Textile Design

Mrs E Wallis BA Leeds, PGCE (Head of Department)

Examination body: AQA

This popular A Level will allow you to focus on a particular specialism, working flexibly in a range of media including garment making, fabric construction/manipulation, and embellishment and print work. There is an expectation that you will have access to a camera and be responsible for the printing and purchase of materials for your independent work.

The department offers an open-door policy for Sixth Form pupils, which means that you can access the photography facilities at any time during the school week.

The course is enhanced by various opportunities to enter school competitions, undertake gallery visits locally and nationally, and in October 2017 there is the opportunity to visit New York.  You will be expected to contribute to regular displays within school.

Entry Requirements

  • Standard Sixth Form entry requirement 
  • Grade C GCSE Art
  • Pupils without GCSE Art will be required to show a small portfolio of selected work which they have undertaken independently, or complete a summer project for submission post GCSE results.

Delivery and assessment

Since the first examination in 2016, this course is no longer a modular A Level course. The AS and A2 course has now been decoupled into two standalone linear courses; AS will no longer contribute to the A Level and all assessment for either AS or A Level is submitted at the end of the two-year course.

Component 1: Personal investigation (60% of A Level marks)

Component 2: Externally set assignment - choice of starting points (40% of A Level marks).