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Product Design (Textiles - Design & Technology) AS A2 at Prince William School

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AIMS OF THE COURSEThe Design and Technology course is designed to offer candidates opportunities to study, propose and realise prototype solutions to designing and making opportunities closely linked to the world of fashion and interior design. Students who have followed GCSE Textiles Technology can use this course as a stepping stone to higher education. The course offers candidates opportunities to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the world of designing and making and to demonstrate their own technological capabilities through the designing and making of quality outcomes.  COURSE DESIGN AND CONTENTAn awareness and understanding of economic, social, aesthetic, cultural, health and environmental factors relevant to the subject will be developed through a programme of theory lessons. The emphasis of the course is to learn by doing. Each student will need to develop an understanding of the importance of Textile Design in society and will need to experience the designer’s role through the creative solving of problems and the manufacture of prototypes in a range of materials. TEACHING METHODSA variety of teaching methods is employed:1)   Theory: Tutor delivered items supported by handouts and student annotation. Theory lessons      reinforced by a programme of essays, videotapes and note taking. Students are encouraged to        produce all essay work to a good word-processed standard.2)   Design Problem Solving: Working in very closely supervised groups and individually, student’s      master textile craft skills through a range of design and make exercises in fashion and/or interior products. AS requires a portfolio of evidence, whilst A2 demands a single Major Design Make Project.

Entry requirements

Students considering this course should have successfully studied GCSE Textiles or GCSE Art. We recommend that you speak to Mrs Marsters or Mrs Boyce to assess your suitability.


Assessment for AS are:Unit 1:   Written Paper ‘Materials and Components’     Unit 2:              Portfolio of Coursework (50 hours approx)  Unit 3:              Written Paper – themed paper issued by AQA Exam Board e.g. Cultural Influences                                  Theme issued in March, actual paper sat in May assessing ‘Design and Market Influences’ Assessment for A2 are:Unit 4:   Product Study – to test the ability to analyse, synthesise and draw conclusions   Unit 5: A single integrated coursework project using any material or a combination of materials                             Materials (50 hours approximately)Unit 6: 3 hour paper dealing with Materials and Components, Design and Marketing influences,                   Processes and Manufacture within the world of fashion and Textile Interior Products

Future opportunities

This academic subject will provide valuable entry points for almost any university course. The wide range of approaches and experiences that students develop will help them to cope with the individual study and self-discipline required for a successful university course. Through the development of a Case Study students will develop interview, recording and analytical skills in a real life situation; usually working with professionals in a range of situations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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