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Design and Technology - Product Design: Textiles A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Eastbourne College

Course description

The Textiles course has a strong practical element with a 50% of the examination being awarded for designing and making. People who enjoy this course often have an interest in fashion trends and styles and love to work with fabric. You will have increased opportunity to use new materials and techniques including laser cut fabrics, digital prints and specialist textiles software. You will be expected to be imaginative and to work independently, drawing on your personal interests - be it fashion, theatre or interior design. This course will allow you to create high quality textile products from your own original designs. You will also have opportunities to apply for the Crest gold award and to enter competitions; our students have regular success at the South of England Craftsmen of the Year Award.

Course content

The course would lead to a wide variety of higher education courses including;
- Fashion courses: design, journalism, management, marketing, promotion, pattern cutting buying, merchandising and knitwear design.
- Interior design courses: 3D design, furniture, surface pattern and printed textiles.
- Theatre design courses: Set design, costume interpretation and costume design.
It is a course that combines well with many other subjects – depending on the career route you might require subjects such as Art, Drama, Media, Information Technology, Business Studies and Science.
Experience shows that students who do not get an A or A* in GCSE DT will find it difficult to succeed in A level DT. If you have not studied DT at GCSE level an interview with the Head of DT will help to assess your suitability for the course.


There are four main study topics, two per year, each worth 25% of the A-level.

At AS you will study Unit 1, ‘Materials, Components and Application’ so that you will understand materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. This is the academic part of the AS year. Unit 2 is titled ‘Learning through designing and making’ and is the practical coursework part of your AS.

At A2 Unit 3 is ‘designing and manufacture’ where you will develop your understanding of the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. It is the academic part of the A2. In Unit 4 you will complete your coursework and practical work. You will create a portfolio and product and record the processes you went through.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbourne College directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years