Faculty: D&T                                                            

Level:  A level

Examination Board  / website : AQA  www.aqa.org.uk

Assessment Details:

Written exam - 2 papers

Paper one - Core technical principles and core designing and making principles are assessed 2.5 hours   120 marks   30% of A-level

Paper two - Additional specialist knowledge, core technical and core designing and making principles are assessed in a Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

 1.5 hours   80 marks    20% of A-level

Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, and submission dates):

Non –exam assessment (NEA)

Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge is assessed through a substantial design and make task and presented as a written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of a final prototype.

45 hours   100 marks      50% of A-Level

Course Outline:

This course is designed to encourage students to take a broad view of Textiles Design and Technology, to develop their capacity to design and make different Textiles products and to appreciate the complex relations between trends, design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Through theory and practical lessons students will have wide opportunities to learn about Textiles materials and components, Fashion trends and Fashion designers of 20th century, to develop good practical skills in fabric decoration and garment construction and to understand historic and modern industrial practices.

In Year 12 students are building up a portfolio of several smaller design and make projects as well as having a theory session every week.

In Year 13 students are working on one major design and make task of their choice as well as having theory lessons for the exam preparation

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

Interest in Fashion and trends, interest in drawing and design, ability to draw or at least willing to draw,  basic ability to use a sewing machine or an ability to learn fast. Willingness to work long hours and plenty of patience as well as a passion for the subject. 

Goes well with:  Art

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Possible courses: Fashion design courses, Art and Design foundation courses, Design courses, Fashion promotion course, Fashion studies, Fashion design and marketing, Fashion management, European Fashion, Costumes for stage and screen courses, Clothing engineering and management

Possible careers: Fashion designer working freelance or for a fashion house, fashion/retail buyer, Textiles (fabric) designer,  Pattern cutter,  Fibre technologist, Fabric technologist, Textiles colourist, Cutting room manager, Warehouse manager,  Production manager, Fashion journalist, Costume designer and so on.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language at grade 5 or above.  Students will benefit from having GCSE in Textiles, any Design subject or Art at grade 5 or above or BTEC Distinction in Art and Design.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs A. Gavartin




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