Textiles & Fashion: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mrs. David/ Ms. Johnstone

Why study Textiles & Fashion?

• Are you full of ideas? Do you like detail? Are you hands on? Do you like to create? This course enables you to enjoy bringing all these together in a diverse array of outcomes ranging from creating the next catwalk fashion to interior soft furnishing and wall hangings- your choice

• A chance to work in your own personal studio space

• An opportunity to build a portfolio to enable access to your chosen avenue of higher education.

What’s it all about?

• AS coursework portfolio = 60%. You will follow a structured course developing skills within the framework of a sketchbook containing your own textile swatches and fashion designs. These will then be used to create a range of experimental pieces and some final outcomes in the form of a garment

• AS exam = 40%. This is your chance for independence! Select a theme and be your own fashion/textile designer! You are examined on a body of work for which you are given three months to create in both lesson time and your own studio time. We will help by advising and directing you, leading you towards your best outcome

• A Level coursework = 60%. Your chance to shine! It’s all about the final pieces; use both lesson time and your own studio time to create the work you’ve always wanted to. Work will be directed by you and critiqued by us, preparing you for that university next step. There is an expected written content at this stage

• A Level exam = 40%. Show off your level of skill with an exam which takes a similar format to that of the AS, but one in which a greater depth of understanding and refinement is to be evidenced.

When will I be assessed?

• For both AS and A Level you will have an in-house assessment at a given point during your first term. This does not get used officially but is a chance for you to know the grade your coursework would achieve in its current form. You will receive feedback on how to improve this grade

• Official AS and A Level assessments take place at the end of their respective years, both for the coursework and the exam, following the collection of all work submitted.

What could it lead to?

• For many of our students the next step is further education in fashion/textile design

• A foundation course is the traditional access route for the degree level, some students may wish to apply directly for the degree also, we will help with portfolios and applications

• If you are not planning to follow the creative path, the textile A-level carries as much weighting as any other subject in terms of University applications/points awarded/job applications and indeed shows creativity and diversity along-side other subjects.

Additional entry requirements?

• Students require at least a C grade in GCSE Textiles.