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Design Technology (Fashion and Textiles) A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

Year 12 (AS)
Students will develop an understanding of the core technical principles, core design and making principles and additional specialist knowledge relating to Textiles. The will be taught through a mixture of practical theory lesson and the completion of their Non Examination Assessment portfolio set by the AQA. These are some of the main Topics covered; Fashion cycles, Historical design, design movements, working properties of fibres and fabrics, yarn construction, fabric construction, fabric dyeing, garment construction and E Textiles
 
Year 13
The specification offers students the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and skills from year 12. Students will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture. During the autumn and spring terms you will complete your NEA assignment which you will have begun during the latter stages of Year 12. The NEA consists of one topic based upon a need identified by yourself and thus allowing you to work with the materials and processes you most enjoy. It will allow to gain first hand feedback and design a product that is fit for purpose.

 

Course content

Paper 1
The examination is primarily based on the core technical principles and the core designing and making and additional specialist knowledge.The exam is a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended questions.
 
NEA
Non Exam Assessment
Substantial design and make task based on a context set by the AQA. This will include a portfolio and a manufactured 3D outcome which fully demonstrates students designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity, flair and innovation. The task is to reflect 35 hours of work

A Level

Paper 1
The examination is primarily based on the core technical principles and the core designing and making. The exam is a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended questions.
 
Paper 2
Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

Section A:
- Product Analysis.
- Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).
 
Section B:
- Commercial manufacture.
- Mixture of short and extended questions.
 
NEA
Non Exam Assessment
Substantial design and make task based on a brief set by the student. This will include a portfolio and a manufactured 3D outcome which fully demonstrates students designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity, flair and innovation. The task is to reflect 45 hours of work

Entry requirements

It is preferable that students have studied GCSE Design & Technology Product Design, Textiles or Graphics.
However The AS route could be used as a foundation for the A level course in Year 13 if you have not previously studied a design related course at GCSE. Students need a minimum grade of 4 in English Literature or Language and 5 in Maths. The course builds on the skills and knowledge learnt during the GCSE courses and it is well suited to students who have a keen interest in Fashion and Textiles

Future opportunities

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They 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 products 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.
 
Typical University pathways would include: Fashion, Textiles, interior design, shoe design, technical textiles, Fashion buying, Fashion marketing, Business, Advertising, International studies, Costume design. Nonuniversity pathways would] include working in the dress making, soft furnishings or haberdashery industry. This could also include buying, selling, marketing and retail jobs/ apprenticeships

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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