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The specification is designed to give candidates an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of textiles and fashion within a variety of contexts. The specification will provide opportunities for candidates to develop their critical thinking and to manage a range of resources in order to develop textile items which are suited to the needs of individuals or families, and to recognise the influence of current trends, the market economy and technological change.

NEW: WJEC linear GCSE Home Economics (Textiles) approved

In common with other awarding organisations, WJEC was recently asked to revise GCSE specifications to make the assessment linear.

We are pleased to announce that the WJEC linear GCSE specification in Home Economics (Textiles) has been approved by the regulators.

The subject content remains exactly the same. The only difference is that in linear specifications all examinations must be taken at the end of course. You may view the revised specification here.

Main points:

ALL centres in England will be required to use linear GCSE specifications from first award in 2014 (first teaching of two-year courses in September 2012).

In Wales, centres will be able to choose to follow either of the two options available for courses starting from September 2012:

  • linear specifications (first award summer 2014), where candidates sit all their examinations at the end of the course
  • existing unitised specifications where assessment may be taken in separate units at stages during the course as is currently the case

The Principal Examiners' report, providing feedback on the summer 2013 series of examinations, is now available. Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.

Key Documents

Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 These tasks are live for any candidates completing the controlled assessment tasks from September 2013 to June 2015.

(i) Task 1 (20%)

(ii) Task 2 (40%)

(i) Task 1

Candidates will complete one investigative task chosen from the following bank of tasks. The time allocation for this task is 10 hours.

  1. Colour can be used to create an original item. Explore methods of adding colour to make items both exciting and interesting.
  2. Recycling is an exciting interesting way of updating / making fabric items. Explore a range of possibilities of making “new” from “old”.
  3. Imaginative use of fabrics and/or thread can be used to individualise an item. Explore a range of techniques using fabrics and/or threads.

(ii) Task 2

Candidates will complete one task chosen from the following two tasks. The time allocation for this task is 20 hours.

1. Hobbies and interests can be an inspiration for designers.

EITHER

(i) Design and make an item of clothing for yourself or a child.

OR

(ii) Design and make a textile item for personal or household use.

2. Our natural environment can be an inspiration for designers.

EITHER

(i) Design and make an item of clothing for yourself or a child.

OR

(ii) Design and make a textile item for personal or household use.

Resources

Continuing Professional Development

Internal assessment standardising CPD training is available here.

For further information, please contact:

Karen Evans - Subject Officer 
Telephone: 029 2026 5092
E-mail: karen.evans@wjec.co.uk

Gemma Edwards - Subject Support Officer 
Telephone: 029 2026 5115
E-mail: gemma.edwards@wjec.co.uk

 

UNIT 2 - These tasks are live for any candidates completing the controlled assessment tasks from September 2013 to June 2014.

  

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