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BTEC Textiles Level 3 at The Basildon Academies Sixth Form

Course description

The aim of this course is to provide the learner with a knowledge
and understanding of a variety of Textile techniques, as well as
the skills and confidence to apply them to a range of items.

This course is for students who:

  • enjoy the subject of Textiles.
  • want to develop hand and machining sewing skills.
  • are willing to experiment and try new techniques.
  • want to develop a personal ‘handwriting style’ in designing.

Course content

BTEC L3 Diploma students study 6 units over 2 years :

Unit L/502/5440 - Fabric Manipulation

  • introduce learners to a range of fabric manipulation techniques.
  • recognise and explore the potential of a range of fabrics and materials which can be manipulated.
  • use a variety of techniques and processes to produce innovative designs and work.

Unit F/502/5483 - Embroidered Textiles

  • develop skills and understanding by exploring the potential of both hand and machine embroidery techniques and processes.
  • produce a range of embroidered samples which can be incorporated into a variety of items.

Unit R/502/5018 - Surface Pattern

  • explore the research and practical skills used in the development of surface pattern design ideas.
  • use a variety of media, materials, techniques and processes
  • analyse, review and refine ideas to produce a range of surface pattern samples.

Unit J/502/5436 - Repeat Pattern

  • develop skills and understanding of surface pattern ideas as repeat patterns.
  • research design ideas and the work of other designers and textiles artists.
  • develop own work using traditional and non-traditional materials and a variety of techniques and processes.

Unit R/502/5438 - Printed Textiles

  • develop learners’ knowledge and skills in the use of printed textiles
  • develop learners’ understanding of the way designers, artists and craftworkers work with traditional and non-traditional materials
  • produce individual and diverse work using a variety of techniques.

Unit T/502/5741 - Design Principles in Art and Design

  • develop learners’ understanding and skills in applying design principles.
  • experience the same constraints and situations designers face.
  • consider how form relates to function in their own work.

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form


60 hours of practical work (classwork) plus extra development homework for each Unit.
(16.5% of Diploma)

Future opportunities

Textile studies combines well with other Art or Design Technology
subjects. It can lead to a variety of university courses and careers
such as Textile Designer (Printed or Surface Decoration), Textile
Artist, Fashion Designer, Accessories Designer and Machinist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Basildon Academies Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years