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Textiles A Level at Coombe Boys' School

Course description

A Textiles designer is charged with identifying design needs or problems. These can be broad ranging and can come from individual needs to meeting the needs of clients or corporate organisations. Almost everything that we experience is affected by design: our environment, our homes, the products we use and wear. Good design is at the centre of our lives.

The coursework project provides the opportunity to research, design and manufacture a new Textiles product and evaluate its success. As part of the course you will need to apply skills and knowledge from other areas such as Science, Information Technology and Art. Fashion and Textiles is a major employer in the UK offering a highly diverse and exciting range of career opportunities. Students who choose Textiles Technology will develop their creative and practical skills.

Course content

AS Textiles students take a broad view of Design and Technology. The specification also helps them develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. At A2 the course increases in difficulty containing significantly more complex design and manufacturing, social and environmental issues.

Entry requirements

We require you to have at least a grade B in a creative subject. These might include: Art & Design, Photography, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics. Students need to demonstrate commitment to the folder and practical work as the distinguishing feature of this subject is its coursework and practical nature.

Good ICT skills are needed for the major coursework project. Students will be expected to have 7 A* - C grades at GCSE including English Language and Science.


 AS Materials, Components and Application, Learning Through Designing and Making 25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper 25% of A Level - 50 hrs Coursework Project

 A2 Design and Manufacture 25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper 25% of A Level - 60 hrs Coursework Project 25% of A Level - 60 hrs Coursework Project

Future opportunities

Possible Careers include: Fashion Designer, Fabric Designer, Pattern Cutter, Costume Designer, Fashion Journalist, Stylist, Window Dresser, Buyer, Merchandiser, Jewellery Designer, Image Consultant, Illustrator and Fashion Retailer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 13 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years