A Level Fashion and Textile Design

Gumley House School


A Level Fashion and Textile Design

Studying Art and Design Textiles

Introduction by Head of Fashion and Textiles:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  Edexcel
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 in GCSE Art/Art Textiles or Design Tech (Textiles) or Merit and above in a Grade 2 Textiles qualification.

Why study this course?
The Textiles course gives you the opportunity to develop a personal and structured approach to project work by exploring ideas and materials, developing your critical faculties in both practical and written work and acquiring a high level of
design and making skills. There are many careers open to you from fashion to industrial design, including knitwear, embroidery, footwear, millinery, fashion buying, retail management, museum work, arts administration, advertising and teaching.

What will I learn?

A specialised course, which works in the area of constructed textiles, dyed and stitched fabric and fashion, using a variety of experimental methods and materials. All projects begin with drawing, before moving into textile media. Work is focused on art based and creative processes rather than the traditional way of making functional garments.
You will study the work of other artists, designers and photographers, including work from primary sources during visits to galleries and museums.

How will I be taught?

This is a practical course in which you learn by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work. You will find out about a whole range of media, techniques and processes. You will develop your creativity and independent thought, learn to express yourself visually and let your imagination flourish.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

Five hours to include extended work, sketchbook work and visits to galleries.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are creative and imaginative. You enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways. You enjoy making. You enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you.

Course Description

The course will follow the discipline of Fashion Design.

  • The design and creation of clothing and fashion for creative and commercial audiences, clients and consumers.
  • The use of a range of fashion design techniques, materials and tools such as pattern cutting, adornment, accessories and illustration on fabrics and garments with consideration of sustainable materials, recycling and ethical manufacture.


The assessment constitutes coursework and an externally set assignment, supported by preliminary studies. The coursework includes a written, illustrated critical and contextual study, related to an area of interest for the student:

Component 1
:   60%
Component 2:   Examination (ESA) 40%

For more information, contact Ms D McCann and Mrs M Martin