A Level Programme

Textiles A Level

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About this course

The course is designed to introduce you to a range of media materials and processes and will allow you to develop a range of skills in the manipulation and exploration of print, pattern, fabric and textile techniques based on initial drawing and research into historical and contemporary artists and designers.

What will I learn?

During the course you will:

  • Develop your drawing and designing skills
  • Research contextual sources of historical and contemporary textile, fashion, art & design
  • Explore a range of textile techniques and processes through a variety of media to produce your own body of work
  • Visit galleries and exhibitions to inspire and inform your ideas.

Units will include:

  • Coursework Portfolio - materials and techniques for producing final outcomes such as clothing fashion and /or interior accessories
  • Externally Set Assignment - practical project that focuses on ideas from a choice of 5 questions set by the exam board. Work produced over a number of weeks in the Spring term and includes a 5 hour period of 'supervised time'
  • Personal Investigation - allows you to explore a personal response to a textiles/fashion theme and is supported by sketchbook work and a written piece of work of 1000-3000 words
  • Externally Set Assignment - practical project which focuses on working more independently, choosing from a choice of 8 questions set by the exam board. Work produced over a number of weeks in the Spring term and includes a 15 hour period of supervised time in which you produce a finished piece or pieces of work.

How will I be assessed?

Work is assessed in through coursework and examination.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

Specific Requirements

  • Art (or Textiles) at grade C

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - degree courses in textile design, fashion design, surface pattern design, costume design
  • Careers - interior designer, textiles designer, accessory designer, fashion designer, fashion retail and merchandising, teacher

Additional Information

All student development is supported by on going one-to-one feedback, self and peer assessment. We suggest you bring a basic art/textiles kit to include pencils, sketchbooks, scissors etc. An equipment list will be given at Induction. Textiles combine well with Communication & Culture, Art, English Language & Literature and Media Studies.