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Art- Textiles A Level at Sawtry Village Academy

Course description

This course is particularly suitable for students who enjoy drawing, painting, print making, constructing, modelling, fabricating, making, investigating, materials, techniques and tools, inventing, improvising, planning and designing and using historical and contemporary influences and references.


The course not only provides students with a wide range of textile related skills and techniques but encourages them to be creative and generate an extensive portfolio of work. This portfolio is invaluable for students wishing to apply for further creative studies.


AS Unit 1

Personal Creative Enquiry Non-exam Assessment 40% of qualification

An extended, exploratory project or portfolio based on themes and subjects which are personal and meaningful to the learner. Includes critical, practical and theoretical work.


A2 Unit 2

Personal Investigation Non-exam Assessment 36% of qualification, with two parts:

1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project or portfolio based on themes and subject matter with personal significance.

2. An extended written element of 1000 words, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work.


A2 Unit 3

Externally Set Assignment Non-exam Assessment worth 24% of qualification

This consists of two parts:


1: Support studies/preparatory work

A series of visual and written stimuli are presented and the student selects one to use as a starting point to elicit a personal response. Responses take the form of critical, practical and theoretical preparatory work and supporting studies.


2: 15 hour period of sustained focus work

A supervised session for the student to complete their response to the previous stage. 

Entry requirements

Average points score of 38+ and at least grade C in GCSE English and/ or maths.


It is suited to anyone who has an interest in a creative subject that allows them to express themselves visually.

Future opportunities

The course could initially lead to further creative studies, such as an Art foundation course or to a range of university courses offering specialism in areas such as constructed textiles, printed textiles or embroidery.  Students can also progress onto fashion based courses or costume design. Art Textiles would be a useful subject for anyone considering a career in the design sector, for roles such as fashion design, textile design, shoe design, costume design, jewellery design, advertising, exhibition work, interior design or teaching.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sawtry Village Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September