Course Aims

Design and Technology encourages students to develop innovative and creative designs and to produce high quality products.  A practical problem solving approach encourages independent learning.

Course Details

  • The AS level consists of 2 units and forms 50% of the full A level.
  • The A2 consists of 2 units forming 50% of the final A level.

Overall the A level comprises of 50% coursework and 50% written examination.

The course consists of 4 units


  • Unit 1- A portfolio of project work completed through the year.  This will involve the investigation, design and production of textile products 25%. Approximately 50 hours.
  • Unit 2 - Written paper (2 hours): Materials, components and application 25%.


  • Unit 3 - Written paper (2 hours):  Design and Manufacture 25%.
  • Unit 4 - A coursework project of candidates’ own choice with a focus on a single outcome.  This is a design and make activity 25%. Approximately 50 hours.


Units 1 and 4 are internally marked and moderated by AQA.  Units 2 and 3 are externally marked examinations.

Entry Requirements

B+ or above at GCSE D&T Textiles.

Teaching Approach

There will be a wide variety of methods used.  Coursework will follow a similar approach to the GCSE course and will be project based.  Students will be able to choose a topic for their coursework that appeals to them.  Projects could involve fashion design, interior design or for a range of other uses.  Practical work of a high standard will be encouraged.  Students will make use of a wide range of research skills and use ICT for both designing and presenting work.  Computer aided design and manufacture form an important element to this course.  The work of designers and the manufacture of items in the textile and fashion industry will be studied.


Employment opportunities in the Fashion and Textile industry are wide and varied.  There have been considerable advances in the development of fibres and fabrics in recent years.  Fabric technologists may work in the production of innovative products for a wide variety of uses.  Careers involving fashion and textile design include opportunities such as couture, high street fashion, interiors, textile arts, retail management and fashion buyer.  The subject involves a range of skills that would be useful in business, education, project management, and retail/management careers.

Support Subjects

Textiles can be combined with many other subjects including Art, Business Studies, Chemistry, Drama, English, Geography and History.

Progression to A2 is contingent on achieving grade C or above at AS level and behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.

N.B The last teaching for this current specification will be September 2016 with a new specification being introduced from September 2017.