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Design &Technology: Textiles AS/A Level (AQA) at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

A Level Design and Technology: Product Design (Textiles) is a course which allows students to take a broad view of Design and Technology.  It encourages you to develop your capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

 The fashion industry is explored in detail, as are technological advances in the textiles area. You will produce a portfolio of work, which you can use to showcase your ideas and skills at university interviews. A number of practical pieces need to be produced which will contribute towards the overall mark. This is where students can really show their different talents and abilities to express themselves creatively, using a variety of textile methods and skills to make and design highly skilled one off pieces. 

 Students will get the opportunity to go on field trips to exhibitions such as The Clothes Show Live in order to gain experience of real, contemporary design, enhance their porfiles and look at other graduate work. Your resulting portfolio of work could be your gateway to Interior Design, Retailing and Marketing to name a few exciting career paths.

The course combines practical and theory work with a 50/50 split. Theory knowledge is applied throughout the design and manufacture process, with a two hour examination in June at both As and A2 Level. Fashion and other textile industries are explored in detail, as are technological advances and developments.

In the first year students produce a portfolio of work by completing several different design projects. Opportunities to work on live briefs are encouraged wherever possible. In the second year students work on one major project brief, building on their skills developed during the first year, to design and make a final textile product.

Course content


Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application

A study of fibres, fabric construction, industrial techniques used within the fashion industry and a wide range of topics within textiles and fashion.

Unit 2: Learning through designing and making - Coursework

The study of fashion and textiles history, presentation and illustration techniques, with development into a range of practical pieces.



Unit 3: Design & Manufacture - Exam

Expansion theory work from Unit 1 to develop essay writing skills for the exam.

Unit 4: Design & Making Practice - Coursework

A final piece of coursework combining your own choice of brief with the fashion textiles product you will make.

Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • grade B GCSE Textiles
  • plus at least 3 other subjects

Please note we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until at least a grade C is achieved.



Unit 1 - Two hour written paper on Materials and Components

Unit 2 - Coursework 50 hours


Unit 3 - Two hour written paper on Design & Manufacture

Unit 4 - Coursework - 60 hours

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website,

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses which could lead onto higher education in Design and Technology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Fashion, Textile Design, Retail, Media, Marketing, Interior Design and Teaching. However, if you are thinking of entering the job market, the many skills gained whilst studying this course are regarded highly by most employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years