Course title Advanced GCE in Art and Design: Textile/Fashion Design

Examination board AQA

Subject Specific Entry Criteria Grade 7 in GCSE Art or GCSE Textiles

Course overview

Assessment overview

Year 12: Coursework portfolio

·         You will be encouraged to adopt a broad view of design, developing your investigative, analytical, experimental, practical and technical skills.

·         The unit will be punctuated with Textile ‘workshops’ encouraging you to work with a broad range of media, creating independence of mind in relation to developing your own ideas and refining personal outcomes in the form of a final made aspect.

·         Year 12 5hr practical exam

Year 12-13: Personal Investigation

You will submit one major project that has personal significance.
The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000 and 3000 words.

Year 13: Controlled Assignment – 15hrs Practical exam

You will select one starting point from an early release paper
You are given a minimum of three weeks in which to plan and prepare followed by
15 hours of controlled time to realise your ideas into a final outcome.

Component 1: Coursework Portfolio/Personal investigation

Year 13
60% of the total A Level

96 marks non exam assessment
Candidates produce a portfolio of practical work showing either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the learner centre, work from starting points, topics or themes determined by the centre.
A related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

Component 2: Externally set task

Year 13

40% of the total A Level marks

96 marks 15 hour practical exam
The early release paper will be issued on 1st February and will provide learners with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. A response should be based on one of these options.


Future progression

This course aims to equip you with the ‘‘creativity and flair’’ demanded from all top Design schools and universities. In most cases these establishments prefer to select students who do not need to complete a foundation year ‘catch up’ course to bring their skills in line with other students who have studied the subject at A Level. As required from Design schools this course will provide you with knowledge of a variety of specialist areas ranging from fashion and interiors to industrial uses of textiles and aspects of manufacturing, industrial and commercial practice. The course will provide you with a detailed insight into the work of a designer and alternative aspects of the industry such as the marketing and advertising of fashion and textile products.

This course will provide a good grounding in general design processes, therefore enabling you to move on to a range of design based higher education courses such as Fashion and Marketing, Costume Design, Digital Textiles, Contour Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Textiles or Surface Pattern.

Potential careers

Many career-related opportunities are available including design, sales, marketing, buying, advertising and promotion.

To succeed in Textiles

You will:

  • Have a genuine interest and passion for textiles, fashion, interiors and the design process
  • Be willing to complete independent research and planning
  • Be highly motivated and self-disciplined
  • Be willing to read extensively around the subject from a variety of sources.