FASHION AND TEXTILES (AQA)
Who is the course aimed at?
This is a creative and thought-provoking qualification.
The course will give you the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.
If you have an interest in fashion and design, are creative and enjoy practical work then this could be the course for you.
How will you learn?
- Teacher led activities and interactive teaching to introduce new material
- Practical activities surrounding design and product creation
- Discussion and group work to produce ideas and solve problems
- The use of subject text books and other resources
- The use of past exam papers and mark schemes
You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, from initial concept to the finished article.
What will you learn?
The units studied are:
- Technical Principals Materials and their applications Performance characteristics of materials Methods of joining and use of components The use of finishes Enhancement of materials Modern industrial and commercial practice Digital design and manufacture Requirements for textile and fashion design / development Health and safety Protecting designs and intellectual property Design for manufacturing, maintenance, repair and disposal Feasibility studies Enterprise and marketing in the development of products Design communication
- Design and Making Principals Design methods and processes Design theory How technology / cultural changes impact designers work Design processes Critical analysis and evaluation Selecting appropriate tools, equipment and processes Accuracy in design and manufacture Responsible design Design for manufacture and project management National and international standards in product design
In addition you will also be required to undertake a substantial design and make task and produce a final prototype based on a context and design brief that you have developed.
How will you be assessed?
Course assessment is as follows:
- Technical principals Written exam paper - 2 hours 30 minutes 30% of A Level
- Design and making principals Written exam paper - 1 hour 30 minutes 20% of A Level
- Design and make project Non-exam assessment 50% of A Level
Enrichment activities and independent learning?
There will be informal drop in / revision sessions available to support classroom learning and aid student progress throughout the course.
What or where next?
Textiles could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Becoming a textile designer is a natural outcome, but there are other job prospects like working as an interior designer or in fashion merchandising and buying. The advertising and marketing profession always needs creative people too, as does the manufacturing industry. You could also apply this A Level to your portfolio of skills as a teacher.
On completion of this course many students continue with their studies at university before embarking on their career later.
For more information about this course please see the specification below or contact the sixth form team.