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Art & Design: Textiles at King Edward VII

Course description

This is a two year course with an assessment period during Year 12, which does not count towards the final grade.

Students will produce coursework and an examination unit (externally set assignment) with a controlled test component. Students are expected to:


  • Understand and explore the concepts and contexts of the work of contemporary artists, craftsperson’s, designers and photographers, plus other critical sources such as film, music and literature.

  • Explore and experiment with a range of materials.

  • Record from observation including taking photographic images.

  • Experiment and develop ideas through a range of practical and conceptual processes, working towards a final piece showing clearly how you have been informed by the work of contemporary artists, craftsperson’s, designers and photographers, plus other critical sources such as film, music and literature.

  • Present the work in an appropriate context e.g. sketchbook, mounted sheets, virtual folder, website, with an introductory written element.

  • Produce a substantial final piece (or pieces) of work.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to follow either of these courses need to be self-motivated, creative, proactive and enthusiastic about the subject. Ideally you should have attained at least a grade 5 at GCSE in Art and Design. Occasionally we do take students on the course without this qualification but students will be expected to submit a portfolio of work and have an informal interview in this instance.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to view our subject blocking timetable 2019-2020 on our school website. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.



AO1 – Developing ideas

AO2 – Exploring appropriate resources

AO3 – Recording ideas

AO4 – Presentation of response



Component 1 Project Portfolio (60%)


Students will be asked to produce a range of images, artefacts and samples leading into either two dimensional or three dimensional pieces of creative work.

Portfolios will include:

  • A selection of thoughtfully presented pieces that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study.

  • 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 final outcome.

  • Evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.


Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (40%)


Students will choose one question from a choice set by AQA. Students must cover all four assessment objectives thoroughly during the examination period.

Preparatory period – from January

Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals or models.

Supervised examination – 15 hours

In the 15 hours spread over a week, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.



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: 19 October 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September