Specialism:Year 12 Product Design Textiles

What will my child be studying?

Your child will be studying the AQA Product Design: Textiles course. During year 12 he/she will be furthering their knowledge of textile science, manufacturing techniques and processes as well as past and contemporary fashion and style icons.

How is the course assessed?

There are two elements of this course; Coursework and a terminal examination, each worth 50% of the qualification. The theory is divided into 3 separate elements:
Section A: Materials and Components
Section B: Design and Market Influences
Section C: Processes and Manufacture

Are there Controlled Assessments?

There is no Controlled Assessment at AS level. There are two different pieces of coursework which combine to cover all elements of the specification for Unit 2. Both will include a design folio and a practical outcome. These are:
1. Designing and making an item of underwear as outerwear. This will involve knowledge of historical design as well as current designers and is primarily a practical piece based on traditional construction techniques.
2. Designing and making a waistcoat for a celebrity of choice. This is a creative piece that will involve pattern adaptation and a range of creative experimental work.

How long are the examinations?

There is one 2 hour written paper worth 80 marks. It is based primarily on Materials and Components and consists of three sections:
Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
Section 3 contains one compulsory question

What equipment should my child have?

Students should always have drawing equipment as well as pens and a range of small textiles equipment.

What texts would you recommend?

Textiles at the Cutting Edge : Paperback by Lesley Cresswell

What websites would you recommend?


How can I support my child’s learning?

Ensure that your child completes tasks set to the highest standard and always meets deadlines during the course.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs K Baker at: kbaker@tringschool.org