AQA Textiles and Product design comprises of four Units. There are two units per year. The practical Units are 50hrs in Year 12 and 60 hours in Year 13, in which you will be taught a wide range of techniques. Each year has a 2 hour written exam and this embeds the theory and knowledge a designer needs to further work at degree level.
Unit 1 – TEXT1 Materials, Components and Application 50% of AS, 25% of A Level 2 hour written paper
Students have the opportunity to study and work with a variety of textile materials to enable them to understand the working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability which influence the choice of materials in design situations. With this students gain a broad knowledge of the manufacturing systems used in the manufacture of textile materials and products for apparel, household and industrial applications. Our students will be encouraged to explore practical applications of processing methods as appropriate to the products they design and make.
Unit 2 – TEXT2 Learning Through Designing and Making 50% of AS, 25% of A Level Coursework – 50 hours
This is the practical element of the course and your chance to shine through with your knowledge and creativity. You will produce a piece of practical work as well as a design portfolio.
Unit 3 – TEXT3 Design and Manufacture 25% of A Level 2 hour written paper This unit will develop a deeper and broader understanding of material knowledge, processes and applications. You will learn about the design processes and current market commercial practices. The life cycle of textile goods is a key part to this Unit and how the environment is affected. The unit covers manufacturing techniques and ICT, CAD/Cam developments.
Unit 4 – TEXT4 Design and Making Practice 25% of A Level Coursework – 60 hours This is the practical element to your course and provides the opportunity to create and design a project of your choice.
Edxcel comprise of 2 Units per year.
Design and Technology coursework and exams require a good level of English Maths and Science. The ideal candidate will have obtained a Grade B in these topics. It is not essential you are good at Art however it is important that you do like practical working as well as coursework.
We expect our students to keep an open mind when being creative and explore ideas. As both the coursework and examinations are important, we expect our students to develop both of these skills in tandem during the course. Work is set on Moodle with prior reading and learning and coursework is deemed necessary to be done both outside and inside the class. Students are encouraged to use some of their free time in the studio.
Outside of the Classroom
Design Technology in either subject offers the learner the real chance to work with outside local companies. Some courses require you to have a live link to a project and visit the customer to access higher marks.
The textile students are treated to a “Clothes Show” as an opportunity to see retailing in this industry at full flow. Product Design trips to Ikea in Bristol have taken place which that helps encourage reviewing of real products, on sale for product analysis.
Reasons to Study
Studying this style of A Level will challenge you and stretch your thinking. It will gain you confidence in managing complex processes. The careers Design Technology can lead onto are wide and varied depending on your interest; Architecture; Interior Design; Fashion Designer; Graphics Designer; Web Designer; Product Designer.