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Design and Technology (Textiles) A Level at Sacred Heart Catholic College

Course description

A Level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles (AQA-7562) requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.

This course offers students the exciting opportunity to develop modern technological skills through design and manufacturing of quality products.

Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying the opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing creative and original products.

Course content

The following areas will be studied and assessed over the two years.

Paper 1
Core technical, designing and making principles. Written exam - 2 hours , 25% A Level
- Materials and applications
- Product development
- Design illustration and communication
- CAD/CAM used in design and manufacture
- Design for manufacture
- The law protecting designers, consumers

Paper 2
Written exam - 2 hours, 25% A Level
- Design methods and process
- Design theory to include: design movements, history of fashion, work of fashion designers
- How technology and cultural changes can impact on work of designers e.g. war, street culture, role of women, youth culture
- Critical analysis and evaluation
- Responsibility of designers
- Designing for manufacture
- Additional specialist knowledge e.g. fibres, fabrics, construction, finishes
- E-Textiles. Use of electronics in textiles, e.g. LED Lights, GPS
- Technical Textiles, e.g. micro fibres, nano-fibres
- Industrial and Commercial practice
- Pattern drafting and toiles

Non – Exam Assessment (NEA)
Students will be required to undertake a 45-hour design and make task. A written, design folder along with a final manufactured product will be developed from a specific design brief that meets the needs of the user, client or market. The design folder and manufactured product will be awarded 50% of the marks for A Level.

Design and Technology uses Maths and Science to support decisions made in the process of design and making. Students must demonstrate these skills as required.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course several options are open to students both in the creative industries and higher education. Degree and other courses in Art, Textiles, Management, Media (i.e. press, television, journalism, marketing), Business studies.

Careers: Designer, Buyer, Management, Marketing, Quality control manufacture, Teaching product development, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2017
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