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Textile Design AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a mixed media course and students may study any aspect of Textiles and may make either 2D or 3D items. The specification studied is the AQA Art & Design: Textile Design.  It may be taken alongside Fine Art, Graphics, Photography or History of Art if students wish to study a creative arts-focused timetable.

Course content

The course is taught by specialist practitioners with additional specialists brought in for specific projects. All practical sessions are supported by demonstrations, a theoretical background and critical studies. Advanced Subsidiary [AS]

The AS is studied in the first year. It forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full A-Level. AS can be taken as a stand alone specification or as part of the full A-Level course.

The assessment of the AS is divided into two units.

  • Unit One: Coursework Portfolio
    60% of AS level
  • Unit Two: Controlled Assignment
    40% of AS Level

Students will spend the first term and a half exploring a variety of textile techniques such as applique, print making, felt making and machine embroidery. During the exam students will have the opportunity to begin to further develop skills in their own chosen areas.

Advanced Level [A2]

During the second year of study the assessment for the full A level is divided into two units.

  • Unit One: Personal Investigation
    60% of full A Level
  • Unit Two: Controlled Assignment
    40% of full A Level

In the second year students will choose their own areas of study and will set their own design briefs. The work is much more independent with advice and guidance from the staff.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Textiles or Art is desirable.
  • You will be asked to do a small assignment before starting the course. This must be completed before enrolment.


All units will be marked internally by the Creative Arts team and will be moderated by the exam board.

Financial information

Students are expected to pay towards all visits.  They are also expected to provide or pay for all materials used for finished items. Every student is expected to have their own basic equipment (which may be purchased from the college). Financial assistance is available if needed.

Future opportunities

This subject provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to Further or Higher Education as well as being a useful background for any career in this field.  These include: designer, buyer, pattern cutter, marketing, advertising, journalism, manufacture management in the Fashion or Textile industry, costume for theatre/TV, furniture, conservation and restoration and Interior Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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