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A Level Art and Design Textiles at Great Sankey High School

Course description

A Level Textiles focuses on the exploration of textile processes and materials. It aims to develop creativity, skill and understanding. During the 2 years you will work on set projects encouraging you to experiment with alternative materials, surface pattern, print, free machining and constructed textiles to produce exciting and innovative final pieces. Your practical work will need to be supported by a sketchbook of research, experiments and planning. Your coursework will include a written study based on textile artists/fashion/designers.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Textiles is a coursework project (60% of final AS grade) You will need to produce a written study based on your gallery visits, explaining how your own work has been influenced by the work of others. (approx. 3000 words)

Unit 2 - Textiles is an exam project (40% of final AS grade) You will have approx. 4 weeks to research and plan your final piece including work from direct observation and artist research. You will have 8 hours in exam conditions to produce a final piece using appropriate materials for textiles.

A2 Level

Unit 3 - Textiles is a coursework project (60% of final A2 grade) need to produce a personal study based on artists or designers work that you have seen and researched. Your final work will be displayed for the external examiner and should constitute a complete set of work from initial ideas through to final pieces showing the influence of the artists you have studied.

Unit 4 - Textiles is an exam project (40% of final A2 grade) This follows the same format as the AS Unit 2 exam, however, you will have 12 hours in exam conditions to produce a final piece

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course. Well motivated and committed students, flexible with time and who have successfully completed GCSE Textiles or Art, to a minimum of grade B. The Personal Investigation demands a good standard of written English preferably to grade B in GCSE English Language and students must be willing to travel to galleries/exhibitions to support their practical work. You need to have a genuine interest in the subject and be prepared to put in extra time in your study periods.


AS Unit 1 coursework (60%)

A2 Unit 3 coursework (60%)

AS Unit 2 exam project (40%)

A2 Unit 4 coursework (40%)

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study a foundation course and/or a degree course in Teaching, Fashion/ Fabric Design, Retail Management and careers in the Fashion Industry. It could also contribute to the points system for any other course. Some students gain direct entry to degree courses, usually when they combine fine art with other practical A Levels to enhance their portfolio.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Sankey High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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