D&T A Level Curriculum:  Product Design & F&T

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A level textiles

Maximising Results in A Level D&T Fashion & Textiles

There are currently no dates planned for this course.

What are the course objectives?

  • To create students who are engaged & who take more responsibility for their learning.
  • To recommend key priorities for knowledge & understanding.
  • To develop strategies that embed learning, along with developing higher order thinking strategies that help students maximise their grades.
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What is this course about?

  • A basic comparison of the A level D&T Fashion & Textiles qualifications on offer, along with tips on how to structure a 2 year course. 
  • General curriculum planning tips to create a coherent KS3, 4 & 5 learning journey which helps students transition to A level. 
  • This course considers the specifications from all exam boards from the perspective of teaching & learning with tips & ideas on making learning in more interesting & active in order to engage students. 
  • Strategies for getting students to work more independently & to ‘think like an A level student’, along with techniques that help students transition from GCSE to A level. 
  • Strategies for exam success, along with methods for embedding these across the 2 year course. In particular, the course will focus on deeper learning strategies rather students relying on last minute revision cramming. 
  • In particular, the course will focus on the use of evidence based concepts such as spaced & deliberate practice, along with how various taxonomies might be used to develop deeper learning. 
  • Although the course doesn’t cover theory in depth, key knowledge content will be used as a way to illustrate points made during the day.
  • The day will encourage delegates to think differently about how they approach the A level & to challenge & reflect on how they currently do things. There will be a range of activities that will help delegates find solutions that will work in their classroom immediately, along with resources that support longer term planning. 
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Who’s the course for?

  • Anyone delivering the D&T A level in Fashion & Textiles, including those new to teaching A level, as well as more experienced teachers looking for reassurance & support.
  • Relevant to all exam boards.
  • Teachers thinking about curriculum planning generally especially those who want effective strategies for embedding learning.
  • Departments wanting effective revision strategies that make revision more manageable and which avoid ‘cramming’. 
  • Some content will also be relevant to other D&T A levels e.g. deeper thinking strategies.
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What resources do I get on the course?

The day includes resources worth more than £100. Examples of some of the resources included with the day are:

  • An extensive resource pack to support the day itself, much of which can be used immediately back in the classroom. The resource pack also supports curriculum planning over a longer period. 
  • Curriculum mapping resource that supports a department to map their D&T curriculum to create a KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum that naturally flows and supports student progression. 
  • L technical textiles 9946A materials pack on smart, modern and technical textiles materials
  • A copy of The A Level Mindset book by Steve Oaks & Martin Griffin. This books supports our approach to teaching and learning and to supporting students with developing a positive approach to learning. 
  • A set of Emtex technical textiles posters
  • Note that resources may be changed at any time without notification due to availability but any resource will be replaced with an alternative resource.
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What doesn’t this course include?

These points might help you identify if this is the best course to meet your needs:

  • Some reference will be made to the AS qualification but the main focus will be on the full A level.
  • The content doesn’t focus on one board, nor will it cover any particular theory areas in depth. Delegates looking for detailed & specific advice on elements of a particular exam board are advised to attend a course run by their chosen exam board. 
  • As the course targets all exam boards it doesn’t include a traditional scheme of learning, although some guidance will be given. 
  • Exam questions will be considered but the course will not include extensive use of these, nor delegates take part in extensive marking practice exercises. Instead the focus is on longer term teaching & learning strategies that better develop exam technique. 
  • There will be limited reference to the NEA although links between the exam & NEA will be made.

What’s different about our course? Why should your school release you?

  • This is one of our VIP Bespoke courses. These courses offer delegates our most bespoke and specialised experience. Numbers are restricted to a maximum of 10 delegates in order to provide a more personalised experience for each individual attending. These courses also have the greatest depth of content with extensive supporting resources worth up to £100. 
  • Resources delegates take away can be used straight away in the classroom, along with other resources that support the development of long term curriculum planning. 
  • Our courses are known for their focus on real solutions for real classrooms with practical applications that really work and which don’t increase workload. 
  • Our approach is based on current educational research with specific strategies on how to make this work within D&T.
  • Content is delivered by Paul & Julie Boyd who between them have over 50 years experience in D&T education, including at senior leadership level, as well as 20 years experience in industry. 
  • Delegates go away with a coaching action plan which helps them embed change over the next year.
  • Follow up email support is available after courses to help ensure delegates can apply their learning. 
  • Click here for more information on what makes our courses different to those of other trainers, along with tips on persuading your school to release you
  • For more information about this course email: julie@julieboyd.co.uk 
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What delegates say about this course

Really enjoyed the day. I feel confident now about student led learning and it has given me many tools to help teach the specification better.

Very useful and manageable tips that I can easily include in lessons

I feel much more confident about starting to teach A level textiles. Good range of resources given. 

Useful tips for getting pupils to understand & break down exam questions.

Fab day, exceeded my expectations. There wasn’t anything that wasn’t useful, either to introduce something new or to reinforce my current practice.

Fantastic information - lots of examples of classroom strategies

Great activities to engage students - the day has been an inspiration.

Excellent range of resources & excellent organisation. I will be using the information and resources in my teaching straight away.

Valuable ideas & strategies that can be easily applied to engage students. 

Practical examples to use straight away. Excellent content with clear & concise delivery that was motivating.

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Maximising Results in D&T Product Design A Level  

There are currently no dates planned for this course. 

  • This course provides an introduction to Product Design A Level (references are made to AS but the main focus is on A level).
  • The course is not aimed at any one exam board but will cover key elements across all boards. 
  • The course is suitable for anyone but is particularly relevant to teachers new to teaching A level.
  • Brief overview of the specifications and how to choose a course that best suits your students.
  • The main focus of the course is on strategies to structure and manage the course, including curriculum planning and organisation, along with key priorities. The course will not cover any one particular theory area in depth but will look at key content as a way of illustrating points being made during the day.
  • There will be tips & ideas on making learning more interesting and active in order to engage students. The day will also include ideas on how to get students to work more independently and how to encourage students to ‘ think like an A  level student’.
  • Strategies for exam success will be considered along with methods of embedding these across the course. Note the course will not include extensive use of exam questions when looking at exam technique but will instead focus on longer term teaching and learning strategies that help build success in this area.
  • The course includes references to the non exam assessment but these are limited as the main focus is on curriculum planning. 
  • Note the course doesn’t provide a ‘one size fits all’ curriculum plan or scheme of learning because every school is different in their approach to A level. It provides a range of tools and resources to enable participants to create a personalised curriculum plan. 
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Preparing to Teach the D&T AS & A Levels 

There are currently no dates planned for this course. 


  • choosing an A level specification
  • adapting and developing current schemes of learning
  • curriculum models
  • the transition from GCSE to A level and developing an A level mindset in students
  • teaching strategies and ideas that maximise learning
  • developing higher level thinking skills and exam technique to maximise success
  • developing independent learning approaches to the non-examined assessment


This course supports D&T departments who are setting up A level courses in their department.  This course will be relevant to all teachers of Product Design and Fashion and Textiles across all exam boards. 

Note this course is not the same as others on this page but there may be similar content in some sections so check with us if you have been on a previous A level course to make sure the course meets your needs. 

What delegates say about this course

I found this course really inspiring. Paul and Julie really know their stuff and had obviously done a great deal of careful preparation for the course. It was well thought out, clearly structured and I came away with a much clearer picture of which exam board spec I am going to do. I was floundering a bit before the course but went away reinvigorated and enthused. 

Very useful, this is the only CPD I’ve attended where actual visible strategies have been shown that we can take and adapt. 

Very well organised, relevant and useful & something that will impact on my future practice. 

Being shown examples of higher level thinking and different exam techniques for A level is very useful as was the variety of resources that I can take away and use in lessons. 

This will really help with the planning for next term. Good comparison and other activities. Great info on smart materials. 

This has made me embrace opportunity and change. 

It’s been so good it been like being on a holiday!! Lots of time to think and talk without the pressure of school.

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