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DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN: TEXTILES TECHNOLOGY Examination Board AQA Syllabus Number AS – 1561 A2 - 2561 Why Study DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN: TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY to AS or A2 Level? The textile industry is the UK’s fourth largest employer. We aim to provide an active and practical study of textiles and fashion which will give students the opportunity to examine topics from an historical perspective, through their relevance in today’s world, and with a view to possible future development – past, present and future! Students will be given the opportunity to develop their abilities to make judgements and solve problems in the context of clothing and will also be able to investigate the factors that affect the production of fabrics. Textiles combines well with Art and adds an extra dimension to a portfolio for Foundation Art courses. Entry Qualifications You should ideally have GCSE Grade B or above in Textiles Technology. Other students will be considered on an individual basis. You also need a lively interest in textiles! Higher Education Courses are available covering a wide range of interests from Woven Textiles, Knitted Textiles, Furnishing Design, Clothing Studies, Textile Design, Textile Production, Textile Marketing, Contemporary Textiles, through to Art Foundation. Careers Job areas include: Interior Design, Fashion, Retail, Textile Design, Textile Manufacture, Textile Marketing, Teaching, and Theatre Design. Course Content Materials and Components. Working Properties of Materials. Hand and Commercial Processes. Product Manufacture. Design in Practice. Modern Technologies and Materials. Assessment AS LEVEL:- Unit 1 –Written Exam (2 hour exam) = 50% Unit 2 –Coursework (two smaller projects; approx 50 hours) = 50% A2 LEVEL:- Unit 3 – Written Exam (2 hour exam) = 50% Unit 4 – Coursework (a single, substantial designing and making activity; approx 60 hours) = 50% Please note that the AS is the first half of the GCE course, and contributes 50% of the total Advanced GCE marks. The A2, the second half of the Advanced GCE, comprises the other 50% of the total Advanced GCE marks.
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