D&T Textiles

DepartmentDesign and Technology 

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardAQA (Art Spec) 

Additional Entry RequirementsGrade 6 at GCSE in Textiles (or Graphics/Art), or a portfolio of work. 

Why study Textiles? 

The ideal A level Textiles student has: 

  • A wish to pursue a career in art and design 
  • Would like to continue studying this subject at University or Art School 
  • Would prefer to be assessed with regards to continuous coursework rather than examination. 
  • A passion for design 
  • An enquiring mind 
  • A creative, innovative flair 
  • An ability to recognise the psychology involved when designing products/pieces of design work 
  • An interest in historical and contemporary influences 

Course Content 

Through the design process, students produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example: Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles, Costume Design, Digital textiles, Interior Design, Printed or dyed fabrics, Digital textiles. Practical work is produced by researching and developing ideas using drawing, digital exploration, sketchbooks and work sheets, supported by critical evaluation and an awareness of contemporary and historical influences. Students will develop their skills and experiment in a selection of the areas throughout Year 12, developing creativity and independence before moving towards their personal investigations in the final term of Year 12. 


60% coursework (component 1) and 40% exam and exam Sketchbook (component 2). 

At A-level in component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material (1000-3000 words). This will count for 60% of your total A-level marks.  In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total A-level marks. Students select one question to explore. Preparatory work is then presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models etc. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time (exam). During this time, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. 

Careers in Textiles 

A career that includes working in the fashion industry, or in the future of sustainable products and fibre and fabric development, the UK relies on the industry with over 1 million jobs currently in the UK.  The textile industry accounts for over 10% of GDP, so a key industry on many levels.    

Fashion merchandising, marketing, costume design and fashion design are all routes students have taken from studying this course, as well as interior design, Teaching, and many more!