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Design and Technology Textiles A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

This course encourages independent learning, creativity and innovation. It provides wide opportunities to develop your capacity to design and make textile products, ranging from fashion to industrial uses of textiles, and from creative individual work to commercial practice.

Students develop skills in pattern drafting, the use of CNC embroidery, digital printing and laser cut fabrics. They also have the opportunity to apply other areas of study, such as Chemistry, in a practical context.

Course content


At AS Level, students have the opportunity to study and work with a wide variety of fabrics and components used in the design and making of textile products. Students work in both two and threedimensional forms. They gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and manufacture.

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application
Topic list:
- Source and classification of the main fibre groups
- Yarn types and properties and the blending and mixing of fibres
- Fabric manufacture: woven, knitted, non-wovens and smart materials created to provide specific properties
- Fabric finishes and surface decoration
- Product components
- Industrial and commercial practice, manufacturing systems, ICT application, pattern drafting, product manufacture and environmental concerns
- Development of design, design in practice, communication methods and design in the human context.

Assessment: 2 hour written examination, 50% of total AS mark (25% of A Level). The paper is based primarily on materials and components. It tests students’ understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject and their holistic understanding of the subject.

Unit 2: Coursework – Learning Through Designing and Making

Students produce a written (or electronic) design folder including a Candidate Record Form and manufactured outcome(s).
The design folder is in a portfolio format and includes a range of design and make tasks – fashion, furnishings, accessories etc.

Assessment: Coursework, approximately 50 hours, 50% of the total AS mark (25% of A Level).


The A2 specification offers students the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and practical skills from AS. They continue to design and manufacture exciting textile products alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial textile manufacture.

Unit 3: Design and Manufacture
Topic list:
- Testing and comparing the relative merits of fabrics in relation to their intended use
- Manipulating and combining fabrics
- Major developments in textiles technology
- Product life cycle and fashion cycles
- Design in the human context.
- Industrial and commercial practice, fabric manufacture and product manufacture
Assessment: 2 hour written exam, 25% of total A Level mark.

Unit 4: Coursework – Designing and Making Practice
Students produce a written (or electronic) design folder including a detailed Candidate Record Form. They submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity resulting in a creative and original manufactured outcome.
Assessment: Coursework, approximately 60 hours, 25% of the total A Level mark.

Entry requirements

It is strongly advised that students intending to study this course should have previously studied GCSE Technology Textiles and achieved a grade B or above.

Future opportunities

This A Level offers a clear progression route to courses such as an HND or degree in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Costume Design, Textiles Technology, Surface Fabric Design, Knitwear Design, and Product Construction.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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