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Textiles

Qualification

AS / A-Level

Exam Board

AQA

Course summary

Design Technology Textiles A Level gives you the opportunity to develop your capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The subject will enable you to take a broad view of design and technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively and making quality products.

What will students learn?

AS content

Unit 1 is titled ‘Materials, components and application’.

It introduces you to subjects like understanding materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. It is the more theoretical part of year two.

 

Unit 2 is titled ‘Learning through designing and making’

It is the practical, coursework part of year one. You’ll work on your own design with a range of materials and media.

A2 content

Unit 3 is titled ‘Design and manufacture’.

This develops your holistic appreciation of the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. It is the more theoretical part of year two.

 

Unit 4 is titled ‘Design and making in practice’

This is the practical, coursework part of year two. You will create a textile project and record the processes you went through.

How will students be assessed?

In the first year you’ll have two assessments. A two hour written paper covers Topic 1 and accounts for 25% of your total A level marks. The coursework and your design portfolio from Topic 2 account for another 25% of your total A Level marks. A pass in year one is recognised at AS level.

 

Year two is the same. A two hour written paper covers Topic 3 and accounts for 25% of your total A Level marks. The coursework and your design portfolio from Topic 4 account for the final 25% of your A Level marks.

Differentiation

Practical outcomes which include visual aids etc.

CAD and CAM systems

Resources

AQA specification

There is no core textbook for A level but resources and inspiration is available online.