Design & Technology: Fashion & Textiles A Level


Examination Board: AQA


What is the course about? 


This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.


They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice through textiles.


This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.


Where will it take me? 


This qualification supports the progression into further education, training or employment, but specifically in textiles: textile or fashion designer, fashion merchandising and buying, advertising and marketing, manufacture, costumier or researcher for technical fabric development.








Paper 1

Technical principals

2.5 hours

120 marks

30% of total A Level

Paper 2

Designing and making principals

1.5 hours

80 marks

 20% of total A Level

Non Examined Assessment

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.

45 Hours

100 marks

50% of total A level


Subject Content


 ·        Fabrics and their applications

·        The requirements for product design, development and manufacture

·        Design Communication

·        Digital design and manufacture

·        Efficient  use of fabrics

·        Health and Safety

·        Design for manufacturing

·        Protecting designs and intellectual property

·        Enterprise and marketing in the development of products

·        Design methods and processes

·        How technology and cultural changes can impact on the work of designers

·        How to evaluate products, taking into account the views of potential user

·        Design Processes

·        Critical Analysis and Evaluation

·        Selecting appropriate specialist tools, techniques and processes

·        Accuracy in design and manufacture

·        Responsible design

·        Design for manufacture

·        National and international standards in Textiles design

·        Performance characteristics of Fabrics

·        The use of components and fixings

·        The use of surface finishes and coatings

·        Industrial and commercial practice

·        Modern manufacturing systems


Non Examined Assessment  


  • Students must undertake a design and make task and produce a final prototype based on a context and design brief developed by the student.


  • The Brief must be of an appropriate level of complexity and contain a degree of uncertainty of the outcome so that students can engage in an iterative process of designing, making, testing and evaluating.


  • Students must produce a written or digital design folder clearly evidencing how the assessment criteria have been met together with photographic evidence of the final manufactured prototype outcome.


  • Students should produce a concise folder. The exam board recommend that the folder should not exceed 45 A3 pages or equivalent.