A level in Design and Technology: Fashion Textiles offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products. Studying Textiles will allow you to explore texture, colour, pattern, line and form, through experimentation with materials. You will also have the opportunity to explore areas of fashion including design, illustration, garment construction and creative embellishment.

Course Overview
Year 1

There will be a focus on developing skills through designing and making tasks. You will also undergo a series of theory lessons to prepare you for the written examination you will sit in your second year.

Year 2

Completion of the design and make coursework contributing to 50% of your grade. Completion of the Design and Technology in the 21st Century. Written examination : 2.5 hours, 50% of the examination.


After completing the course you will be able to progress to university to an Textiles related degree course or a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.. You will develop knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills with the aim of enhancing employability.


The Textiles industry has many strands that you can specialise in. An A Level in Fashion Textiles could be the start of a career in fashion design, textile design, costume design, surface pattern and even fashion buying and merchandising.

"Fashion is very important. It is life enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well".


Vivienne Westwood

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

GCSE Textiles or Art - Grade 5 or portfolio at teacher’s discretion.


The full A-Level is assessed at the end of the second year. Your final grade will be based on the written examination of Design and Technology in the 21st Century Written examination: 2.5 hours 50% of marks and a design and make coursework contributing to 50% of your grade.

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Trips to local and national galleries and visits from local artists and galleries through outreach programmes.



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