A Level Textiles

“You will be introduced to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of Art as well as Textile media and techniques.”


A Level

Awarding Body


Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to the Art Department

Years taught

Year 12 and Year 13

What is the course structure?

It is a 2 year linear course that consists of two components, a personal investigation based upon a theme chosen by students, and an externally set assignment which is a personal response to a chosen question set by AQA.


Your work should include a range of fashion or textile outcomes supported by creative sketchbooks showing your sustained and innovative research, development and experimentation.

What will I study?

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of Art as well as Textile media and techniques.


You will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources as well as inspirational designers, artists and craftspeople to demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.


You will develop your work within the four Assessment Objectives; development of ideas, experimentation, recording your insights and producing a personal and meaningful response in the form of a final outcome.


You will explore drawing using a variety of methods and mixed media. You will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:


  • An awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and repetition.

  • An appreciation of the relationship of form and function and the constraints of working to a brief.

  • An understanding of a variety of Textile methods, such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery)


You will be expected to demonstrate an overarching knowledge, understanding and skills and can choose from the following areas of study:


  • fashion design

  • fashion textiles

  • costume design

  • digital textiles

  • printed and/or dyed fabric and materials

  • domestic textiles and wallpaper

  • interior design

  • constructed textiles

  • art textiles

  • installed textiles


Component 1: Personal investigation


Learners are required to conduct an investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the learner and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the learner's ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the learner's ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. Learner's work must be supported by written material to confirm understanding of creative decisions.


Component 2: Externally set assignment


Personal response to a question set by AQA. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Learner are required to select one. Learners will have a Preparatory period following receipt of the paper. Learners should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes. Following the preparatory period, learners must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The course emphasis is on learning by doing and allows learners to develop their creativity and independent thought. Due to the personal aspect of the course learners, are expected to be self-motivated and carry out work outside of lessons.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed firstly by subject teachers; this is then moderated by an external examiner at the end of the academic year.


Personal investigation: 60%
Externally set assignment: 40%

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