A Level Design and Technology Fashion and Textiles

Entry Requirements

Students choosing this subject do not need to have previous knowledge of the subject but they must have an enthusiasm for creative studies and an interest in the quick moving fashion world.


Course Content

Paper 1 – Technical Principles  

How its assessed

·       Written paper 2.5 hours

·       120 Marks

·       30% of A level marks

Questions are a mixture of short answer, and extended response.

Paper 2 – Designing and Making Principles Written paper 1 ½ hours     25% A level

Questions: Mixture of short, and extended response questions

Section A

Product analysis is 30 mark

Up to six short answer questions based on

6 short answer questions based on visual stimuli

Section B

Commercial manufacture: 50 marks

Mixture of short and extended response questions

Non- Exam assessment (NEA)


What’s assessed

Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge


How its assessed

Substantial design and make task

100 marks

50% of A level

The Coursework

The coursework involves students designing and making a contemporary fashion item of your choice. Research will involve investigating historical and contemporary fashion trends. This will mean a trip to a museum of costume, fabric retailers and review of current media fashion trends. You will be able to explore a range of textiles and surface pattern design, techniques using a variety of media and styles, recording this in a sketchbook. The use of ICT is essential but a creative approach to the coursework portfolio is also encouraged. Students will produce mood boards, sketches and of their ideas.

As the course is not yet accredited knowledge of what is to be made is unknown. This is a selection of items that have been design and developed in the past.


Future Prospects

HND Fashion & Textiles
BA Hons at university in Fashion, design or textiles
Employment in Textile Design, Manufacture or Fashion

Student Achievements

Some of our students have gone on to University and have really achieved some fantastic designs and are on their way to becoming excellent designers. Here are a selection of some of their achievements. There is no reason that this could not be you in the future with a career in Fashion.


For further information please email Mrs Miller-Jones: h.miller-jones@thepolesworthschool.com