A Level Design & Textiles Tutors

If you are considering studying A level design & textiles, the Profs explore the syllabus, requirements and options for further study.

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What is A level design & textiles?

The syllabus usually centres around the scientific and artistic nature of fabrics and fibres alongside the ways in which they can be crafted into a varied range of garments. It is both practical and theoretically-based meaning that students will learn the basics of design, manufacture, fabric science and so forth before being able to showcase their individual creativity by crafting their own garments.

This is an ideal course for anyone looking to go into the fashion, dressmaking or design industry.

What is covered?

The syllabus commonly focuses on key aspects of textile and clothing design. The includes the science behind fabric fibres – natural, man-made, woven, knitted and others – and the means by which they can be turned into garments used for different functions, for example, fitness wear, formal wear and so forth. Modern manufacturing methods are studied, together with various commercial approaches and the use of pattern and colour in mass-market products.

The course is also very much centred around creativity and artistic elements designed to improve the flair of the students and allow them to explore their own ideas when it comes to clothing design. With theoretical and practical assessments, the syllabus aims to give students the opportunity to use their knowledge and imagination in equal measure in order to create products of their own.

Practical elements such as clothing care, machine work and the environmental aspects of textile consumption are also commonly covered.

What GCSEs do I need?

In general terms, students aiming to study A level design & textiles will be required to have 4 or more GCSE level 3’s as an entry requirement. One of these should be in English. It will also be helpful for students to have some form of art, technology or design-based GCSE in order to make it onto the course. Prior knowledge of the fashion and manufacturing industry may be a bonus but is not a necessity.

What can I do with an A level design & textiles qualification?

Studying A level design & textiles can be a stepping stone into many design and fashion-based industries. The most obvious sectors are within the fashion industry itself including the textile technologist arena in which you can produce and study new and existing fabrics for fashion and beyond. However, your qualification could also serve you well in an interior design role as well as in retail, as a personal stylist, teaching design and within visual merchandising. Whilst this may appear to be a relatively niche qualification, the potential career options afterwards may be broader than you think and give you a point of entry into a number of industries.

How else can I improve my chances of a career in the industry?

As with all industries, going above and beyond to enhance your skills and experience is always looked upon favourably by potential employers. Work experience in a factory or fashion outlet will give you experience of the fashion industry – from the manufacturing to the retailing stage. You can also begin to create your own portfolio through private commissions or simply by making your own garments in your spare time.

Visiting fashion shows, following designers/fashion houses on social media and exhibiting your work at local community events and beyond may give you networking opportunities and a chance to have your work showcased and spotted in the future.

If you are interested in studying A level design & textiles and feel that you may benefit from some help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the friendly team at The Profs discuss your specific requirements.

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