Fashion and Textiles A Level

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

Retail and Commercial Enterprise
Retail and Commercial Enterprise
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The new Fashion and Textiles A Level is a creative and thought-provoking qualification which will give students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers related to the Fashion and Textiles sector and in other areas within the creative industries.

Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology involving the design and development of textiles and fashion, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. Research study trips will inform decision making.


Fashion and Textiles requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge separated into three key areas:

  • Core technical principles
  • Core designing and making principles
  • Additional specialist knowledge.

Students will have the opportunity to explore innovation and creativity and to adapt ideas to a commercial need and specified target markets, while gaining an understanding of how textile product ideas can be processed and manufactured.

Students must also demonstrate maths and science skills in particular where these skills and knowledge can be applied in the context of design and technology. The course is structured as a two year linear A Level.

The department is very successful nationally with students consistently achieving top awards and has been described as ‘leading edge’. No previous experience of textiles is required although a level 6 or above in a related design, art or creative GCSE qualification is necessary. The most important criterion is a strong interest in and passion for the subject area.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1
Core technical principles and
core designing and making principles
2 hour Examination
100 marks
25% A Level

Paper 2
Additional specialist knowledge, core technical and core designing and making principles
2 hour Examination
100 marks
25% A Level

Paper 3
Non Exam Assessment (NEA)
Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge
50% A Level
Fashion and Textiles

Entry requirements

6/above in a creative subject at GCSE with a submission of a portfolio of work.