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A Level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles at All Saints Catholic High 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. Students 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 products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course content

 A Level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into: • Core technical principles • Core designing and making principles • Additional specialist knowledge.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 in Textiles or relevant subject.


Paper 1: Written examination  A Level Paper 1. Written exam: 2 hours 30 mins

Paper 2. Written exam: 1 hour 30 mins

Non Examination Assessment. Substantial design and make task (45 hours).


Future opportunities

Students develop skills in designing and manufacturing quality products. Opportunities are offered to experience fashion shows or visit the textiles industry.

The course lays the foundation for any further study of textiles or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Textiles or Fashion design, Marketing, Buying, Dyeing and Printing.

Further information


Due to the overlapping of course content, it is not possible to study Fashion and Textiles and Product Design at the same time.

“… This is a varied course, don’t be fooled, it’s not just about sewing! It allows you to be creative and excel in specific areas.” “…It’s fun, hard work and rewarding. It’s interesting and you learn about areas you had never thought of e.g., history of costume and industrial methods of production.”




How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2018
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