Fashion A-level to be introduced into 2017 curriculum
When A-levels first come to mind, some of us may be reminded of the difficult two years we were faced with – from constant revision to an intense school timetable. Over the past years, many new A-levels have been introduced to England’s curriculum, and this continues, as 2017 is set to be the year of the fashion A-level.
The creative industry continues to flourish, and a fashion A-level will be introduced for those who aspire to study and work in the field. Students will be able to study the historical works of Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Miuccia Prada and many more. The A-level will be an introduction of a creative subject that is a lot more academically challenging. Subjects that will be covered include the original use of the trench coat in World War II and the role of fashion in music and gender. The fashion A-level will be on the exam board AQA and it will replace the textiles A-level.
This replacement of textiles will not be a negative one, as well as practicing the production and design side of fashion, students will also be able to study the designers which they are inspired by.
Example questions that will be in the exam include: “Explain the advantages of using computers to aid design and manufacture of knitted fabric. (12 marks)” and “Explain how manufacturers can meet the requirements of rapid changes in consumer demand for fashion products. (5 marks)”
“The UK’s thriving fashion industry makes a huge contribution to the economy,” says AQA qualification developer, Ben Galvin, and the introduction of the fashion A-level will contribute to many more entering the fashion industry in the future.