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Product Design: Textiles A Level at St Mary's Menston, a Catholic voluntary academy

Course description

St Mary’s is offering students the opportunity to study A Level Textiles as part of the St Mary’s/Guiseley consortium. The theory aspects (Units 1+3) will be taught here at St Mary’s, whilst the coursework lessons will be studied at Fieldhead Road Guiseley.

Following the success of Textiles Technology at GCSE, we are planning to run Textiles as an A level choice. Candidates will be encouraged to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. A problem solving, practical approach will provide many opportunities to work with textiles, developing knowledge and understanding along with processes and techniques through the completion of a written project, similar in style to that which has been undertaken at GCSE.

Course content

Unit 1 - Materials, Components & Application will include:
- The study of Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
- Product Components
- Design and Market Influences
- Communication methods including Fashion Illustration
- Design in the Human Context
- Industrial Processes & Manufacture

Unit 2 - Learning through Designing & Making This component is coursework based and centre-assessed. Students can explore the information gained in Unit 1 through the design and development of a textile product of their own choosing.

Unit 3 - Design & Manufacture will include:
- Materials & components
- Design & Market influences
- Processes & Manufacture

Unit 4 - Design & Making in Practice
Again, a centre-assessed, coursework based study which will draw on information learned in both the AS and A2 components of the course. Students will demonstrate knowledge and apply skills through the design and development of a solution to a textile based design opportunity of their own choosing.


Entry requirements

Students will have studied GCSE Textiles Technology prior to the course

Future opportunities

Students wishing to seek a career in textile design, textile technology & testing, fashion design, interior design occupational therapy, crafts, industrial design, textile buying & merchandising or teaching may find it helpful to study Textiles at AS/A2.

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 November 2017
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