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Textiles A-Level at Baxter College

Course description

In AS and A level Textiles students are required to include practical and critical/contextual work using a range of textile techniques and processes. These could include fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles. 

AS Textile Design 

Component 1 (AS level only)

The portfolio has no time limit and is worth 60% of the marks. It comprises the first part of the AS. Students choose one of the six titles available and work on this throughout the course. 

Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a final outcome or a series of related outcomes. 

Component 2 (AS level only) 

This is an assignment that is set by the exam board and is worth 40% of the AS-level. 

There will be a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students will choose 1 and work on this project until the supervised 10 hours when an outcome will be produced. 

A Level Textile Design 

Component 1 (A-level only)

This personal investigation consists of coursework with no time limit and is worth 60% of the marks. Students choose one of the six titles available and work on this throughout the course. 

Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or a series of related outcomes. It must be supported by written work of between 1,000 and 3,000 words. 

Component 2 (A-level only)

This is an assignment that is set by the examination board and is worth 40% of the A-level; students will get the question papers at the start of February. There will be a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students will work on their projects until the 15 hours of supervised time during which a final piece will be produced. 

Progression

There are many careers in fashion and textiles. Most of these require further study at textiles and fashion at college, further education college or university. Most students will go on to do a one year `Foundation` course at an Art college or college of further education before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of Fashion and Textiles. You may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of textiles, in such fields as buying, marketing, fashion and textile design, interior design, publishing and the media. The study of Textiles can help you develop transferable skills you can take into any career or job.

Entry requirements

Preferably a good grade (at least Grade C) at GCSE. However, if you have an aptitude for fashion and textiles and you are creative, you may have the basic skills to succeed. AS/A Level Textile Design is a demanding course and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities. Success at AS/A Level requires determination, dedication and lots of time.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Baxter College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

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

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