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Head of Faculty: L.Fozard[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”791″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”img-max”][vc_column_text]View examples of students’ work in our Visual Arts Gallery  HERE[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

We aim to provide and portray a lively, challenging and happy environment in which students can learn and explore, where students are encouraged to break new boundaries in terms of their own personal development.  The department encourages diversity and celebrates other cultures.  Most of the teaching is initially group based but emphasis is placed on weekly one-to-one discussion with staff, allowing us to give pertinent direction and guidance in the use of media and resources.

Students will learn how to convey and interpret ideas, feelings and meanings into their Textile Design work, recording experiences and observations mainly in visual form. Students will explore, discuss and evaluate images, objects and artefacts and use their understanding to develop and realise the full potential of their ideas through Textile Design work. Students will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of Textile such as visits to Art Galleries, Museums and Exhibitions. All work will be assessed against the AQA Art and Design (Textile Design) Criteria.


During the two year course, students will learn how to convey and interpret ideas, feelings and observations into textile work, recording experiences, mainly in visual form. They will also develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources, alongside studying the work of historical and contemporary textile and art practitioners. We like to take students out of their comfort zones to discover new experiences, whilst at the same time guiding and supporting. Part of the course involves exploring ideas, discussing and evaluating images, using understanding to develop and realise potential through textile work. We also encourage students to participate in all aspects of Textiles such as combined visits to galleries, museums and exhibitions.


Students produce a portfolio of work for coursework in Component 1 which is a Personal Investigation, while Component 2 is an externally set assignment.

The elements are worth 60% and 40% of the total grade. A 1000-3000 word essay will form part of Component 1. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.


5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and English. Entry subject to portfolio review.

WHY STUDY textiles?

The personal attributes and skills developed whilst studying Textiles are vast. As students explore unfamiliar techniques and materials, they develop the tenacity required to problem solve at higher levels. The intricate hand eye coordination and flair for design and experimentation with fabric and with numerous materials demonstrates dexterity and adaptability – as well as an eye for detail. Analysing and researching the work of other practitioners helps students develop lifelong skills that are transferable into any career path.

Financial Information

All students will be required to work in sketch books or study sheets which they can purchase themselves or through college.  Prices vary depending on size on quantity of pages/sheets.  Some additional cost may be incurred through the use of specialist materials or where a student brings in their own materials.  There will be several trips throughout the year which will incur travel and insurance costs, and although the students are encouraged to attend they are optional.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

Future Opportunities

Textile Design has a huge array of job opportunities through media, fashion, product design, interior design, buying and marketing, graphic design, advertising, retail display and fabric design.

Further Information

For Art/Design/Textiles in particular it is useful to have an awareness of and an interest in current designers and design trends. Creative individuals with patience and flair tend to be most successful. An ability to communicate through a variety of media in an individual and original style is important, as is the knowledge of where to obtain inspiration and resources for projects.

Study at A2 demands a great deal of time spent working in addition to the weekly lessons and homework, this must be taken into consideration when choosing this subject.