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Level: A level Examination board: Edexcel Specification: A level 9TE0

Year 12 course outline

Textile design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics for different purposes.

Year 13 course outline

Students will develop a wide range of skills and create personal work responding to a range of artists, designers and educational visits. They will be encouraged to work independently while having clear guidance and support from the Art Department. The A Level course also includes an extended piece of writing of 1500 - 3000 words. 

Opportunities beyond the classroom

The school enters external competitions to give students the opportunity to have their work exhibited locally and nationally.

Students will be encouraged to partake in a range of trips to galleries and exhibitions to gain a greater understanding of Art in a wider context. These recording trips will help to develop their skills through drawing and photography. We try to work with artists and designers where possible both in school and out. We also encourage students to take part in an annual life drawing workshop. 

Course requirements (GCSE grades/interests)

GCSE Art - grades 9 - 6.

Students must have an interest in the visual world and have an open mind about how Art and Design can be interpreted through a textiles approach.



60% coursework – 40% ESA (Externally set assignment).


15 hour controlled assessment – practical exam.

Higher education courses linked to the subject

Many students take a one-year Art Foundation course or are offered a place on a creative degree course. These courses allow them to specialise in a specific subject area such a Fine art, Photography, Film and Television, interior design, Set Design or Fashion Design to name but a few.

Careers linked to the subject

Textiles designer, interior designer, fashion designer, print maker, jewellery designer, teacher, Fine artist, furniture conservator, make-up artist, production designer – film/television/theatre, costume designer, fabric technologist, curator, fashion buyer & retailer, gallery director, stylist, trend forecasting, illustrator, journalism, fashion stylist.

I have really enjoyed the wide range of opportunities in the Textiles A level course, from taking part in life drawing to print making and using the heat press, the course has allowed me to build a range of skills and develop my confidence. It has supported my interest in fashion, but has also encouraged me to think outside of this area, seeing Textiles in many other forms. Nicole

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mrs Rebecca Sandford