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St Peter's
Catholic School

Fashion and Textiles

Mrs F August

Head of Design and Technology


The Team

Mrs F Brown     DT Technician 
Miss J Kendall     Teacher of Design Technology
Mr P McCaul Teacher of Design Technology
Mr T Miller    Headteacher
Mr P Nutting Teacher of Design Technology
Mrs D Ridges DT Technician
Mr G Scott DT Technician

Introduction to the Department

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.

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.

Key Stage 5 Information

The assessment structure is explained below. The course has a practical focus, with much of the lesson time spent completing practical work, designing, testing and investigating different products. This is supported by the in-depth theory work completed both in class and in students own time.



Assessment type

What is assessed

How its assessed

Type of question

Paper 1

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

Written exam: 2 hour 100 marks

25% of A Level

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Paper 2

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

Written exam: 2 hours

25% of A Level

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.


Non-examination Assessment

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge

Substantial design and make task

45 hours

100 marks

50% of A Level

Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype

Course requirements

Students wishing to study Product Design will ideally have a grade 5 in GCSE Textiles or Art, English and Science. If students have not completed a Textiles or Art GCSE it may still be possible for them to take the A level if they are prepared to complete some summer work before the start of the course. An enjoyment of fashion and interest in textiles and clothing is a key element. As 50% of the course is portfolio-based students need to be self-motivated and manage their time effectively. Students need to be able to think laterally and apply their knowledge in new situations.


Students who have completed this course in the past have enjoyed trip to The Clothes Show and the Victoria and Albert Museum to investigate fashion and trends in the current time and through the ages.