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Fashion and Textiles A Level at Wallingford School

Course description

This course will appeal to students who have an interest in Fashion Design or Textiles, and who enjoy working in a creative and practical environment. Fashion and Textiles offers you the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of these subjects and to develop your designing and making skills through a variety of practical activities. This course provides a logical progression into a wide range of degree courses and careers that
include Fashion Design, Styling, Clothing Manufacture, Marketing, Fashion Retailing, Textile Design, Costume Design and Interior Design.

Course content

This course encourages you to take a broad view of Design and Technology. You will study and work with a wide variety of fabrics and components used in the design and manufacture of fashion and textile products. Practical activities will include sketching and designing techniques, pattern cutting, decorative techniques and product manufacture. Theory work will cover areas such as fibres, fabrics and components, industrial practice and manufacture, the history of fashion and the role of the designer.

Entry requirements

Students should have a GCSE grade B or 6 in the subject they are looking to study at Sixth Form. The exceptions are A levels that have not been taken at GCSE level (e.g. Psychology; Media Studies; Sociology). For these courses we will use the most appropriate GCSE qualification to make a decision. For example, GCSE Maths grade 6 to study Psychology and English Language grade 6 to study Media Studies and Sociology.


This is a linear course with all assessment taking place at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 – Written exam: 2 hours (25% of A-level)
Short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions covering the core technical principles and core
designing and making principles.

Paper 2 – Written exam: 2 hours (25% of A-level)
Short answer, multiple choice and extended response question focusing on additional specialist knowledge such as
Product Analysis and Commercial Manufacture.

Non-exam Assessment (NEA) – Coursework project 45 hours (50% of A-level)
A substantial design and make task based on a context and brief developed by the student, comprising a Design Portfolio and Final Prototype

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017

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