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Fashion and Textiles A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoy opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course content

A-level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into:
- Core technical principles
- Core designing and making principles,
- Additional specialist knowledge.

The specification content is presented in a three column format. The left-hand column contains the specification content all students must cover, and forms the basis for the assessments. The middle column gives additional information to ensure students study the topic in appropriate depth and gives teachers the parameters in which the subject will be assessed. Students must also demonstrate mathematics and science skills.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs including a min Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. A GCSE in Textiles Grade C is required or teacher recommendation.


Paper 1 - Core technical principles and core designing and making principles. • Written exam: 2 hours
- 100 marks
- 25% of A-level Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Paper 2 - Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.
- Written exam: 2 hours
- 25% of A-level. Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.
Section A: Product Analysis.
- Up to 6 short answer questions based on the visual stimulus of product(s).
Section B: Commercial manufacture.
- Mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam Assessment (NEA) - Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.
- Substantial design and make task
- 45 hours
- 100 marks
- 50% of A-level
Evidence = Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Future opportunities

A product design (Textiles) course will give you numerous opportunities for career progression from fashion design & styling, textile design for fashion & interiors, interior design, fashion merchandising & buying, illustration & graphic design, industrial design, textile engineering, production management, architectural design and product design to name a few. The above course develops skills that support the university and career progression and also allows the student to develop portfolio material. This Product Design (Textiles) course will give you thinking, planning and practical design and manufacturing skills that allow you to become an independent thinker in our technological world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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