Is it for me?

If you have an interest in textiles then this could be the course for you.

What will I be doing?

The course will give you the opportunity to develop your capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The subjects will enable you to take a broad view of design and technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively and making quality products.

How do I pass the course?

You need good attendance and punctuality as well as an ability to work independently. You will be motivated and organised as there are a lot of deadlines to meet. In the first year you will have two assessments. A two hour written paper on ‘Materials, components and application’ accounts for 25% of your total marks. The coursework and your design portfolio from topic 2, ‘Learning through designing and making’, accounts for another 25%. In year two a two hour written paper covers topic 3 and accounts for 25% of your marks. The coursework and your design portfolio from topic 4, accounts for the final 25% of your mark.

Where will it take me?

If you wish to continue in education then you could progress on to a foundation degree or a degree. This award is recognised by UCAS and so the points achieved by the end of the course can go towards gaining a place at university. Other people who have studied this course have gone on to work as a textile designer, working as an interior designer or in fashion merchandising and buying. The advertising and marketing profession always needs creative people as does manufacturing and teaching.

How do I get on the course?

If you have studied this subject before, then you will need to have achieved at least a C. For further information talk to your teachers or attend the Post-16 Open Evening.