Fashion and Textiles

1. Course details

Qualification name GCE A Level in Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Assessment & Qualifications Alliance
Course type Classroom based
Course hours FullTime
Course start date 01 September 2020
Cost description -
Attendance pattern Daytime

2. Who this course is for

This course is for creative and imaginative students move on to from GCSE with an interest in careers in fashion and textile design. It will prepare you for entry level jobs and apprenticeships in creative occupations and when taken with other level 3 subjects, for entry to higher education.

3. Entry requirements

4-5 GCSE's at grade 4 (C) or above including maths, English and art or textiles or a relevant level 2 qualification. You will need to be able to demonstrate examples of your creative work at interview.

4. What you'll learn

The course covers both practical and theoretical study. You'll work with a wide variety of fabrics, components and techniques such as printing, weaving, knitting, mixed media, digital applications, surface design, embroidery and pattern cutting, creating products in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. You'll get an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and manufacture and learn more about the performance characteristics of different materials. You'll explore fashion trends and cycles and get an insight into marketing, brand identity and how to communicate design ideas to clients, customers and manufacturers. You'll explore design styles and movements and look at the work of influential designers from Chanel to Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. You'll look at the impact of technological change on the industry and the ways that social trends impact product design.

5. How you'll learn

Through practical workshops, demonstrations and hands on practise using a range of materials. There will be careers visits, events and speakers. You'll need to be committed to independent study including research, developing ideas, sketching and completing worksheets.

6. What you'll need to bring

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7. How you'll be assessed

Through two end of course written exams and a design and make project portfolio that counts for 50% of your final mark.

8. Next steps

You could move on to to degree courses in the creative arts such as fashion design, interior design, buying and merchandising. There are apprenticeship and entry level job opportunities in the creative industries including fashion retail, fashion buying, visual merchandising and garment manufacture among others.

9. Venue

Name Presdales School
Address Hoe Lane
SG12 9NX
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10. Other venues and dates

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