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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This A-level course will enable learners to explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Textiles. The course provides a thorough and rewarding study of Textiles, exploring traditional methods and contemporary techniques, through extensive practical and theoretical/historical elements, with the discipline of drawing at its core.

Learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of Textiles, such as garments/fashion, accessories, soft furnishings, printed and/or dyed textiles, constructed textiles, textile installation, expressive textiles, and digital textiles.Combinations of these areas are also possible.

Textiles students are expected to demonstrate specialisation with materials, media or processes to allow for an appropriate depth of study within set projects. Possible Textile processes include fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing, tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer, fabric construction, stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting, embroidery, weaving, knitting, felting and mixed-media applications.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

In addition, you should have GCSE Design Technology, Art and Design or a similar creative subject at grade 5 [C/B] or above. 

A small portfolio of your work will be required. You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in art and design and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

Course Content

The Advanced GCE in Textiles consists of two components, both teacher assessed and externally moderated.

Component 01: Personal Investigation

There are two distinct elements:

  • A practical portfolio with supporting contextual research in response to a set theme. The portfolio may be presented in a format appropriate to the specialism and area of study chosen
  • A related study using words and illustrations demonstrating the context in which the student's portfolio exists, exploring the relevant genre, subject matter, movement or historical framework of the selected theme

Component 02: Externally Set Task

Students can choose a starting point from any of the seven given themes for which they will generate an appropriate personal response for assessment. They will carry out preparatory work to research, plan and develop their ideas, before engaging in 15 hours of supervised time to complete their work.

How will I be assessed?

Work is continually assessed, and you will discuss and evaluate your own work.

Component 1: Personal Investigation: internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated - 60% of the total qualification

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment: externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated - 40% of the total qualification

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject. This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources. However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials. You will also need to contribute towards compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

What can I do after this course?

Following successful completion of this Advanced Level course, it is expected that learners will have achieved the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills in Textiles that will aid their progression to foundation and degree-related study.

 

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As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
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While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.

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