Introduction

Why choose AQA for AS Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles

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 prototypes 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.

We’re confident you’ll find this specification clear and easy to use, as a number of teachers and assessment experts have helped us to produce it.

We’ve structured the content so that you can co-teach AS and A-level Design and Technology students, allowing for maximum flexibility in lesson timetabling and teaching resources.

You can find out about all our Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles qualifications at aqa.org.uk/designandtechnology

Support and resources to help you teach

We’ve worked with experienced teachers to provide you with a range of resources that will help you confidently plan, teach and prepare for exams.

Teaching resources

Visit aqa.org.uk/7561 to see all our teaching resources. They include:

  • teaching guidance and lesson plans to help you deliver this specification
  • non-exam assessment example materials and a dedicated subject adviser for every school or college to help you understand our expectations for this part of the assessment
  • sample schemes of work to help you plan your course with confidence
  • textbooks tailored to our specification and approved by AQA
  • training courses to help you deliver AQA Design and Technology qualifications for all teachers, from newly qualified teachers who are just getting started to experienced teachers looking for fresh inspiration.

Preparing for exams

Visit aqa.org.uk/7561 for everything you need to prepare for our exams, including:

  • past papers, mark schemes and examiners’ reports
  • specimen papers and mark schemes for new courses
  • Exampro: a searchable bank of past AQA exam questions
  • example student answers with examiner commentaries.

Analyse your students' results with Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA)

Find out which questions were the most challenging, how the results compare to previous years and where your students need to improve. ERA, our free online results analysis tool, will help you see where to focus your teaching. Register at aqa.org.uk/era

For information about results, including maintaining standards over time, grade boundaries and our post-results services, visit aqa.org.uk/results

Keep your skills up-to-date with professional development

Wherever you are in your career, there’s always something new to learn. As well as subject specific training, we offer a range of courses to help boost your skills.

  • Improve your teaching skills in areas including differentiation, teaching literacy and meeting Ofsted requirements.
  • Prepare for a new role with our leadership and management courses.

You can attend a course at venues around the country, in your school or online – whatever suits your needs and availability. Find out more at coursesandevents.aqa.org.uk

Help and support

Visit our website for information, guidance, support and resources at aqa.org.uk/7561

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