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A Level DESIGN TEXTILES at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

Course overview

Textiles students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of fabrics and components used in the design of textiles products. Candidates work with materials, design drawings and models (three dimensional and on paper) to develop design ideas into working products and also explore the work of professional designers in fashion, textiles and stage design. Through this they develop an understanding of how designs are conceived, manufactured and evolved.

Course content

Topics covered        

Students explore materials and processes, methods of manufacture and wider issues of environment and sustainability.  How products are developed and improved, design methods, CAD and CAM (computer aided design and manufacture) are explored together with finishes and surface decoration.  Design projects allow students to explore design history, developments in technology and designing for the human context (user needs, ergonomics and fashion trends).

The AS folio allows pupils to explore materials,

processes and design ideas through a range of design and make projects.  Students have the opportunity to design and produce a range of items to develop skills and explore design ideas.


Throughout the course students can work with partner companies to tackle real design challenges. For the A2 coursework students design and produce a product of their choice.   A2 coursework is assessed upon the completion of a design folder and a substantial piece of practical work.

Entry requirements

Textiles GCSE grade C or better. (Or similar qualification)





Method of Assessment



Unit 1 – Materials and components

50% of total AS

25% of total A level

Written examination

Unit 2 – Design and manufacture

50% of total AS

25% of total A Level

Folio of design work and practical work



Unit 3 – Design and manufacture

25% of total A Level

Written examination

Unit 4 – Design and make project

25% of total A level

Coursework folder and prototype design


Future opportunities

Suggested Career Paths

  • Fashion/Textiles Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Advertising
  • Stage design
  • Fashion forecasting
  • Architecture
  • Design Management
  • Film and TV costume

Further information

Skills Developed

  • Design and problem solving
  • Verbal presentation
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Making skills

Trips and outings with the course

  • University Design course Open Days
  • Local companies
  • Design museums
  • Manufacturing companies


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: AQA