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Design and Technology (Textiles) A Level at Stratton Upper School

Course description

You will look at creative & innovative practice to produce high-quality products, consider temporary design, use digital technologies, develop critical evaluation skills in a range of contexts. You will develop your ability to design and make products.

Course content


Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making

50% of AS / 25% of A Level

(Internally assessed)

A ‘design and make’, from which students select their own context, to design and make a textile technology product/s that meets a specified need.

Students should apply knowledge and understanding from Unit 1 (Materials, Components and Applications) to enhance their design and make activity.

This unit results in the form of four project portfolio:

2 projects focus on enhancing the designing and making skills of students;

The major project focusses on garment construction for a celebrity chosen by the student and an interior design project focussing on fabric manipulation techniques. This portfolio of work focuses closely upon the modelling and making skills to demonstrate the students Industrial practice knowledge.

Unit 4 Design and Making Practice

25% of A Level

(Internally assessed)

A ‘design and make’ project, based upon an identified gap in the market.

Students are to identify a client/user group from which they must design and make a textile technology product that meets the original need. They should liaise with their client/user group to develop a commercial product.

Students must apply their knowledge and understanding of industrial applications and commercial working practices (including the appropriate use of ICT/CAD/CAM), as covered in Unit 1 (Materials, Components and Applications) & Unit 3 (Design & Manufacture) to enhance their design and make activity.

Unit 1: Materials, Components & Applications

50% of AS / 25% of A Level

(Externally assessed – 2 hr Exam based upon a mixture of compulsory and choice questions)

Students will develop their knowledge & understanding of:

  • Materials & Components
  • Working properties of fibres & fabrics
  • Industrial product manufacture
  • Design in practice

They are made aware of the importance of technology and modern materials and how they have aided the development of the huge variety of textiles that enhance our daily life.

Unit 3: Design & Manufacture

25% of A Level

(Externally assessed – 2hr Exam based upon three questions of students choice)

Students will further develop their knowledge & understanding of:

  • Fibres & Fabrics including their properties
  • Fabric manipulation
  • Technological developments of modern materials
  • Commercial industrial practice
  • Design/Designers in practice

Future opportunities

  • Further Education – Design, Textiles, Fashion
  • Career – Fashion Forecasting, Designing, Fabric Technologists, Pattern Cutting, Marketing, Retail

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratton Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017
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