Design & Technology: Textile Design (Fashion)

Why study A level Fashion and Textiles?

The A Level in fashion and textiles enables students to develop a wide range of skills and techniques, together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary fashion design. Sessions are delivered in a ‘workshop’ style, encouraging students to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding.

The fashion and textiles specification directly supports progression to higher education in “fashion” related subjects, as well as providing all students with a platform to inspire a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, art, fashion and general design. The course offers logical progression from GCSE providing students with an exciting and innovative portfolio of work.  We are very proud to say that the majority of students who opt to do fashion go on to study a fashion related degree course, whether it be international fashion marketing, fashion design and promotion or fashion and business management.  Students have gained places at The London College of Fashion, Liverpool, Manchester and Salford with some going on to secure careers working for brand names such as Max Mara, Burberry and Jack Wills.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

Whether you love painting, drawing, fashion, photography, graphic design or any other art-related endorsement, career options are limited only by your imagination. Fashion/art/design education propels people towards creative and unexpected destinations. The creative industries is one of the fastest growing in the UK and therefore offers design students a wide range of opportunities to select a creative pathway. Fashion and textiles is under-pinned by the capacity to innovate, to develop lateral thinking skills, to problem-solve through creative investigation, to communicate and collaborate. So whether you are interested in becoming a fashion designer, illustrator, surface pattern designer, brand developer, venture into marketing and advertising or even a special or interior designer….the creative skills and visual language you will acquire on this course will help with future studies and your chosen career path.

Key Information Summary:

Course Title Fashion and Textiles
Examination Board AQA
Linear Qualification? Yes
Course Webpage
Entry Requirements C or above in GCSE Textiles, Product Design or any of the Art endorsed subjects
Contact Teachers

Mrs. N Firth (Curriculum Team Leader)


Course Details:

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. Students will explore the use of drawing and mark-making for different purposes; using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will present work in sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, fashion and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.  This will be integral to the investigating, developing and making processes.  Students’ responses to these examples will be evidenced through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.  Students’ will be encouraged to develop more autonomy and higher level thinking skills as knowledge and confidence increase over the course of study.

Subject Content:

A broad-based course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media associated with two or more skill areas such as fashion, textiles, art, photography, architecture, three-dimensional design or graphic communication.

Assessment details:

A Level – 2 Year Course

Component 1: Personal Investigation

·         No time limit

·         96 marks

·         60% of A Level


Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2: Externally Set Task

·         Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time

·         96 marks

·         40% of A Level


Question papers (8 starting points) set by AQA and released to students on or after 1st February

*Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre in June of the examination year.