AQA A Level Design and Technology Fashion and Textiles (7562)

Course Information

Course Leaflet

  • Students will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. They will explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts.
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core technical, designing and making principles for fashion and textiles.
  • Students will focus on fashion makes it more appealing and relevant for higher education (HE) and a career in fashion.

Entry Requirements

To have studied a D&T Subject is desirable.

But a passion for creativity, design and making is essential.

A project on ā€˜Future Fashionā€™ will be set over the summer before Year 12.

What you will be doing…

  • 2 year course
  • 50% Coursework
  • 50% Written exam
  • Project based learning that are designed to advance practical and portfolio skills whilst also developing theoretical knowledge for the exam.
  • Develop practical, problem solving and creative skills that are essential in a range of careers (not just in fashion).
  • Visit to end of course shows at a local University

Text Book

AQA AS and A-level Design and Technology Fashion and Textiles

Authors: Pauline Treuherz, Amanda Dick, Denise Davies

Publisher: Hodder

ISBN-13: 9781510413498

Price: Ā£32.99

Future Prospects

Costume Designer

A costumer designer might work for theatre companies, film or TV to design and make costumes for all sorts of characters and people. This could be anything from putting together outfits for X factor singers to designing costumes for Doctor Who monsters.


Merchandisers work closely with the buying team to ensure products appear in store, in the right quantities at the right time. To do this effectively requires accurate forecasting and close monitoring of sales performance. The role of merchandiser is closely tied to the profitability of the store each season, and involves organising sales and promotions.

Retail Buyer

Retail buyers are the brains behind which products or garments are sourced and stocked in advance of a coming season for retail outlets. Purchasing decisions for the company are based on customer demand, market and seasonal trends, store brand, and budget.

Fashion Designers

One of the highest profile roles in the industry, designers are the creative geniusā€™ who work on the design of clothing and fashion ranges. Designers can work in any specialism, from handbags to sportswear to childrenā€™s wear. Fashion designers work across a large number of settings, including large retail brands, boutique labels and freelance.

Future Study

Central Saint Martins ā€“ London

London College of Fashion




Local FASHION Universities

Nottingham Trent


De Montfort


Birmingham City


Other institutions with FASHION courses

(non-degree level)

  • North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College Design for Fashion and Textiles HND
  • South Staffordshire College, Lichfield Fashion and Clothing Diploma
  • Leicester College Fashion and Design

Costume Foundation Degree

  • South and City College Birmingham Fashion and Textiles HND
  • University of Derby Fashion and Fashion Marketing Foundation Certificate

For further information please email Mrs Miller-Jones: