Fashion and Textiles A Level examines the social, economic, and technological elements which influence the textiles industry. Through studying this course you will gain an understanding of how market forces have driven consumer choices relating to fashion and the functional use of fibres and fabrics.
You will benefit most from a GCE in Fashion and Textiles Technology if you have already studied a textile subject at GCSE and achieved a Grade 9 to 6.
Through your studies you will have the opportunity to develop new and complex skills, working with a wide range of textile materials and equipment. You will be encouraged, with the support of your teachers who you will find approachable and willing to offer help and advice, to take responsibility for your own work.
Coursework is a large part of this course and there is significant use of ICT for research and presentation purposes.
A Levels have moved to a linear approach meaning that all examinations and assessments are taken at the end of the 2 year course.
Paper 1: Technical Principles (30% of final grade)
Paper 2: Designing and Making Principles (20% of final grade)
Non-Examination Assessment (NEA)
This will be a substantial design-and-make project consisting of a written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of your final piece.
An A Level in Design Technology: Fashion and Textiles will compliment subjects such as Product Design, Science, Mathematics, Business Studies, ICT and Art.
To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.
Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in Fashion & Textiles can lead to Higher Education and career opportunities in courses such as Textiles, Fashion and Interior Design.
Textile Technology can lead to careers in Management, Marketing and Sales, Advertising, Administration, Retailing, Design, Technical Manufacture, Fashion, Textile Design, Textile Conservation, Theatre, TV and Film Production and Fashion Journalism.