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Textiles A Level at Thomas Gainsborough School

Course description

A Level Textiles explores many of the techniques, processes and concepts behind Fine Art Textiles design by exploring materials, surface, techniques and processes and linking them to contemporary and historical contextual references. The course gives students the opportunity to develop a range of skills, the ability to think in-depth about the concepts and ideas underpinning the work of Textile Artists and a critical approach towards the presentation and quality of their own work.

During year 12 students develop their ability to use techniques and processes through intense periods of experimentation, guided by in-depth research into a variety of starting points. There are two portfolio projects in the autumn term, exploring practical and contextual starting points.

In year 13, students complete a ‘Personal Investigation’ component in which they apply the skills they have developed through an independently designed project which combines practical and written elements. In year 13 the students complete an externally set (exam) project which comprises 40% of the overall assessment.

Entry requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design or Textiles.


Formative assessment takes place throughout the course with feedback, group critiques and learning conversations used to drive progress. The exam takes place in year 13 and is externally moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities

Studying textiles is an exciting course that will open opportunities for careers in Textiles, Fashion and Art & Design.  Students can go on to a one year foundation college course, creative apprenticeships within the design industry and Degree courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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