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Textiles, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Are you excited by fashion and textiles as a tangible art form? Do you love the different qualities which different fabrics and stitches possess and how they can be used for expression? Do you like experimenting with artistic techniques and processes in a very practical way? Are you interested in gaining an appreciation of the work of existing artists and designers?

Textiles A Level at OSFC will suit you if you have an interest in textiles and fashion and want to explore decorative and wearable design, whilst developing your understanding of design skills and making processes.

At OSFC we encourage our students to participate in a range of art and design field trips. These include national visits to galleries in London and Manchester and pre-degree Foundation Shows at Oldham College and Manchester Metropolitan University.


Course content

Year 1

Component 1 (60% of AS): Producing a project on a given theme by working through a design process, this work is worth 60% of the AS marks This involves visual research, exploring ideas through a range of textile techniques and producing a practical outcome, whilst also investigating the work of relevant artists and designers.

Component 2 (40% of AS): A range of questions are provided by the exam board and students choose one question to work through, building on the skills acquired in Component 1. The final responses are produced in ten hours of supervised time.

Year 2

Component 1 (60% A-Level): This is a Personal Investigation based on an idea, concept or theme. Students work through the design process - researching, exploring ideas and textile techniques, and producing a final outcome - the project is also supported by a written element.

Component 2 (40% A-Level): A range of questions are provided by the exam board and students choose one question to work through, further developing the skills acquired throughout the course in a more individual and independent manner. The final responses are produced in fifteen hours of supervised time.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

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Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Huddersfield - Fashion Design
  • Sheffield Hallam University - Fashion Design
  • University of Westminster - Fashion Buying Management
  • MMU - Fashion Design and Technology (Womenswear)

Careers Destinations

  • Surface Pattern Designer
  • Knitwear Designer
  • Home Furnishing Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Milliner
  • Fashion Designer
  • Merchandising

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Fine Art
  • 3D Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Drama

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: 02 October 2018
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