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Design & Technology (Textiles) AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

Textiles provides wide opportunities ranging from fashion and aesthetics to industrial uses of textile products. The practical problem solving approach encourages independent learning and personal satisfaction from working with a variety of materials.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have studied Design and Technology at GCSE level and have achieved a grade B or above. They must be committed, self motivated and have a passion for design and the effect it has on society as a whole.


The AS course consists of 2 units:

  • Unit 1: Based on specialist materials and components: students will study and work with a wide range of fabrics/food products and components.
  • Unit 2: Coursework. This may take a number of forms: a single design and make project, two smaller projects and/or a portfolio of work.

The A2 course consists of 2 units which offer students the opportunity to further their knowledge and practical skills and understand the processes and procedures of commercial textile/food manufacture.

  • Unit 3: Based on Design and Manufacture.
  • Unit 4: Coursework. A single substantial designing and making project. Assessment

The AS and A2 units are assessed by a two hour written paper and a written or electronic design portfolio.

Future opportunities

Design and Technology is an excellent stepping stone to a degree course at university or Art college. Further study could lead to a wide range of exciting careers including Product design, Graphic design, Fashion design, Theatre design, Architecture, Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, Hospitality, Catering, Marketing, Retail Management, Media and Teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.