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:
printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
domestic textiles and wallpaper
At A level, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained, with greater depth of study.
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)
GCSE Design grade 5 or background in relevant Art/Engineering/Design subjects and GCSE Maths grade 5.
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.