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Fashion and Textiles A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

The aims of the course are to enable students to build on the broad range of skills and techniques acquired in GCSE Fashion & Textiles. We encourage independent personal research and self expression. Students develop their own ideas based around exciting themes. Our course allows students to develop awareness of the Fashion and Textiles Industry and how prominent designers are inspired by the world around us. We will visit prominent exhibitions to inspire coursework and give students the opportunity to experience garments first hand.Practical skills underpin all aspects of the subject and the ability to make critical judgements are important.



Component 1 - Personal Investigation - Weighting 60%, Extended coursework project. 75% Practical work. 25% written research and analysis.
Content: Students will explore a set project theme, developing practical, analytical and conceptual skills as they progress. Culminating in a personal response to the theme in a range of materials.
Component 2 - Externally set assignment - Weighting 40%, Externally set project. 75% practical work. 25% written research and analysis. 15 hour final practical exam.
Content: Personal interpretation of a choice externally set project briefs covering the same elements as the coursework portfolio but in a shorter time span.

Future opportunities

Fashion & Textiles has many applications in the world of employment while creative and inventive thinkers and practitioners are highly regarded. A popular choice by FUS students and those from surrounding schools after A2 is our Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.