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Textiles A Level at Dereham Sixth Form College

Course description

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. Textile design and fabrication is a huge and exciting field and one in which Britain is a world leader.

Studying Textiles at A Level, along with other Art and Design A levels or alongside complementary but more traditional academic subjects, can lead to a wide range of exciting degree courses and ultimately a career in the creative industries. Textile graduates can go on to work in the world of Fashion, Textile Design, Interior Design, the Theatre Arts, Museums and many others.

During the course students will be encouraged to explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which are integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions

Course content

Students will be able to choose to work in one or more area(s) of Textile Design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• Fashion and/or costume

• Printed and/or dyed materials

• Domestic textiles

• Constructed and/or applied textiles

• Constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles.

They will be required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Textile Design and show direct engagement with original work and practice. They will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

Year 1 – Component One Workshop activities followed by a themed project based mainly on taught elements and developing ideas.

Year 2 Component One (continued) - Personal investigation. A practical unit of work with a written investigation between 1000 and 3000 words. Component 2 Controlled assignment – preparation and final piece.

A 15 hour supervised period in which students are expected to fully realise their ideas.

Entry requirements

Minimum BCCCC including B in GCSE Art or Textiles.


There are two Components of work over the two years. Both Components are centre-assessed and moderated by AQA. Students will be expected to demonstrate a response to all of the assessment objectives. The assessment objectives for both components are the same.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dereham Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years