The A Level Fashion and Textile AQA course is a two year course for students wishing to extend and develop their expertise in the subject. It builds on the areas covered in the GCSE course and allows students to explore Fashion and Textiles in real depth. However, there is no prerequisite to have studied GCSE Design.
Below is a typical outline of how the specification may be covered across the 2 years.
In Year 12 students have the opportunity to further their technical abilities, acquiring advanced and more complex skills through the production of prototypes they themselves have designed. This will include a range of pattern making skills, construction and decorative techniques appropriate to this level of study. This will also provide students with the necessary understanding of how to approach the personal study undertaken in Year 13, whilst working as a Fashion and Textiles designer.
At the same time all areas of the specification will be covered, ranging from Textile fibre technology to Art movements and the history of fashion.
Students will be expected to complete homework tasks as set and generally develop their wider interest in the subject by reading widely and visiting galleries and exhibitions when possible.
The NEA coursework project runs throughout Year 13 and is selected by the student themselves. This enables each individual to take advantage of their own specialist skills and interests within the subject.
There will also be considerable preparation for the 2 examination papers during Year 13.
- Exam structure/weightings
A Level Fashion and Textiles is assessed by one major piece of coursework, the context of which is selected by students themselves. It is worth 50% of the final marks.
The remaining 50% is divided equally between 2x2 hour written examination papers.
- Career Opportunities
Many students who study A Level Fashion and Textiles go on to develop their interest further at degree level concentrating on design, marketing, buying, conservation or textile technology. Career opportunities are many and varied including Fashion, Textile and Interior designers, Fashion buying and marketing, Textile technologist, Theatrical costumier, Visual merchandiser and Textile conservation.