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Fashion & Textiles AS & A Level at Sir John Deane's College

Course description

The exciting world of fashion and textiles offers an opportunity to learn to create and make your own garments and accessories through creative experimentation and development. Students on this course produce spectacular portfolios and routinely achieve the highest grades.

Course content

As part of the first year you will be introduced to a wide variety of textile media and processes. Students are encouraged to experiment with constructed textiles and surface embellishment to create a range of trend led fashion outcomes and accessories.

Students are taught how to use a sewing machine, garment making techniques and fashion illustration. Drawing and textile sampling in relation to contextual studies are also an essential element of the course.

During the second year students work much more independently and studies are based on a wide range of experiences and interests using the skills that have been developed in year 1.


The final assessment submission consists of 60% coursework and 40% practical controlled assessment. Students create a portfolio of original textile samples, supported by fashion illustrations and creative outcomes.

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We regularly use our state-of-the-art photographic studio for fashion shoots, as well as offering collaborative textiles projects and competitions throughout the year.

We visit the Knit and Stitch Show in Harrogate and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as an overseas study visit to provide inspiration for the practical assessment. Students have the opportunity to apply for an art and design study trip to Tuscany.

Future opportunities

The fashion and textile industry is worth an incredible £37 billion in the UK. Careers in this area range from fashion forecasting, styling, designing and pattern cutting through to fashion marketing, buying and retail management.

Most of our students progress to a degree course in a design related subject; others choose to study a one year Foundation course before specialising in an area of design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Deane's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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Key information

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