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Design & Technology: Fashion Textiles A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototype of their choice.

Course content

Students will be required to produce a variety of products and will have to provide some of their own materials to complete the larger design and make elements. It is also recommended that students purchase a theoretical text book to aid and support all four assessed units.

Entry requirements

A GCSE in Design and Technology Textiles would be an advantage, although not essential. Alternatively, good evidence of your creativity and lots of enthusiasm. All students will need to possess good organisation and time management skills in order to meet deadlines.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.


Paper 1 - Technical principles:

  • Written exam
  • 2.5 hours
  • 120 marks
  • 30% A Level

Paper 2 - Design and Making principles:

  • Written exam
  • 1.5 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 20% A Level
  • Non examined assessment

Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge:

  • How it's assessed
    • Substantial design and make project
    • 100 marks
    • 50% of A-level
  • Evidence
    • Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype

Coursework: 50%

Examination: 50%

Awarding Body: AQA

Future opportunities

This course could be the beginning of a career in the Fashion/Textile industry. It will allow students the opportunity to produce portfolios of work enabling successful students to pursue a career in Fashion and Textiles, usually via further education.

There are lots of career options available, ranging from fashion or textile designers, CAD designers, garment technicians, manufacturing, knitters, weavers, printers, colourists, visual merchandisers, buyers, retail, teaching, and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

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