Design & Technology – Fashion & Textiles

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries.

What’s it about?

Why study Fashion & Textiles?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototype of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Students are encouraged to:

  • take risks and show originality
  • think creatively and innovatively using flair and imagination;
  • produce work that is individual and not following the teachers’ set approach
  • use feedback from clients, users, peers and expert practitioners throughout the process
  • use modern techniques and if feasible, those used in commercial practice
  • show an awareness of the needs, wants and values of users and clients
  • be observant and try to use real world contexts
  • experiment freely through sampling, modelling and testing and learn new processes
  • demonstrate iteration through designing and making
  • show how relevant cultural, economic, environmental, historical and social factors will influence their designing.

The Course Structure

Core technical principles
Core designing and making principles
Additional specialist knowledge
Technical principles

3.1.1 Materials and their applications
3.1.2 Performance characteristics of materials
3.1.3 Methods of joining and use of components
3.1.4 The use of finishes
3.1.5 Enhancement of materials
3.1.6 Modern industrial and commercial practice
3.1.7 Digital design and manufacture
3.1.8 The requirements for product design and development
3.1.9 Health and safety
3.1.10 Protecting designs and intellectual property
3.1.11 Design for manufacturing, maintenance, repair and disposal
3.1.12 Feasibility studies
3.1.13 Enterprise and marketing in the development of products
3.1.14 Design communication

Design and making principles

3.2.1 Design methods and processes
3.2.2 Design theory
3.2.3 How technology and cultural changes can impact on the work of designers
3.2.4 Design Processes
3.2.5 Critical analysis and evaluation
3.2.6 Selecting appropriate tools, equipment and processes
3.2.7 Accuracy in design and manufacture
3.2.8 Responsible design
3.2.9 Design for manufacture and project management
3.2.10 National and international standards in product design


Examination Paper 1:

Technical Principles:

  • Written exam: 2.5 hours
  • 120 marks
  • 0% of A Level

Examination Paper 2:

Designing and Making principles.

  • Written exam: 1.5 hours
  • 20% of A Level

NEA: Non-Examined Assessment – Coursework Project: Folio and practical outcome:

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge:

Substantial design and make task

  • 45 hours: 100 marks: 50% of A Level

Potential Careers

Examples of different textiles sectors are:

  • Construction
  • Craft
  • Education
  • Fashion & apparel
  • Footwear
  • Interiors
  • Medical
  • Sports & leisure
  • Tailoring & bespoke textiles
  • Technical textiles
  • Theatre & TV
  • Toys
  • Transport

Design based careers:

  • Costume (e.g. theatre, TV)
  • Fabric Technologist
  • Fashion garments (e.g. men, women, children, bags)
  • Fibre Technologist
  • Footwear (e.g. shoes, trainers)
  • Garment Technologist
  • Interior Design (e.g. home, office, retail)
  • Protective equipment (e.g. bullet proof vests)
  • Sportswear & equipment (e.g. sports gear, rackets, protective equipment)
  • Technical Textiles (e.g. construction industry, medical textiles, geotextiles)
  • Uniforms (e.g. workwear, armed forces)

 Why Study Fashion & Textiles?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Design & Technology – Fashion & Textiles A Level 6+ in Design & Technology or Art & Design  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.