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A practical syllabus, the course examines the scientific, creative and artistic aspects of design and textiles, with plenty of opportunities for learners to apply what they have learnt by demonstrating their investigative, creative, and practical skills. Through the study of fibres and fabrics, learners find out about basic design, contemporary fashion, clothing manufacture and the use of commercial patterns to make a variety of garments.
Learners go on to explore textile applications and technology, looking at issues such as fitness for purpose, creative techniques, the application of colour, and environmental impact. They also study the making and finishing of textile products, the care of clothing, and the use and care of a sewing machine.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We are changing the availability of Cambridge International AS & A Level Design & Textiles (9631) to Administrative Zone 4 only. The last examination series for this syllabus, outside of Administrative Zone 4, will be November 2017. You may be interested in Cambridge International AS & A Level Art & Design (9479) as a possible alternative.
We are withdrawing Cambridge International AS and A Level Design and Textiles (9631). The last examination for this subject will be November 2023 (there is no option for candidates to resit after this date). We communicated this decision to schools in August 2021.
You may be interested in Cambridge International AS and A Level Design & Technology (9705) or Cambridge International AS & A Level Art & Design (9479) as a possible alternative.
From 2020, we have made some changes to the wording and layout of the front covers of our question papers to reflect the new Cambridge International branding and to make instructions clearer for candidates - learn more.
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