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Product Design (Fashion and Textiles) A Level at The Grey Coat Hospital

Course description

At A level we offer two distinct design pathways Product Design Resistant Materials and Graphics. In year 12 students produce a ‘creative portfolio’ consisting of several skills based projects involving design investigation, modelling and manufacturing. We encourage students to select projects that will support their specialist applications to further education – architecture, engineering, design etc. The subject is also successful in providing design projects that support students making applications in other curriculum areas; in the past year we have had students designing musical instruments and baby sleep monitors; supporting applications in Music Technology and Midwifery!   In year 13, all students research and identify specific and measurable design problems and produce and test their prototypes to industry standards.

Course content

The Textiles course offers students an opportunity to gain a positive experience from working with a variety of textile materials. The practical problem solving processes encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation, and students produce individual products of high quality. Textiles provides wide opportunities ranging from fashion and aesthetics to industrial uses of textiles, and from creative and individual work to aspects of manufacturing and industrial and commercial practice. The students will cover several topics including the study of materials and components, the history of textile design, current design trends, fashion and textiles layout and presentation, textiles innovation, use of ICT and the processes and manufacture of textiles products, to name a few. They will be required to keep up to date with current design issues, and visits to galleries, textile retail outlets, exhibitions and manufacturers will be an integral part of the course.

Entry requirements

To study in the Sixth Form, students need to attain five GCSE grades at A*-C, including English and Mathematics.




Paper 1: Core technical Principles

Two hours 25% of A level

Paper 2: Additional specialist knowledge

Two hours 25% of A level

C/W project (NEA)

Design and make project: 45 hours 50% of A level

Future opportunities

Students embark on a variety of career pathways and we have recently seen them moving on to study:

  • Art Foundation
  • Stage and costume design
  • Fashion and textiles design
  • Fashion and promotion journalism
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Fashion illustration

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Grey Coat Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September