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Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles A Level at The de Ferrers Academy

Course description

Why study this course?

  • If you want to study textiles, fashion or design in Higher Education
  • If you are interested in a career in design. You will be encouraged to take a broad view of design and technology and to develop your capacity to design and make products within the exciting world of fibres, fabric and fashion

Course content

Areas of course content

Materials and application and their effective use, knowledge of testing for mechanical properties, product life cycle, product development/ improvement, design methods and processes, inclusive design, ergonomics and anthropometrics, design illustrations/ communications, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing, safe working practices, safety built into designs, feasibility studies, how modern designs and materials assist in today’s environment, protection of design and laws, enterprise and marketing, key designers and “Design movements,” historical influences and developments in Technology

Entry requirements

We acknowledge that some students may wish to take an A Level in Design and Technology, despite not taking a relevant Design and Technology GCSE due to their personal Pathway programme. We will consider all applications that show an interest in furthering their career in Design and Technology.

4 A* - C Plus grade 5 in English and a Grade 4 in Maths Grade C or above in a relevant technology subject


2 hour exam - 25% of grade

  • Paper 1 What is assessed? Core technical principles and core Designing/Making principles A mixture of short answers, multiple choice and extended responses. How is it assessed? 2 Hour exam - 25% of grade
  • Paper 2 What is assessed? Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making Principles Section A Product Analysis - up to 6 short answers based on a visual stimulus of products Section B Commercial manufacturing - A mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

What is assessed?

ractical application of technical principles, designing and Making

How is it assessed?

45 hours to produce a student generated portfolio to aid the practical outcome 50% of grade

Future opportunities

  • Marketing and media
  • Research and development
  • Textiles design
  • Teaching
  • Theatre costume design
  • Textile Journalism
  • Buying
  • Interior Design
  • Surface Pattern design

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The de Ferrers Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 March 2017
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