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Art and Design: Textile Design A Level (AQA) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

Students will investigate a range of textiles decoration techniques including: fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing and laser printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying and transfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and embroidery.


They will learn how to select relevant materials, processes, technologies.


Learn about historical and contemporary developments in Textiles.


Understand and use a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of textile design.


Unit 1:  Portfolio

The portfolio will contain at least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. This will be shown through sketchbooks, Journals or presentation boards and sampling.


Unit 2:  AS Externally Set Assignment  

Students will select a task given by the exam board. They then have a preparation period to explore the task and formulate ideas followed by a 10 hour supervised time to complete their outcomes.


Unit 3:  A2 Coursework (Personal Investigation)

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.


Unit 4 A2:  Externally Set Assignment

Students will select a task given by the exam board. They then have a preparation period to explore the task and formulate ideas followed by a 15 hour supervised time to complete their outcomes.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied a related KS4 subject to choose this subject but it is expected that you have achieved a grade 4 if you have studied it at GCSE.


Students will produce practical and theoretical work in one or more areas of study, for example, fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and Installed textiles.


AS Unit 1: Coursework

AS Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment   

A2 Unit 3: Coursework

A2 Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment

Future opportunities

The GCE in Textile Design qualifies for UCAS points, so if you complete it successfully, you could move on to study for a Degree or Foundation Diploma.


You could also go on to future relevant employment in a wide range of creative industries:

Fashion designer, interior designer, print designer buying, costume/set design, visual merchandising, millinery, technologist, shoe design, photography and jewellery design.

Further information

Textiles can complement subjects at A level or add breadth to all other subjects by building skills in research, analysing, evaluating and organisation.  


Contact Mrs Hutton, Teacher of Textiles via email:


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: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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