Lucy Waldron 2017 GCSE Coursework

Hey guys! You want to pass your GCSE’s right?

After you read this blog you will be able to pass your textiles GCSE in your sleep…

Unsure.How to layout your coursework?

Can’t think of any ideas?

Well…Don’t worry you have came to the right place.

Having recently completed 9 GCSE’s with both my textiles coursework being A* quality my life has been some what busy.Let’s face it most of the time like you I wanted to crawl into my shell and die from the stress and anxiety.But no I am alive and present sharing my wisdom to you today.

I participated in the Textiles OCR board which consisted of two chosen coursework pieces worth 60% and one final exam worth 40%. Unfortunately I am well aware that the recent exams for 2018 have changed and that the specification may alter.But having completed this course I hope to share with you a few tips to help you achieve your highest possible grade.

So…Where to begin?

1. layout

When completing our coursework at The Wordsley School we used Publisher and typed up our work.I opted for this decision purely on the basis that your grammar can be easily checked and it ensures all your work is presented at the same standard. Which is very useful when you are completing up to 15 pages of intensive writing.


I believe the main aspect that led to the achievement of an A* was that I often swapped from Secondary to Primary research using magazine cutouts which I scanned into the computer to use in my portfolio.Creating a multimedia presentation.


Before beginning your project, research into the different categories you could choose. The one that you can most relate to is often the topic for you. As you will be able to confidently write about the chosen time period or style.

Your research must be factual with textual references and don’t be afraid to include your own opinions to reach the high marks.Often quoting famous lines can help to show to the examiner you have a deeper understanding in your chosen area.

Include your peers view points and use technical vocabulary to enhance your work further.

What to include in your Task analysis:

  • Your own opinion
  • Titles
  • Subheadings
  • Facts
  • Questionnaire responses
  • Shop report
  • Major influences (moral, social, environmental, media)
  • Pictures
  • Magazine Cut outs
  • Mood board
  • Include positives and negatives
  • Textual references
  • Take your own pictures
  • News reports
  • Original designs
  • Designers thoughts and views
  • Catwalks
  • Recent trends


My coursework design brief was to create a garment from a different time period with a modern twist. The time period I selected was the 1920’s.