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Textiles A Level at The Kings of Wessex Academy

Course description

A level Textiles is a fantastic way to express your creativity. It offers you the opportunity to explore fashion, colour and texture through workshops such as printing, embroidery and construction. You will also be given the opportunity to visit exhibitions and museums. All we ask is that you have enthusiasm and commitment to this subject.

Course content

Why study Textiles at A Level?
Textiles A level will enable you to develop skills in textiles and fashion and to develop an awareness of textile artists and fashion designers.

What will I study?
You will follow the AQA syllabus. You will explore textiles through researching, experimenting, developing and refining your own ideas
In component 1, you will create a portfolio based on an issue, concept or theme that is relevant to your area of study. Through studying a theme in detail, you will explore and experiment with different techniques and materials to develop a finished outcome. Alongside the portfolio you will also need to write an essay of 1000-3000 words that supports your chosen area of study. In component 2, you will respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA and work independently within specified time constraints. You will develop a personal and meaningful response which leads to a finished outcome.

How will I learn?
You will have the opportunity to take part in skills-based workshops. Your portfolio will show exploration into a wide variety of materials and techniques where you can practise and develop your techniques in embroidery, drawing, print making, mixed media, collage and 3D construction. You will be supported fully in developing practical and thinking skills through a variety of workshops and independently set study tasks.

Entry requirements

GCSE C or above in a creative subject. *Studio Fee: £60 (for the two year course)


A Level Component 1: Personal Investigation , 96 marks, 60% of A Level.
A Level Component 2: Externally set assignment Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time, 96 marks, 40% of A level.

Future opportunities

The department has a high success rate in getting students on to Art Foundation and Degree courses. You will get lots of individual guidance and support in putting together a portfolio of work for interview as well as finding the right course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kings of Wessex Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2017

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