The core content is to be studied by all learners, irrespective of their choice of endorsed area.

  1. The impact of new and emerging technologies
  2. How the critical evaluation of new and emerging technologies informs design decisions
  3. How energy is generated and stored
  4. Developments in modern and smart materials
  5. The ecological and social footprint of materials and components
  6. Investigate and analyse the work of past and present professionals

Candidates can opt to study a course in one of three endorsed focus areas.

Fashion and Textiles

This endorsed area involves the following areas of study:

  1. Natural, synthetic, blended and mixed fibre.
  2. Woven and non-woven, and technical textiles.
  3. Thermoforming and thermosetting polymers.
  4. Modern and smart materials.
  5. The sources, origins, physical and working properties of materials, components and system.
  6. The way in which the selection of materials or components can influence design.
  7. Stock forms, types and sizes.
  8. Alternative processes.
  9. Specialist techniques and processes.
  10. Appropriate surface treatments and finishes.