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Textiles is offered as an option at both GCSE and A level through an Art & Design specification. We aim to deliver high quality teaching, provide access to a wide range of resources, demonstrate strong subject knowledge as well as a passionate delivery, this ensures we are able to facilitate a high level of learning through project work, problem solving and research.  Students will experiment with new techniques and create samples through investigating printmaking, stitching, weaving, applique, fashion design and digital textiles whilst developing an understanding of a wide range of textile artists. External visits provide opportunities for students to not only gather primary research for their projects but help inspire and develop an understanding of future career progression paths into the Creative industries.

It is intended that we both inspire and nurture confident, articulate, analytical and reflective learners who go on to pursue a career in the wider creative industry. 

All GCSE and A Level project titles are subject to change, however some examples are listed below.

GCSE Themes:
All Year 9 Textiles students have a foundation of two terms to develop the specific skills required in Textiles which they then put into practice in their future projects. Students complete two coursework projects.

GCSE Textiles - Liberty inspired printed scarf and Food.

In Year 11 Textiles students will undertake an externally set assignment set by the examination board with the final piece being completed under examination conditions.

A level themes:
All Year 12 students will complete a term of workshops building a foundation of the new skills and techniques required at A level. Students will complete one coursework project.

Year 12 Textiles – Structures, surfaces, own choice and produce a written personal study.

All year 13 students will undertake an externally set assignment set by the examination board with the final piece being completed under examination conditions.


Why choose the subject?  

  • Learn to express yourself creatively
  • Learn to problem solve and research
  • Experiment with a wide range of media and techniques such as printmaking, machine embroidery, weaving, fashion design and digital textiles
  • Try out new ideas and develop your visual skills
  • Develop your creative skill


Q. Does everybody learn Textiles?
A. No. Textiles is only taught as a GCSE or A level option.

Q. What exams can I take?
A. GCSE and A Level. 

Q. What trips are there?
A. Trips are specific to the topic you are studying and will depend on what projects you are given for your externally set assignment. For younger years we are trying to promote trips outside of the school day so are making use of museums and gallery which are open in the evenings. There are specific trips at KS4 and KS5 to galleries such as the Tate Modern, Graduate Fashion week and The Knit and Stitch Exhibition.


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