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A Level Textiles at Newquay Tretherras School

Course description

AQA Textiles and Product design comprises of four Units. There are two units per year. The practical Units are 50hrs in Year 12 and 60hrs in Year 13, in which you will be taught a wide range of techniques. Each year has a 2hr written exam and this embeds the theory and knowledge a designer needs to further work at degree level.

Course content

AS Examinations
Unit 1 – TEXT1 Materials, Components and Application
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
2 hour written paper
Students have the opportunity to study and work with a variety of textile materials to enable them to understand the working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability which influence the choice of materials in design situations. With this students gain a broad knowledge of the manufacturing systems used in the manufacture of textile materials and products for apparel, household and industrial applications. Our students will be encouraged to explore practical applications of processing methods as appropriate to the products they design and make.

Unit 2 – TEXT2 Learning Through Designing and Making
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Coursework –  50 hours
This is the practical element of the course and your chance to shine through with your knowledge and creativity.  You will produce a piece of practical work as well as a design portfolio.

A2 Examinations
Unit 3 – TEXT3 Design and Manufacture
25% of A Level
2 hour written paper
This unit will develop a deeper and broader understanding of material knowledge, processes and applications. You will learn about the design processes and current market commercial practices. The life cycle of textile goods is a key part to this Unit and how the environment is affected. The unit covers manufacturing techniques and ICT, CAD/Cam developments.

Unit 4 – TEXT4 Design and Making Practice
25% of A Level
Coursework – 60 hours
This is the practical element to your course and the opportunity to create and design a project of your choice.

Entry requirements

Design and Technology coursework and exams require a good level of English Maths and Science. The ideal candidate will have obtained a Grade B in these topics. It is not essential you are good at Art however it is important that you do like practical working as well as coursework.

Future opportunities

Studying this style of A Level will challenge you and stretch your thinking. It will gain you confidence in managing complex processes.  The careers Design Technology can lead onto are wide and varied depending on your interest; Architecture; Interior Design; Fashion Designer; Graphics Designer; Web Designer; Product Designer…

Further information

We expect our student to keep an open mind when being creative and explore ideas. As both the coursework and examinations are important we expect our students to develop both of these skills in tandem during the course. Work is set on Moodle with prior reading and learning and coursework is deemed necessary to be done both outside and inside the class. Students are encouraged to use some of their free time in the studio.

Outside of the Classroom
Design Technology in either subject offers the learner the real chance to work with outside local companies. Some courses require you to have a live link to a project and visit the customer to access higher marks.

The textile students are treated to a “Clothes Show” as an opportunity to see retailing in this industry at full flow. In Product Design trips to Ikea in Bristol have taken place which that helps encourage reviewing of real products, on sale for product analysis.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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