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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art & Design - Textiles

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Our Textiles course is flexible and stimulates creativity, offering a high degree of choice and a range of different media, processes and techniques. Our course gives students the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work that they can show to prospective employers or use to help secure a place in higher education.


In the sixth form we follow the AQA Textiles specification. This is a broad –based course introducing students to a variety of experiences using a range of media, processes and techniques, for example:

fashion design

fashion textiles

costume design

digital textiles

printed and/or dyed fabric and materials

domestic textiles and wallpaper

interior design

constructed textiles

art textiles

installed textiles.

At A level, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained, with greater depth of study.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1 is a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1000-3000 words (60% of final grade).

Component 2 is an externally set assignment; candidates are given a question paper containing 8 starting points from which they choose one. Students are then required to develop a project around their chosen theme. 15 hours of unaided, supervised work completes this unit of work. (40% of final grade)

Entry requirements

GCSE Design grade 5 or background in relevant Art/Engineering/Design subjects and GCSE Maths grade 5.

Your next steps...

An A Level in Textile Design could be the start of a career in fashion design, textile design, surface pattern and even fashion buying and merchandising.

You will be able to progress to university to an Art-related degree course through the pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. This could lead to either an art and design-related career or teaching.


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