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Design Technology: Fashion and Textiles

Aims

Fashion and Textile Technology offers both theoretical and practical opportunities for problem-solving through studying and working with a wide variety of textile materials and components.  There are many opportunities to develop your independent learning, creativity, innovation and project management skills.

What will I study?

The course is offered as an AS Qualification and as an A Level. 

At both AS and A Level you will study a set of core technical, designing and making principles alongside the specialist knowledge required to apply these principles to textile products.  For both qualifications you would complete a coursework assessment project. The course has a strong emphasis on practical problem solving and students will also be expected to demonstrate an application of their maths and science skills and knowledge.

Examples of activities include:
Developing a critical understanding of the influences on designing and producing textile products, by analysing and comparing historical and contemporary fashion.
Applying your knowledge and skills in the production of your own innovative and creative product(s), developing an understanding of industrial practice from design through to production and marketing.

How will I be assessed?

AS Fashion and Textile Technology
Paper 1: Written examination (50% of AS) - a 2 hour paper with multiple choice, short answers & extended response
Assessment: non-examination (50% of AS) - a 35 hour single ‘design & make’ project from a context set by AQA

A-level Fashion and Textile Technology
Paper 1: Written examination (25% of A Level) - a 2 hour paper with multiple choice, short answers & extended response
Paper 2: Written examination (25% of A Level) - a 2 hour paper consisting of a product analysis question & a commercial manufacturing question as well as a series of short answer & extended response questions
Assessment: non-examination (50% of A Level) - a 45 hour single ‘design & make’ project of your own choice

Desirable requirements

You should be able to research information for a particular purpose and a strong ability to analyse and evaluate the work that you do. You should also have a keen interest in the practical aspects of the design and production of textile products. 

How will I study?

You will work both individually and as part of a group on a range of practical and theoretical tasks.  

Where will it lead?

The breadth of the syllabus and the skills gained allows for entry into a variety of university courses.  It is particularly useful for those wishing to pursue careers in managerial roles within textile industries, design work in fashion or interiors, materials science research and development, teaching or journalism.

 

“I chose to study Mathematics, English Literature, Business and Textiles at AS level. Having loved Textiles since Year 7, I have continued to enjoy it even more in Sixth Form. I have found the change from GCSE to A Level has allowed me to become more independent, as well as being able to try new techniques and learn more complicated skills. Textiles has been a great creative subject to study alongside my other academic subjects, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys being creative. I have learned new things from the practical side how things work in industry and how trends are promoted. For me it has confirmed that it is something I would like to continue once I finish school and I hope to combine it with Business to study Fashion and Marketing at university.”
Lauren