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Textiles A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

Textiles will appeal to students who want to express their creativity in ways that can be applied to the worlds of surface design, fashion, and constructed textiles and especially to students considering university courses or careers in these areas.

Course content

AS Textiles

In AS Textiles you will:

  • Take part in workshops to explore ways of making textile surfaces, screen printing, batik, indigo and steam shibori, knitting and felt making, appliqué and stitch
  • Make your own original textiles and have the opportunity to create items for the end of course Paston Fashion Show 
  • Visit London and other centres to see the work of designers and artists, relevant to your own work. Recent trips have included New Designers and The V&A, 

Learn the skills to put together exciting sketchbooks and a portfolio which shows your research methods and design ideas 

A-Level Textiles

In A-Level Textiles you build upon and use skills and techniques developed on the AS course.

You will also:

  • Carry out research based on your own choice of starting points. This will include analytical research, experimentation with different samples, and production of a final piece
  • Undertake research for your final project and present your work in the end of year show 
  • Visit the New Designer Show in London

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including English Language, Art/Textiles and either Mathematics or a science. 

There are access arrangements for students who have not studied Art/Textiles at GCSE.


AS Level

Component 1:  50% of total AS qualification. Supporting studies and practical work 

Component 2:  50% of total AS qualification. Preparatory studies and the 10 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).

This will lead to an AS qualification. 

A2 Level

Component 1. Personal Investigation. 60% of total qualification. This incorporates 3 elements; supporting studies, practical work and a personal study (1,000 word essay.)

Component 2. Externally Set Assignment. 40% of total qualification. This incorporates 2 elements; preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).

Future opportunities

The course helps you to prepare for the next step in your creative career. Many students go directly on to degree courses at university, to study Textiles and other visual art disciplines such as Decorative Arts, Knitwear Design, Fashion, Fashion Management and Textiles. This reflects the passion that students feel for this subject. Ofsted say that at Paston, "the proportion of students successfully progressing directly to arts- related higher education programmes is very good."

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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