Textile Design

A level
Examination Board: AQA
Specification: 7241/X
Course Leader: Miss A Bowman
Contact Email: abowman@tgschool.net

What Will I Study?

A level Textile Design explores many of the techniques, processes and concepts behind fine art textiles by exploring materials, surface, techniques and processes and linking them to contemporary and historical contextual references. The course gives students the opportunity to develop a range of skills, the ability to think in-depth about the concepts and ideas underpinning the work of textile artists and a critical approach towards the presentation and quality of their own work.

During Year 12 students develop their ability to use materials, techniques and processes through intense experimentational workshops, which are informed and guided by in-depth research into a variety of starting points and contextual sources.

In the second half of Year 12 continuing into the first term of Year 13, students complete their ‘Component One: Personal Investigation’. This is an independently designed sustained project which combines both practical and written elements in which students will apply the skills and knowledge they have developed, and showcase their ability to develop, refine, record and present their own ideas, which are informed by contextual sources. ‘Component One’ equates to 60% of the overall A level assessment.

In the second term of Year 13 students complete their ‘Component Two: Externally Set Assignment’. This is the ‘exam’ part of the course where students select from a variety of externally set questions on which to base their project. After a stage of development and refinement, students then sit a 15 hour period in which to present their final ideas which realise their intentions. ‘Component Two’ equates to 40% of the overall A level assessment. 

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art & Design; Fine Art, Textile Design or equivalent.


Formative assessment takes place throughout the course with feedback, group critiques and learning conversations used to drive progress. The exam (component two) takes place in Year 13 and is internally assessed by the centre and externally moderated by AQA.

Where Next?

Studying Textile Design is an exciting course that will open a wide variety of opportunities for careers within art and the design industry in textiles, fashion, interior design and art & design.  

Students can go on to study at Further and Higher Education with courses such as; ‘National Diploma in Art and Design level 3 and 4’, ‘Foundation Art and Design’, BA (Hons) degree courses such as; Fashion Design, Interior Design, Costume Design, Design Crafts, Fine Art Textiles, Surface Pattern and Design, Textiles and Business Studies, and creative apprenticeships within the design industry.

Department Staff

Miss A Bowman Teacher of Art Contact