D&T: Textiles

This is an ideal A Level for students interested in textiles and fashion, as it allows creativity and flexibility in designing, knowledge of fashion history and working with a wide range of textiles, modern fabrics, colour and patterns.

Entry Requirements

6 in GCSE design & technology, OR B in GCSE textiles

If neither subject has been taken at GCSE then a student may still be considered depending on their academic achievements elsewhere after an interview with the head of creative design


Work will be assessed through coursework and examinations. Coursework continues throughout the course


Textiles can lead to careers in all areas of design, including product, graphic, fashion, interior, stage, theatre as well as advertising, illustration, architecture, all types of engineering, and town planning. Textiles is not primarily a vocational subject, but encourages an awareness and understanding of economic, political, social, aesthetic, cultural, health and environmental factors. In addition it can support careers in the allied subjects of science and art.

 The skills enhanced in this process are similar to those of product design and include planning, analysing data and concepts, application of scientific  principles – or textile science – and evaluating. Additionally, ICT forms a major part of coursework – focusing on CAD/CAM. These skills are likely to be of great benefit to further studies in personal and work life.

  • Builds on GCSE D&T textiles and product design
  • Extends textile knowledge and skills
  • Looks at fashion and design history
  • Can be taken by students wishing to follow a career in design or technological areas, as well as by students who have enjoyed their previous experiences in this area.

Students broaden their vision of design through trips to The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales as well as the Design Museum in London, The Clothes Show, The Costume Museum and IKEA.

Students regularly take part in competitions including those run by the BBC and The Clothes Show. There is also an opportunity for students to work with major companies.