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Product Design Textiles at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description

If you love textiles or are considering a career in a related field – from fashion and clothing to soft furnishings and interior design - then this may be the course for you. A Level Textiles Technology is studied over 2 years with AS being completed at the end of Year 12, and A2 at the end of Year 13. D&T Textiles A Level gives you the opportunity to develop your capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The subject will enable you to take a broad view of design and technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively and making quality products.

Key Learning Topics
Over the two years there are four main study topics, two of these units will be studied each year. The units are as follows:

Unit 1 is titled ‘Materials, components and application’. It introduces you to subjects such as understanding materials, production processes and the impact of cost on design. This is the academic part of year one.

Unit 2 is titled ‘Learning through designing and making’ and is the practical coursework part of year one. You will work on your own design using a range of materials and media, creating a finished item following a set theme.

Unit 3 is titled ‘Design and manufacture’. This develops your holistic appreciation of the relationship between design and technology, form and function. It is the academic part of year two.

Unit 4 is titled ‘Design and making in practice’ and is the practical, coursework part of year two. You will create a textile project and record the processes you went through. In the first year you will have two assessments. A two hour written paper covers Topic 1 and accounts for 25% of your total A Level marks.

The coursework and the design portfolio from Topic 2 account for another 25% of your A Level mark. A pass in year one is recognised at AS Level. Year two is the same. A two hour written paper covers Topic 3 and accounts for 25% of the total A Level marks. The coursework and design portfolio from Topic 4 account for the final 25% of A Level marks.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes with a grade B in GCSE Product Design Textiles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years