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Textiles promotes creativity and the development of expressive conceptual ideas using a variety of materials and techniques.

KS4

In Textiles at KS4 we offer an AQA Art and Design Textiles GCSE. Students select a topic which they develop through the four assessment objectives. They use research, experimentation and recording of ideas to inform an outcome or product. Students facilitate gallery visits and catwalk shows to assist them in developing their studies. Development and experimentation are important tools in the students’ progress. The course is divided into two components:

Component 1: Portfolio

A portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. This must include a continuous project demonstrating the journey from starting point to the realisation of outcomes.

 • No time limit • 96 marks • 60% of GCSE.

Component 2: Externally set assignment

Students respond to their chosen starting point from a selection of externally set subject titles, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives. 

 • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time • 96 marks • 40% of GCSE

KS5

In the Sixth Form, students are encouraged to develop their own style as well as appreciate the work of current designers. Students learning is tailored to develop their individual needs and personal attainment within the AQA specification.

Areas of study can include • fashion design • fashion textiles • costume design • digital textiles • printed and/or dyed fabric and materials • domestic textiles and wallpaper • interior design • constructed textiles • art textiles • installed textiles.  

 The course is divided into two components:

 Component 1: Personal investigation

This is an extended collection of practical work based upon a question or starting point. Students receive the opportunity to making meaningful connections between, visual, written and other elements. The personal investigation is informed by critical and contextual studies of both designer’s craftspeople and artists. Students experiment with a wide range of materials and refine their skills.

• No time limit • 96 marks • 60% of A-level.

Component 2: Externally set assignment

 Students respond to their chosen starting point from a selection of externally set subject titles, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives. 

• Preparatory period + 15 hours