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Textiles A Level at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College

Course description

The course has been designed to provide a broad view of how textiles can be used as a functional and decorative medium to produce surface pattern design. The course will enable students to appreciate the relationship between visual research methods, study textile artists’ work for inspiration, experiment practically with textiles techniques, and design and make practical outcomes. Art & Design Textiles combines the practical skills learnt during GCSE Design Technology Textiles with the creativity of Art.

You will be taught by an experienced teacher, who will provide individual advice, support and detailed verbal and written feedback throughout the course. Results in Art and Design Textiles are continually high, with all students passing the course. At Saints Peter and Paul the Textiles department incorporates a wide and varied range of approaches to the curriculum, which allows students to follow their individual preference to the subject, from fashion to interior design to surface pattern. The department is well equipped which enables students to design and make high quality textile products in a relaxing and stimulating environment.

Course content

At the beginning of the course all students follow a six week ‘basic skills’ program. Students are introduced to the sewing machine as a functional and decorative tool, experience how to colour and make surfaces through printing and dyeing fabrics and how to embellish the surface through embroidery techniques. Students present these samples in a sketchbook which they will refer to and add to during the course. The remainder of the course is devoted to the production of a large body of individually inspired sketchbook and practical work in response to each assessment objective for each component/unit of work.


There are two AQA courses available to students starting the Sixth Form in September 2017; a one year AS course and a full two year A level course which can be a continuation of the AS course or taken as a separate course.

The AS course is divided into two components:
Component 1 is a portfolio of work which will cover all four assessment objectives and is worth 60% of the course marks. This component will follow a broad inspirational theme; students will be required to research the theme making a visual collection of images, analysis of textile artists and develop design ideas through practical sample making. All of these elements of the component will contribute to the production of a textiles outcome.

Component 2 is an assignment set by the AQA Examination Board and is worth 40% of the AS level award. Students choose from five starting points and follow the same format as Component 1; research, analysis, sample making and production of an outcome within a 10 hour timed practical assessment.

The full A level course:

Component 1 is a ‘personal investigation’ in which each student selects a starting point which is of interest to them, this component is worth 60% of the marks. Students work independently through the assessment criteria. The direction of this work will be negotiated between student and staff members. This component is supported by a 1000-3000 word statement which explains and supports each stage of the assessment objectives.

Component 2 is an assignment set by the AQA Examination Board and is worth 40% of the A level award. Students choose from a selection of eight starting points, working through all the assessment objectives as in previous components. Students have a 15 hours timed practical assessment to make their concluding piece of work.

Future opportunities

An A level in Art & Design Textiles could lead you into a career in a number of different design fields linked to the textile industry.

This could range from;
Fashion designer (Male, female & children’s wear)
Sports Wear designer
Footwear designer
Milliner (Hat design)
Costume designer (stage & screen)
Foundation Wear designer (Lingerie & swim wear)
Surface Pattern designer (Woven, knitted, embroidered)
Interior designer (wallpaper, fabric, floor coverings)
Fashion Buyer
Fashion stylist

Many students who have studied textiles within the department have gone on to secure places on degree courses and are now working in their chosen creative career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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