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Textiles A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is divided into coursework and an examination. During the first year you will be introduced to a wide range of textile skills, techniques and artists to develop ideas and generate personal final pieces. This will include knitting, weaving, batik, polyfusion, applique, collage, mixed-media, stitch and print. To support developing ideas, you will research into a wide-range of textile artists, designers and craft artists to understand their work and use of visual language.

In the second year as the course progresses, you will have the opportunity to work more independently and on a personal level, to develop your creativity, understanding and practical skills.

The exam in AS and A2 is a theme set by the examination board which you will respond to individually. This involves creating your own response and a final piece in timed conditions.

Throughout the course you will learn how to increase your ability to explain and articulate the thinking behind your ideas through written notes and group discussions.

Course content

A Level (year two)

Unit Three: Coursework

The second year of this qualification allows you to build upon your skills through your own choice of project. Alongside your practical work you will also produce a written Personal Study based on your own research into the work of other textile artists.

Unit Four: Externally Set Assignment

This is a self-contained practical project which involves a personal response to an externally set theme. This culminates in an extended, timed practical examination (12 hours).

Entry requirements

  • At least a grade C in GCSE Art and Design or a Merit grade from a Level 2 Art qualification.
  • You will also need to be committed, enthusiastic and motivated. An open mind and a willingness to experiment and be creative are also essential.


Your sketchbook and portfolio of work will provide the evidence you need to pass the course.  This must be supported by written explanations, statements about your work and connections you have made with other artists work.

Future opportunities

  • Successful completion of the A2 course could lead to an Art Foundation Course, direct entry into a University course, apprenticeships or employment.

Further information

Students who have a strong interest in the uses of fabrics, pattern, papers, plastics, surfaces, textures, shape, colour  and want to expand their knowledge and skills in textile techniques.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years