A Level Textiles Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

This highly practical course will be exciting, varied and demanding; using a variety of media, processes and equipment in order to explore and experiment with textile design and surface pattern. You will explore a variety of textile techniques and artists including Print; sublimation, relief and silk screening. Embroidery; applique, free motion embroidery, hand embroidery and felt making and Constructed textiles; weaving to name but a few.

Topics in Year One include: Produce work based on other artists, themes and learn new skills with media, materials, techniques and processes

Topics in Year Two include: Produce a personal response to a set brief; Personal Written Response; Externally set task.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/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.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and preferably an Art subject OR an art portfolio.

Where next?

This subject can help you to get into a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, HND Textiles, and a degree in any art and design specialism. It can also lead you into a range of careers, including history of art, conservation, graphic design, packaging design, textile and fashion design, illustration, fine art, animation, photography, interior design, costume design etc..

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills; for example: live client briefs, competitions, exhibitions, visiting speakers etc. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help you.

What additional resources will I need?

There are excellent studio facilities for drawing and painting with regular access to life models, animation, graphic design, illustration, product design, laser cutting and technology room, print and weave, textiles and fashion, art history and photography including darkroom and digital suites. You will be asked to contribute £40 towards additional studio costs. Students are also required to have a small art kit.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: kate.gale@newcollege.ac.uk


For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk