Design & Technology

Fashion & Textiles 

Entry Requirements - 2018 -2020

If Design & Technology has been studied at GCSE we require:

GCSE grade B in Design & Technology

If Design & Technology has not been studied at GCSE we require:

Applicants to have an individual consultation with a Textiles teacher


Students will work with specialist teachers to broaden their view of design technology and develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. They will explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core technical, designing and making principles for fashion and textiles. They will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of products and gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and manufacture.

Fashion and Textiles provides wide opportunities ranging from fashion and aesthetics to industrial uses of textile products. The practical problem solving approach encourages independent learning and personal satisfaction from working with a variety of materials. 


The qualifications are linear, meaning students sit all their exams at the end of the course.

The course consists of 3 units.

Paper 1: 2 hour written exam 25% A level

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Paper 2: 2 hour written exam 25% A level

Section A: Product analysis –short answer questions 

Section B: Commercial Manufacture – two extended questions 

Non-exam assessment 50% A level: A substantial design and make task determined by the student. 

Career Opportunities

Design and Technology is an excellent stepping stone to a degree course at university or Art College. Further study could lead to a wide range of exciting careers including: Product design, Graphic design, Fashion Design, Theatre design, Architecture, Marketing, Retail Management, Media and Teaching.