A level Product Design (Textiles) offers the opportunity for talented students who can offer a combination of artistic, inventive and creative flair, the opportunity to express their ideas, technical knowledge and organisational skills. It is a multi-faceted course which especially needs interest, enthusiasm and determination.
This is arguably one of the most interesting times to study textiles.
- Consumers are no longer dictated to, nor slavishly follow, a handful of haute couture fashion figures. Today anything goes and emerging new talents are a constant feature of the London fashion world.
- The industry’s impact on the environment is now well known; cotton manufacturing is one of the most polluting industries of all. The fashion industry’s efforts to minimise that damage have resulted in exciting new fabrics from new, man-made, “intelligent” fibres.
- A global recession and an emphasis on recycling mean vintage clothing has been pushed to the forefront and with it a renewed appreciation for historical colours, prints and designs.
- Globalisation, cheap travel and easy communication facilities mean the exchange of ideas and inspirations has never been easier or faster. The study of textiles is exciting and challenging.
Unit 1 – Written Examination – 2 hours
This paper is primarily based on Materials, Components and Applications. Consists of 3 sections.
Unit 2 – Coursework
You will complete a design portfolio which will focus on a single design and make project.
You will extend your knowledge of GCSE Textiles and discover new areas of the subject.
- Different types of Textiles materials
- Construction techniques
- Decorative techniques
- Using specialist machinery
- New developments in Textiles
- Medical, Geotextiles and smart materials
- Consumer Law and marketing influences
- Health and Safety
- The Textiles Industry
Unit 3 – Written examination
This paper is based primarily on Design and Manufacture. Consists of two sections with a choice of three questions from six.
Unit 4 – Coursework
A single, integrated coursework project using any material or combination of materials. You will develop further your understanding of the fashion and textiles industry.
|Unit 1||Unit 1 – TEXT1 Materials, Components and Application
50% of Year 1, 25% of Year 2
2 hour written paper
Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections
Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
Section 3 contains one compulsory question
|Unit 2||Unit 2 – TEXT2 Learning Through Designing and Making
50% of Year 1, 25% of Year 2
Coursework – approx. 50 hours
Written (or electronic) design portfolio
Coursework may take a number of forms: a single design-and-make project, two smaller projects and/or a portfolio of work
|Unit 3||Unit 3 – TEXT3 Design and Manufacture
25% of Year 2
2 hour written paper
Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections
Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section
Includes synoptic assessment
|Unit 4||Unit 4 – TEXT4 Design and Making Practice
25% of Year 2
Coursework – approx. 60 hours
Written (or electronic) design folder
Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity
In order to really appreciate Fashion and Textiles, numerous trips are planned. These can vary from shop profiling at the Trafford Centre in Manchester to attending The Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham.
The course also encourages theatre trips in order for budding designers to understand how costumes are made. Students also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and discuss costume designing with designers at the Royal Exchange.
Mrs L. Smith
Subject Leader Technology
I had one of those inspirational teachers who could see I had a talent in Art. When I was choosing my options to study, I really wanted to focus on Fashion and was given the opportunity to do this. This was the first time I had ever used a sewing machine! I can still remember the 3D flowers escaping from a hat I had made and a bright red jacket that I had painstakingly put together and then embellished to within an inch of its life. I had finally found my vocation. I went on to study at Blackburn College of Art and Design where I chose fashion and textiles. I then chose to study Fashion at De Montfort University in Leicester. This course really opened my eyes to the fashion industry. I was able to learn about footwear, contour, eveningwear and costume. I eventually graduate with a BA (Hons) 1st class. After working in the fashion industry for several years, I realised that there was a gap and a need for young, talented and skilled designers. I decided to go and complete a PGCE in secondary education at Edge Hill University. I was so excited to be able to teach fashion and textiles as a new subject at Moorhead High School. I have been teaching now for 14 years and still have that same passion for the subject that I did when I was 14. To see students create their own fashion garments, then go on to study the subject at university is what first encouraged me to become a teacher. I have taught a range of subjects whilst at Accrington Academy – from GCSE Expressive Arts to GAT yr 9 students to BTEC Fashion and Clothing at Post 16. When I am not scouring the pages of Vogue, I do like to watch sci-fi (so happy The X Files has returned!) or the latest Real Housewives series.
A-Level Pass Rate for last 4 years
Most students achieve their expected grades or above and many students move onto university.
I have chosen textiles because I have always been interested in fashion and creating my own unique style. Another reason why I have chosen textiles is because I wish to pursue a career in the acting industry whether that be through acting or costume design. The textiles design specification allows us students to create garments that are as outrageous or as formal as we wish, this gives us the freedom to express ourselves in a way that other subjects don’t. One of the best things about the course is the amount of support you receive is outstanding and the teachers are always more than happy to help.Chloe Avery
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