Examining Board – AQA
The textiles product design course requires you to think creatively, construct unique and challenging fabric products. The work begins with short focused practical tasks set by the teacher to develop your practical competence, proficiently and creatively. You will construct a number of products within the AS course.
Methods of Study
Study methods revolve around a basic hands on approach, where you will work on individual and group design and manufacturing assignments. You will develop your skills through a range of teaching strategies which include the use of computer aided design and manufacture, textiles manufacturing exercises and high level graphic and sketching tasks. You will use of a range of ICT applications including web research, will participate in discussions (both group and with course tutor). You will make presentations of your work, undertake written assignments and undertake visits to museums. The coursework mark is made up of two or three smaller projects such as using ICT to design and print a scarf; analyse and develop a bag and construct a quality fabric product.
Theoretical knowledge is delivered through dedicated lessons and a range of research projects.
Methods of Assessment
Unit 1: Materials, components and application
This is a 2 hour written paper based primarily on Materials and Components. It is worth 50% of the AS marks and 25% of the A level marks if the course is continued.
Unit 2: Coursework
This is internally assessed and externally moderated. This is a design and manufacture project of either two or three smaller projects. The coursework is worth 50% of the AS marks and 25% of the A level marks if the course is continued.
Unit 3: Design and Manufacture
This is a 2 hour written paper based primarily on Design and Manufacture. It is worth 25% of the A level marks.
Unit 4: Design and Making Practice
This is internally assessed and externally moderated. This is a design and manufacture project of your choice (within guidelines). It is worth 25% of the A level marks.
You should have a GCSE in Technology at grade C or above.