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Textiles A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description


By studying Textiles at A level students will develop their creativity and also acquire theoretical knowledge of how textiles are produced, the history of fashion and couture and the issues facing modern manufacturing and technological developments. The course follows directly from AQA GCSE Textiles but is also accessible to students who are new to the subject.


  • To develop creativity and the ability to design and make high quality products
  • To develop understanding of the history of fashion and textile design
  • To develop an understanding of industrial practices in manufacturing and the roles of designers and retail professionals
  • To use ICT to enhance design and technology capability
  • To recognise the social, moral, spiritual, and cultural values inherent in design and technological activity, and develop critical evaluation skills

This subject is suitable for any student with a background/interest in Textile design, interior design, fashion and costume design. It is also relevant for students interested in retail buying, merchandising and fashion journalism. The course will allow students to continue their studies at University following any Design related degree. It will also give students a broad knowledge of industrial practice and provide opportunities to students interested in careers in the Design and Manufacturing industry.

Course content

AS - Students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of design and manufacturing activities.

A Level - Students are given the chance to apply skills they have acquired and developed throughout the AS course to design. A key feature of this unit is that the project theme and brief is entirely of the student’s choosing and this independence prepares them well for undergraduate study.


  • Materials, Components and Application
  • Learning through Designing and Making
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Design and Making Practice

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. Technology subject: B or if not studied: Art: B.


Unit 1 - Written paper 2 hrs Materials, Components and Application. This paper is based primarily on Materials. and Components. 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A Level marks.

Unit 2 Learning through Designing and Making • Written (or electronic) design coursework • Manufactured outcome(s) • Coursework may take a number of forms; a single design-and-make project, two smaller projects and/or a portfolio. 80 marks for Unit 2

Coursework - Approx. 50 hrs 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A Level marks.

Unit 3 - Written paper 2 hrs Design and Manufacture. This paper is based primarily on Design and Manufacture. 25% of the total A Level marks.

Unit 4 Design and Making Practice • Written (or electronic) design folder • Manufactured outcome • Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity. 85 marks for Unit 4

Coursework - Approx. 60 hrs 25% of the total A Level marks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years