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A-Level Textiles

Overview

At Morriston we are able to offer Textiles at A Level. At this level, emphasis is placed upon the design and production of products and garments using experimental techniques and materials. Throughout the course students will develop their drawing and mark making skills, creative thinking skills and they will have the opportunity to experiment with various
techniques. Pupils will be taught how to use the sewing machines and experiment with batik, printing, embroidery and fabric manipulation. Students will also have the opportunity to evaluate the work of past and present textile designers and artists.

Entry Requirements

This course is ideal for those who have studied and enjoyed all art, design and technology disciplines in years 10 & 11, and achieved a grade C or above at GCSE. Alternatively, you may be creative and want to develop your skills. You need a minimum of 5 GCSE’s including maths and English language to study this subject. Don’t worry if you have never used a sewing machine before as you will be taught everything on the course.

Course Overview

In year 12 the AS qualification provides pupils with the opportunity to develop an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on the themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the student. In year 13 part one of the A Level qualification enables pupils to build on their skills learnt through a personal presented portfolio developing a theme of their choice. Part two stretches their development further by focusing on an externally set theme, students prepare an outcome through planning, experimentation and research in order to create a final outcome achieved through a 15 hour sustained focus period.

Year Unit Title Details
12 AS Unit 1 Personal Creative Enquiry 40% of qualification 160 marks An in-depth portfolio of creative outcomes
based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance to the
student. Pupils will explore a wide range of art and textiles materials and
processes.
13 A2 Unit 2 Personal Investigation 36% of qualification 160 marks An in-depth portfolio of creative outcomes
based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance to the
students. A written element of 1000 words minimum that clearly relates to
their practical outcomes.
A2 Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment 24% of the qualification 100 marks The externally set assignment materials
are to be released to students from 1 February (in the second year of the
course) and will consist of a series of visual and written questions/stimuli.
Students select their themes from the externally set question/stimuli.
Preparatory work on the selected theme will inform an outcome created in a
period of 15 hours sustained focus.

Progression

An A-Level in this subject can lead to progression to higher education courses related to fashion and design, including textile and surface pattern, fashion and journalism, fashion manufacture, and textile production, including the science of new textiles, textile testing, dying and printing. We have previous students that are now working as fashion buyers for SuperDry, designers for Tui and even an editor at Vogue.