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Sixth Form

Textiles - Product Design

The Nature of the Course

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate the historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying the opportunity to put their learning into practice by manufacturing products of their choice.

Special Features

In Year 12, students will complete a wide range of small projects which will help them to build their portfolios including designing skills, decorative skills and other skills centred around pattern drafting and garment construction. The theory side of the course is taught alongside the portfolio and skills building element with a lot of the theory taught by practical application to further embed knowledge.

Skills Demanded and Developed

It is helpful for students to have studied GCSE Design & Technology (Textiles) or Art, but evidence of other Textiles experience, such as design and making of clothes or costume-production would also be useful experience. An interest in the fashion / textiles industry and the science behind textile production is essential.

Careers and Higher Education Implications

The UK’s thriving fashion industry makes a huge contribution to the economy. It employs hundreds of thousands of people and is one of the UK’s most sought-after exports. It is important that this A Level is supporting the growth of the industry by developing young people with a solid understanding of the commercial, creative and technical sides of the trade. This course offers access to a wide range of courses and careers. Sketchbooks, folders and practical work from this course can be used to support an application for a place on an Art Foundation or degree course.

Strong A Level Combinations


Possible Further Study and Degree Courses

Fashion Design
Interior Design
Fashion Marketing
Studies Science based Textile courses


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