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Textiles A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

Textile design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics for different end uses. Textile designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for different applications.

Course content

For the purposes of this qualification, textile design is sub-divided into the following three disciplines:

  • Textiles for interiors
  • Fine art textiles
  • Fashion textiles.

Students will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate their ideas.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade, including Art and Design or Textiles. Students who do not have Art and Design or Textiles GCSE will be invited to college to do a short practical task before being accepted on the course.


There are two parts to the A Level.

Component 1 Personal Investigation This component incorporates three major elements:

  • This component incorporates three major elements.
  • Supporting studies
  • Practical work
  • Personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose.

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment

The exam board set theme is distributed in February, you will have 8 weeks to investigate, develop and plan your response to the theme. You then have 15 hours to produce a personal outcomes.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year with written and verbal feedback given. At the end of the course both components are internally marked and externally moderated.

All work is assessed with reference to the four exam board set criteria.

  • Develop ideas
  • Explore media
  • Research record analyse review
  • Present outcomes.

You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to an Art Foundation course. This is a general diagnostic year that allows students to try all Art and Design specialisms before going on to an HE course. Some universities will accept students onto a Textiles degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete the Foundation year.

Career opportunities exist in fashion design, fashion illustration, textile design, marketing, trend prediction, interior design, fine art and craft areas, teaching, and research or museum work. Students can go on to work for companies or as freelance designers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 23 August 2016
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