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Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles A Level at Keswick School

Course description

The subject becomes linear in 2017. As yet the specifications have not been approved for this subject. We hope to have more information available at the Information Evening on January 25th 2017. The content has been refreshed and enhanced

The new standalone qualification replaces the textiles course which is currently part of the product design A level.

It will cover the major historical design styles and movements including Punk, Pop Art, Art Nouveau and Minimalism. Alongside this, students will analyse socio-economic influences on fashion such as street culture, social media, the role of women in society, music, World War Two, and the rise of street culture.

Students will learn how to create their own designs, learning how to use a variety of textiles and new design technologies such as wearable technology. Alongside the creative elements of the course, students will study the commercial side of fashion, including branding and marketing.

Students can also expect to take an in depth look into the work of influential designers’ work, such as Chanel, Dior, Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Vivienne Westwood, Gaultier, and McQueen.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE textiles. If you have not previously studied this subject at GCSE, a top grade in art (A or B) would help; you must discuss this with Mrs Jackson first. The ability to confidently use a sewing machine would also be an advantage, along with a basic knowledge of garment construction.



Consists of two, two hour papers, where contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices, will be tested.

Each paper will make up 25% of the A level.

Non-examination assessment consists of a design and make project consisting of 45 hours (100 marks) worth 50% of the A level.

Future opportunities

The UK’s thriving fashion industry makes a huge contribution to the economy. It employs hundreds of thousands of people and is one of our most sought after exports. The range of careers within the industry is vast and varied.

Career pathways and examples of roles within the industry can be found here:

The coursework undertaken, and the work produced, will provide evidence of all the key skills, creativity alongside the student's ability to problem solve that is required to project manage. This often forms the basis of discussion at interview

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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