Key Stage 5

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


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.


Component 1: Personal Investigation – Practical unit, chosen by the student to include a separate written essay (1000 -3000 words). There is no time limit for this component and forming 60% of the A Level grade. It is set and marked in school and moderated by AQA visit.
Component 2: Externally set assignment – Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time, forming 40% of A Level. It is set by AQA, marked in school and moderated by AQA visit.

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, careers in textile, fashion design, interior and fashion marketing; working as a self-employed designer/maker, textile assistant, freelance designer or in trend forecasting. This course will give you/students the opportunity to build a broad portfolio and can be used as the basis 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.