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Fashion and Textiles AS / A Level at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

Opportunities within the Fashion and Textile industry are vast, and this subject has become an increasingly popular choice due to the rising conscious sense of ‘fashion’ that most people have nowadays.

Course content

 Imaginative practical work is at the heart of this course. Students will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. They will explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts.
 Greater focus on fashion makes it more relevant for higher education and a career in Fashion/Textiles occupations.
 Students will develop creative skills alongside theoretical knowledge
 Encourages students to investigate a wide range of influences on the design of fashion and textile products
 Offers opportunities for students to design and make products of their own choosing
 Allows students to develop the skills and knowledge required for entry to higher education and employment
 A stronger focus on fashion and clothing and the role of the commercial designer


AS Level

Paper 1: Technical principles, Designing and making principles.
 Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of AS.
 Multiple choice, short answer and extended response.
Non-exam assessment: Practical application of technical principles and designing and making principles.
 Single design and make project, context set by AQA, 80 marks, 50% of AS.
 Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

A Level

Paper 1: Technical principles.
 Written exam: 2.5 hours, 120 marks, 30% of A level.
 Mixture of short answer and extended response.
Paper 2: Designing and making principles.
 Written exam: 1.5 hours, 80 marks, 20% of A level.
o Section A: Product analysis: 30 marks, up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).
o Section B: Commercial manufacture: 50 marks, mixture of short and extended response questions.
Non-exam assessment: Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge.
 Substantial design and make project, 100 marks, 50% of A level.
 Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Entry requirements

Students should have completed a GCSE Design and Technology course attaining grade 4 or above in a Design and Technology/Arts based subject.

Future opportunities

This is a new course, which has been developed to appeal to students who would like to design, make and evaluate functional real life products for a modern/technical world. Career prospects are wide-ranging from Fashion designers to costume designers, Retail range planning /forecasting, Fashion/Textiles journalists/photographers to pattern cutters, Retail buying and visual merchandising to Social media bloggers and online publications.
Students can complete a 1 year AS level in Fashion and Textiles to extend their knowledge after GCSE, or complete the 2-year A Level course to allow them to progress into Degree level at University.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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