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Art & Design, Art & Design Textiles A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

It should be noted that at GCE A and AS level Art and Textiles are taught together and the course is designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of the Visual Arts.

Course content

The emphasis of study in these subjects is the development of understanding and skills using a range of materials, processes and techniques. Students need to demonstrate the ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation, including evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas, and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.


The development of a portfolio may include all or some of the following:- 

Critical/contextual work, which could include written material such as journals, reviews, reflections and evaluations, annotations and historical background material. Evidence may be included from books, journals, moving images, photographs, digital presentations and the internet, as well as studies made during a residency, site, gallery or museum visit. Where appropriate, sources should be identified and acknowledged.  Sketchbooks, workbooks, journals. prep sheets and finished pieces all provide evidence of the development that the student has created. 


Exploring ideas and developing techniques in an imaginative and unique way, so as to create a personal and individual response, are key to success in these subjects.

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade C in Art or Textiles


AS Level Unit 1 - A portfolio of work.

AS Level Unit 2 - An externally set assignment. (10hr after a period of preparation)

A2 Level Unit 3 - Personal investigation

A2 Level Unit 4 - An externally set assignment. (15hr after a period of preparation)

Future opportunities


Fine Art

Graphic design

Interior design


Art therapy


Product design

Games design

Film set design 

Theatre design


Fashion design

Textile print design

Many other design fields

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2015
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