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Textiles A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

Studying A Level Textiles provides a worthwhile, satisfying and complete course of study, which broadens experience, develops imagination, fosters creativity and promotes personal and social development. Critical, practical and theoretical study in art, craft and design should be purposefully integrated to provide exciting, challenging and meaningful learning experiences.

Course content

  • Recording from direct experience, observation and imagination
  • Developing ideas for their work, investigating visual and other sources of information
  • Exploring and using a range of media for working in two and/or three dimensions
  • Reviewing, modifying and refining work as it progresses and realising intentions


Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (non-exam assessment) 40% Students will use the theme Natural Forms as a starting point. Using direct observations in the form of drawings and photography, students will develop a range of textile skills. These include print, free hand machine embroidery, woven textiles, bonding fusing, fashion. A visit to Bath Museum of Costume will inspire students to develop ideas.

A Level

Unit 2: Personal Investigation (non-exam assessment) 36% Consists of two integrated constituent parts:

  • Part 1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter having personal significance.
  • Part 2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment (non-exam assessment) 24% Consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: Support studies/preparatory work The externally set assignment materials are to be released to learners from 1 February and will consist of a series of visual and written stimuli, which are to be presented to the learner at the start of the preparatory period (6 weeks is recommended). One of the stimuli is to be selected by the learner and used as a starting point from which to elicit a personal response. Responses should take the form of critical, practical and theoretical preparatory work/supporting studies which inform the resolution of ideas in the 15 hours sustained focus study.
  • Part 2: 15 hour period of sustained focus work The resolution of learners’ ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 15 hours under supervised conditions.

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.

Future opportunities

Many students progress to Art Foundation Courses or to Higher Education in a wide variety of fields from Product Design to Fashion. A good range of practical work is one of the essential requirements for entry into art courses in higher education and institutions are looking for art students who have enquiring minds and an enthusiasm and understanding of all aspects of art and design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clevedon School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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