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Textiles A Level at Ponteland Community High School

Course description


The course will appeal to those students who enjoy:

Designing and creating something new and innovative

Analysing existing products as case studies, observing strengths and weaknesses, in order to improve one’s own design

Problem solving and researching possible solutions throughout the design and make process 

Learning about fabrics their properties and processes to create the them 

Learning about creating industry standard pattern drafting to model ideas

Using artistic illustration methods to communicate the detail and form of textile products

Using manufacturing skills, to manipulate fabric to create a quality product

Researching the history and development of design and designers 

Working to deadlines and working on several projects at the same time 

Working with others as well as individually

Course content

AS Level :

Unit 1 - Materials and Components: Exam – 2 hrs 

Health and Safety 

Fibre/ fabric/ yarn classification 

Environmental/ sustainability issues

Fabric manufacture 

Product components 

Properties of fibres and fabrics

Factors which influence choice 

Ergonomics and anthropometrics

Design in practice

Industrial processes, manufacture and quality control

Pattern drafting

Unit 2 - Design & Make Project (Coursework) – 50 hrs

A design project involving research, presenting ideas through illustration, 3D modelling and a final textile product

A2 Level :

Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture: Exam – 2 hrs

Materials and Components – Fibre classification and Generic names, Fabric construction methods, working properties, manipulating and combining materials

Design and Market Influences – Major developments in Textiles Technology. An appraisal of functional, aesthetic, technical and economic considerations in the design and manufacture of products. Product life cycle. The role of the designer. Design methods. Health and safety

Processes and manufacture – ICT applications and manufacturing systems within fabric and product

Unit 4 - Design and Make Project (Coursework) – 60 hrs 

A single substantial project consisting of a design folder and a textile manufactured project, recording the processes to achieve the outcome

Entry requirements

5 A* - C overall which must include either Technology, Science or Art


External Examinations 50%

Coursework assessed by t eacher and external moderator, with final deadline 50%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ponteland Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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