What is Textiles?

Tutors offer practical advice or ideas to allow students to begin their exploration of the and then students develop an original and personal response to a theme, artist or idea. Tutors support the student as the work progresses offering a critical response and helping to establish what techniques will be employed to achieve an excellent final piece.

How is it studied?

Textiles is taught in small groups with an emphasis on guided practical work. Students will explore a range of genres including garments, fashion, accessories, soft furnishings, printed and/or dyed textiles, constructed textiles, textile installation, expressive textiles and digital textiles. Throughout the course emphasis is on the student’s own creative process, and visits to local and national art exhibitions are woven into the course to expose students to a range of styles.

How is A Level Textiles assessed?

Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 Personal Investigation that includes a portfolio of practical work and a written study of 1,000 words 60% Portfolio and essay produced during course
2 Externally set task 40% External Exam: 15 hours



Exam Board: OCR

What do I need to study it?

Although Art or Textiles at GCSE or IGCSE would be helpful, it is not essential. Students need to possess some practical skills, although specific techniques are developed throughout the course. An interest in fabrics and an understanding of the practical issues involved in creating and using fabrics is a benefit.

What should I study with Textiles?

Textiles can be studied with any subject. Its nature means that it can expand any subject combination by offering a more creative approach and a practical course of study. It can support applications to Art degrees and Art Foundation courses.

What can I do with A Level Textiles?

Many students go on to Art degrees, Art Foundation courses, or courses in fashion and textiles. The one-year Foundation course builds on the A Level and allows students to explore a wider variety of artistic skills. You can also find applications for the skills learnt in textiles in a wide range of industries.

Questions about the course

Is Textiles an acceptable subject for access to top universities?

Textiles is useful if you are aiming for an Art degree. It is accepted by all universities, but you may need to combine it with less practical subjects if you are aiming to study a top academic subject.