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Fashion & Textiles

Design and Technology
Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE DT Textiles, Product Design or Graphics

Course Content

A Level Fashion & Textiles requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.

The course specification is split into three sections:

Paper 1 – Technical Principles

Mixture of short answer and extended response.

  • Written exam: 2.5 hours
  • 120 marks
  • 30% of A-level


Paper 2 – Designing and making principles

Mixture of short answer and extended response questions

Section A

  • Product analysis: 30 marks
  • Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).


Section B

  • Commercial manufacture: 50 marks
  • Mixture of short and extended response questions.

Style Of Assessment

Non Exam Assessment (NEA) 50% of grade: In this unit you will undertake a substantial design & make task in your chosen specialist area. You will generate, investigate and solve a design context and problem of your own choice.

Whose kind of course?

Learning about Fashion & Textiles strengthens learner’s critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make proto-types/products that solve real problems.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*

As a fashion designer, you will learn the skills to design and make all aspects of products, using the latest materials, smart materials, desktop publishing software and computer aided manufacture.

Career Prospects

Studying Fashion & Textiles can lead to further Degree studies and careers in Fashion design, Product Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing and Project Management. It will also provide you with the skills to present your work more effectively in all aspects of your education and life. In addition, it will provide you with the skills to think creatively and independently to overcome real-life problems.