A Level Fashion and Textiles

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTSA grade 5 in GCSE art.  The ability to confidently use a sewing machine would also be an advantage, along with basic knowledge of garment construction. 
CONTENT OF COURSEThe subject became linear in 2017.  The content has been refreshed and enhanced.  The specification is modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices. 
The new qualification places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes.  Students will use thier creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.   
It will cover the major historical design styles and movements including Punk, Pop Art, Art Nouveau and Minimalism. Alongside this, students will analyse socio-economic influences on fashion such as street culture, social media, the role of women in society, music, World War Two and the rise of street culture.
Students will learn how to create their own designs, learning how to use a variety of textiles and new design technologies such as wearable technology. Alongside the creative elements of the course, students will study the commercial side of fashion, including branding and marketing.
Students can also expect to take an in depth look into the work of influential designers' work such as Chanel, Dior, Mary Quant, Yes Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Vivienne Westwood, Gaultier and McQueen.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS
Will consist of two written papers:
Paper 1 Technical principles 2.5 hour exam, 30% of A level. Questions consist of a mixture of short answer and extended responses.
Papers 2: Designing and making principles 1.5 hour exam, 20% of A level. Section A: product analysis, Section B: commercial manufacture.
NEA: Substantial design and make project 50% of A level. Supporting design portfolio and final prototype. 
SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSION
The UK's thriving fashion industry makes a huge contribution to the economy. It employs hundreds of thousands of people and is one of our most sought after exports. The range of careers within the industry is vast and varied. 
The course work undertaken, and the work produced, will provide evidence of all the key skills, creativity alongside the student's ability to problem solve that is required to project manage. This often forms the basis of discussion at interview.

Teaching Staff
 Mrs K Jackson, BSc (Hons), PGCE (Head of Design Technology - Food and Textiles)