Key Stage 4

Students study for the AQA GCSE in Art and Design, specialising in Textiles. The course is assessed through:

  • Controlled Assessment: 60% of final mark
  • Unit 1 Butterflies Year 10
  • Mock Exam
  • Unit 2 Self Portraits
  • Final Exam (10 hours)
  • Controlled Test: 40% of final mark
  • Students are given a choice of exam questions on which to base their work. They will have at least 8 weeks preparation time and 10 hours to complete the exam.

Course Outline:

For this subject students have the opportunity to study the following areas:-

Dyes and Printed Textiles:

  • Batik, shibori, lino printing, transfer dyes, block printing, stencil printing, sublimation printing etc…
  • Stitched & Constructed Textiles:
  • Appliqué, quilting, patchwork, stitching (hand and machine), weaving, embroidery, embellishment and felting.

The area of textiles is very wide and it is hoped that students will adopt an investigative and independent approach to their work. Students will need to attend Textile flexi sessions in Year 10 and Year 11.

There are two major pieces of coursework which need to be submitted for this examination. A coursework unit will demonstrate evidence of the working process, for example notes and sketches and the exploration of different ideas as well as the final product.

The final product may take any form, some examples may include: fashion accessories, printed t-shirts, cushions and hangings, umbrellas.
There is a practical exam but no theory paper. The exam paper is given out in advance as a requirement of the exam so that preparation work can be done under controlled conditions.

Key Stage 5

A-Level Art & Design – Textiles (2 year linear course)

Specific Grade Requirements: 5 A-C GCSE of which Art or Textiles must be at B or above.


Component 1: Personal Investigation – Practical unit, chosen by the student to include a separate written essay (1000 -3000 words). No time limit 60% of A Level. Set and marked in school moderated by AQA visit

Component 2: Externally set assignment – Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time, 40% of A Level. Set by AQA, marked in school, moderated by AQA visit

Course Content:

‘A’ Level Textiles is a stimulating two year course that mixes well with a range of other ‘A’ Level subjects and is of value even if students do not intend to make a career in Fashion or Interior design. The course is split into 2 components over two years. The ‘A’ Level syllabus builds on the skills and ideas developed in the GCSE course but expands the depth of visual understanding and technical skill.
Students are expected to explore and raise their technical skills to a very high standard while also experiencing new techniques, processes and ideas.

Students should also develop their critical and historical awareness of the arts and social/cultural influences on the Arts (i.e. keep annotated sketchbooks). In component 1 an annotated study of one to three thousand words is required. Much of the work is of a personal nature and requires students to think and act independently both in school and at home. During the course, students are expected to visit galleries as well as attending other Art Department trips.

Career Pathways

A good foundation for all careers in both Textiles and Arts industries, with further opportunities in areas such as Art College, further education or entry positions in the retail industry. A career in textile, fashion design, interior and fashion marketing. Or working as a self-employed designer/maker, textile assistant, freelance designer or trend forecasting. This course will give you/students the opportunity to build a broad portfolio. Basic for all careers in art teaching, e.g. graphics, fashion, textile design, 3D design, media work, marketing, display of product, film and TV, computer design, photography, new media.