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A Level Design and Technology: Product Design (Textiles) at Matthew Arnold School

Course description

At AS, candidates will have the opportunity to study and work with a wide variety of fabrics and components used in the design and making of textile products. Candidates will work in both two and three dimensional forms. They will gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and manufacture.

Course content

The AS specification has 2 units:

Unit 1 Assessment Written Exam: 2 hours Weighting: 50% of total AS / 25% of total A Level marks

Unit 2: Coursework Assessment Coursework: Approx 50 hours Weighting: 50% of total AS / 25% of total A Level marks 

At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to design and manufacture exciting textile products alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial textile manufacture.

Assessment - Written Exam: 2 hours. Weighting: 25% of total A Level marks Coursework

Assessment - Coursework: Approx 60 hours. Weighting: 25% of total A Level marks

D&T and your future - The subject is particularly suitable for students considering a career in design, fashion or interior design, but it is also likely to have a wider appeal to those wishing to gain a greater understanding of our man-made environment and to develop essential problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

This course is usually undertaken by students who have previously shown success and enjoyment in GCSE textile technology, as its content is a continuation of much of the type of work studied for GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matthew Arnold School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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