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Product Design: Textiles A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 Materials, Componentns and Application
Written examination - 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
2 Learning Through Designing and Making
Coursework - 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
Unit 1
This is assessed in an exam at the end of the year, is 2 hours long and split into
3 sections
Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
Section 3 contains one compulsory question
- Source and classification of the main fibre groups
- Yarn types and properties and the blending and mixing of fibres
- Fabric manufacture: woven, knitted, nonwovens and smart materials
- Fabric finishes and surface decoration
- Product components
- Industrial and commercial practice, manufacturing systems, ICT
application, pattern drafting, product manufacture and environmental
- Development of design, design in practice, communication methods.
Unit 2
This is a written (or electronic) design portfolio that takes up about 50 hours of
time. Coursework will consist of four projects to produce a portfolio;
1. Investigation and clarification of problems (toy project)
2. Development of design proposal (garment)
3. Making/modelling (toy/bag/soft furnishing/garment)
4. Evaluation and testing (garment/toy)
Students will also be marked on communication and presentation.

3 Design and Manufacture
Written examination - 50% of A2, 25% of A-Level
4 Designing and making practice
Coursework - 50% of A2, 25% of A-Level
Unit 3
This is assessed in an exam at the end of year 13 and is 2 hours long. The unit
consists of 2 sections with a choice of 3 questions from 6. Candidates are
required to answer one question from each section and also a final question
from either section. Areas covered are:
- Testing and comparing the relative merits of fabrics in relation to their
intended use
- Manipulating and combing fabrics
- Major developments in textiles technology
- Product life cycle and fashion cycles
- Design in human context
- Industrial and commercial practice, fabric manufacture and product
Unit 4
This is a written (or electronic) design folder. Students submit evidence of a
single, substantial designing and making activity. This is catwalk inspired. It
- Context and objectives
- Plan of action and clarification of problem
- Development of design proposal
- Manufacture/modelling
- Conclusion, evaluation and recommendations
Students will also be marked on communication and presentation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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