your quality control
tests. To gain high marks you will be
Once your product is made you will need to test constantly asking yourself questions
it. This can be done in two ways. The first test about what you are doing and making
is against the design specification. Produce a changes or modifications as you go
chart with four headings: Specification along.
criteria; Test; Result/ findings; Modification. The examiners like the use of testing by
The second is to test the product carrying out real and potential end users.
‘user trials’. Take photos of the product being They also suggest the use of consulting
used or worn and get feedback. Ask about: the buyers; designers and teachers.
fit; colour; function; value for money etc. All evaluation needs to state
Record these findings and maybe produce star modifications in the light of findings.
diagrams. No product is ‘perfect’ and this is a
Evaluation: Your work needs to be evaluated as you useful way to show your mature
go along. You will need to do a final evaluation of the thinking.
finished product. This will be a sheet including photos The examiners like to see comparisons
of your product. Include: made with an appropriate commercial
Comparison with a similar commercial product. product.
Talk about the following in relation to your
product: Is it safe for the end user? Is it made to
a high standard? Will it sell for the correct
price? Does it fulfil the design task? Are the
materials appropriate and do the work well?
Are the components satisfactory? Is the product
as you intended it? Is it aesthetically appealing?
Will the end user be satisfied with the product?
Does the product have a low impact on the
environment? What modifications would be
needed to the product if it were to be batch or
mass produced for industry? For each of these
you will need to fully explain and discuss final
Your product must closely reflect the:
Final drawing of the product
The evaluation is your chance to explain how your
product satisfies these criteria.
All sections in the specification must be met if you
are to attain the high grades.
AO5 In your folder use different types of presentation and The examiners are very clear that the
communication styles as appropriate. You might like to over use of decoration on your work is a
Communication use the following: waste of time and will not gain you
Quick sketches to show initial thinking marks. They do say, however, that
ICT to show alternative colour ways simple and related imagery and colour
ICT for recording results is useful and shows you understand and
Collage to show a number of ideas in a small are relating to the context and theme of
space your task..
Reduce the size of your work, particularly time The examiners are looking for
charts, production plans, mind maps, communication that a third party will
Use charts and tables, these are easy to read and understand what you are doing, how
are helpful for project development. you are doing it and the results of that
Try to avoid too much of your own hand work..
writing this can look messy and is not as easy to Do not leave blank paper, this makes
read as word processed. work look unfinished. Filling the page
Scan in patterns and drawings, manipulate always makes it look more exciting.
these, flip and repeat for interesting effects. Try Each page should be easy to read, flow
out the negative of an image, repeat a detail from one to the next and exciting,
such as an eye. Play with the shape, stretch and conveying your thinking and ideas.
repeat. The examiners want to see original and
Use actual fabrics and components, always exciting ideas.
Notes on a quality product: A quality
product: Your product must be safe; appropriate for
its intended use; aesthetically pleasing; be able to be
sold at a correct price; made to agreed standards.
Quality Assurance: In order for the quality of your
product to be assured you will need to have in place set
Use the following: (some of these will need to be
added into your production plan and others at
designing and testing stages)
Monitor materials used for: flaws and colour
Set tolerance levels for length and size e.g. the
length has to be no more that 2cms out each
Tests for the function of the product See page 113 in the text book for an example of
Checks for the equipment this.
Testing against the specification at the design
Checks at specific stages in the production
Quality Control: It is important that during the
production of your product the quality is being
monitored. You will need to create feedback loops in
the plan. Once a short stage is complete ask yourself a
question e.g. Are the sleeves the same length? Then
create a loop to go back to the previous stage if the
answer is no for the stage to be redone. If the answer is
yes then you will obviously carry on with the
Quality of Written Communication (A maximum of 6 marks are available)
An assessment for the quality of written communication shown in the completed design folder will be made separately from the designing grade.
Your work should:
Show information clearly and logically and present your work using an appropriate form: the colour of the pages a logo or image used
that relates to the theme; break the sheets down using boxes. It is important that your work is eye catching and consistent, however, it
should not take too long to produce and above all it is easy to understand and read.
The text must be legible. Try not to use hand writing as this can look unprofessional and messy. Word processing is always the preferred
You must spell, punctuate and use the rules of grammar accurately, enabling the meaning to be clearly understood.