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Home Economics - Textiles A level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

You will learn to more advanced pracitcal skills, have the opportunity to design and make prodcuts of your choice. As well as improving your knowledge of fabrics their contruction and maintenance. You will also learn about the textile industry from designing through to the completion of the finished product.

Course content

AS Award

Unit 1 - Written Examination: 2 hours (50% of total AS marks)
Unit 2 - Coursework: Approximately 50 hours (50% of total AS marks)

Section A - Materials, Components and Applications

You will have the opportunity to work and study a variety of textile materials so that you understand the characteristics, properties, cost and availability which influences the choice, of materials in design situations. You will also consider a wide range of compnents used in textile products.

Section B - Design & Market Influences

This gives you the opportunity to understand the basics of design and how it can be applied to textile products. At the same time it will encourage your capproach to designing and making quality products to meet specific needs of indentified users. You will also come to form an understnading of industrial and commercial practice which influences the market.

Section C - Process & Manufacture

This will encourage a broad knowledge of manufacturing systems used to make, finish and decorate materials for use as apparel fabrics, household and industrial uses. You should plan suitable production systems to produce prototypes which can take into account quality assurances and quality control. ICT is part of this section.

A2 Award

Unit 3 - Written Examination: 2 hours (25% of total A Level marks)
Unit 5 - Coursework: Approximately 60 hours (25% of total A Level marks)

Section A - Design & Manufacture

You will further develop your skills in the selection and uses of a variety of textile fabrics. You will increase your knowledge of technical terms. Enhanced by the understanding identification and testing of fabrics. You will also widen your knowledge in the reasons for mixtures and blends of fabrics to include the development of new technologies.

Section B - Design & Market Influences

Here you will learn about the effects of major development in the textiles technology. How the work of past and rpesent designers influences design about fashion cycles, how a product is marketed from the designer to the complete product including the constraints placed upon designers and manufactueres to meet consumer needs.

Section C - Process & Manufacture

Care and maintenance of products, the issues of health and safety. Methods of fabric and product manufacture, and the systems in place to ensure a quality product.

Entry requirements

You will need to have an interest in fashion. You need to be aware that during the course you will do three pieces of practical coursework along with written coursework folders.

Therefore you willneed to be motivated to cope with the workload and be prepared to provide all the necessary fabrics and components.

It is not essential for you to have done D&T: Textiles at GCSE, however you will find it easier if you have. You need to have good practical and written and ICT skills.

Future opportunities

Any career in fashion and fashion industries, though often you may find you will need to do an Art Foundation course before going on to University.

The subject is also accepted at a variety of other universities for other courses. However you should check with the university first for courses such as medicine and dentistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ellesmere Port Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September


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