Design & Technology

Key Stage 5


Throughout both AS and A2 students  will study the traditional and  latest developments in fibres, yarns and fabrics as well as gaining a working knowledge of the properties of fibres and fabrics whilst designing and making fashion garments using a range of different fabrics. There will be an emphasis on industrial practice throughout the whole course. Garments will all be displayed in a Fashion Show which enables students to gain the opinions of other professionals working in the textiles industry to include in their design folders. They will learn about the care of fabrics and all the additional trimmings and components used to complete a textile product. In addition, students will study aspects of the History of Fashion and the many different roles/careers within the textiles industry, plus the marketing side of the industry.

Syllabus - AQA Design & Technology Product Dedign (Textiles) (2009)
Syllabus Nos. AS 1561    A2 2561
The course will consist of 4 Units: (2 for AS and 2 more for A2)

The main areas of study at AS and A2 are:
Materials and Components
Design and Market Influences
Processes and Manufacture

The AS will be examined through a 2 hour written examination (unit 1) and a design and make portfolio of coursework (unit 2). The coursework consists of two projects:
•    Sportswear – to promote designing for a particular target market. Use of performance fabrics and knitted fabrics are focused upon in this project.
•    Lasered Innovations – This project introduces pattern drafting, and the use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture). Pupils use the school’s laser cutter to add detail to their products, promoting the use of current technology in their work.
The A2 will be examined through a 2 hour written examination (unit 3) and an extended design and make project (unit 4). The coursework consists of one project:
•    Haute Couture – A2 students have the opportunity to create their own briefs, based on a Haute Couture designer of their choice, an occasion, or a celebrity. The focus is on attention to detail; hand embroidery and hand sewn hems are an example. Pupils draft and adapt their own patterns, make and fit toiles, and present their final designs as the grand finale of the school’s fashion show in March.

Future opportunities
This course focuses on product design through textiles and can lead to further study at degree level and/or work related areas. The main emphasis of this course is on fashion. However, all aspects of textiles are addressed and a student with a particular interest in a textile area other than fashion, such as interiors, will be able to embrace this.

What are the entry requirements?
There is no specialist requirement beyond the standard entry to Lady Margaret’s Sixth Form. However, a Grade B or above in any of the Design & Technology GCSEs is an advantage. Pupils who have not previously studied Design & Technology textiles will have to submit a portfolio of work to show their extra-curricular interest in Textiles.

Textiles Technology is a developing field of study with ever increasing career opportunities. For those with an interest in science, Textiles Technology combines particularly well, and related careers could be Architecture, Engineering or further study in Materials Technology. For those with an interest in the Fashion Industry or Interior Design, Textiles Technology is an excellent A level to take. The Fashion Industry has a vast range of associated careers – not merely designing, but Clothing Technology, Marketing, Buying, Pattern Cutting, Fashion Journalism and Retail – to name but a few.

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