Textiles A Level
This A Level is included within the Creative Studies A Level pathways as a Recommended Core subject. It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Design and Media; Medical Health. However, you can take Textiles and Fashion with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
This practical course is varied, exciting, and demanding. It is designed to encourage you to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence. You will explore, experiment and acquire skills in a range of areas including garment/fashion/costume, accessories, interiors/soft furnishings, printed/dyed textiles, fine art textiles and digital textiles.
You will be able to access many techniques during the course including fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing, sublimation/transfer printing, fabric construction, embroidery, stitching, applique, patchwork, quilting, weaving, knitting/crochet, and mixed-media applications.
Year One is dedicated to skills development and working to design briefs. Year Two then includes a personal investigation with supported study and an externally set task.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
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Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and preferably an Art/DT subject OR an art portfolio which demonstrates your interest in the creative subjects.
Future career and study opportunities
This course will enable you to progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 &4), HND Textiles (Level 4/5), and/or a degree in any art and design specialism. This pathway can also lead you to many careers in the creative industries including costume design, fashion journalism, styling, interior design, art therapy, buying/retail, colourist, textile technologist, conservator, curation, embroidery and artist/maker.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but offers other activities to help you develop employability skills, including live client briefs, competitions, exhibitions, visiting speakers and much more. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
You will need to bring a small kit of textiles and art materials to each lesson (kit lists will be sent to you prior to starting the course). A contribution towards other materials will also be needed and you will be expected to attend trips to museums and galleries as part of the course. Costs are kept to a minimum but if you are experiencing financial hardship, you can apply for equipment grants via student services.