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Fashion and Textiles


A Level

This creative and thought-provoking Textiles qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. This Fashion and Textiles course will appeal to those students with a creative flair and a passion for design and application within the textiles field. Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing textile prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. We acknowledge that some students may wish to take an A Level in Design & Technology, despite not taking any Design & Technology GCSE due to their personal Pathway programme. We will consider all applications that show an interest in furthering their career in Design and Technology.

Why study this course?

• If you want to study Fashion Design or Textiles at University.

• If you are interested in a career in Fashion or another design area

• If you are interested in how Fashion products are designed and manufactured.

• If you want to develop communication and work place skills with real clients

Possible career opportunities:

• Fashion Designer

• Interior design

• Technical textiles

• Fibre technologist

• Materials technologist

Course Content

Paper 1

What is assessed?

Core technical principles and core Designing/Making principles

A mixture of short answers, multiple choice and extended responses.

How is it assessed?

2.5 hour exam - 30% of grade

Paper 2

What is assessed?

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making Principles

Section A: Product Analysis - up to 6 short answers based on a visual stimulus of products Section B: Commercial manufacturing - A mixture of short and extended response questions

How is it assessed?

1.5 hour exam - 20% of grade

 Non-exam assessment (NEA)

What is assessed?

Practical application of technical principles, designing and Making

How is it assessed? 45 hours to produce a student generated portfolio to aid the practical outcome - 50% of grade

Areas of course content

Materials application and their effective use, knowledge of testing materials, smart materials, technical textiles, Commercial practice, Methods of manufacture, the use of finishes, enhancement of materials, digital design and manufacture, protecting design work, sustainability and enterprise and marketing.

Staff contacts:

Mrs G Wildman, Mr C Collier, Mrs M Speed, Miss Bird or Mr D Danby