This is an expressive and exploratory course adopting an innovative approach to Textiles. We use a range of media and techniques that allow students to develop new approaches of creating and viewing textiles. Textile techniques are utilised to inspire an individual’s creativity and develop visual ideas successfully through practical work. The aim of the course is to develop individuals to become a confident artist/designer who will pursue their own individual textile route.
The course is supported by visits to galleries, exhibitions and fashion shows as well as specialist summer workshops, held at Cadbury College and delivered by designers and artists.
Students on the course will use working sketchbooks to document evidence of media exploration, artist and designer referencing and idea development. Students create two final pieces (outcomes) a year in response to the unit briefs.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs 2 at grade B and 3 at grade C, including English.
  • A Grade C or above in GCSE Art or Textiles.
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What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • WJEC


  • Coursework - 75%
  • Final Outcome - 25%

Course Content:

  • Year One
    • Portfolio (100% of qualification)
      • This unit will encourage students to explore pattern and surface texture by experimenting with paper, fabric, threads, mixed media, pattern cutting and garment construction
  • Year Two
    • Personal Investigation (60% of qualification)
      • The Personal Investigation unit develops students’ abilities further by allowing individuals to pursue concepts in more depth. Students will produce a written, illustrated study of an aspect of historical or contemporary Textile or Fashion Design of their choice, demonstrating research, analysis and evaluation skills.
    • Externally Set Assignment (40% of qualification)
      • In this unit, students will deliver an externally set assignment, and carry out a final piece under exam conditions. Choice of topic should reflect interests developed in their AS year. Studies might look at materials and methods of production used by designers, theories of Textiles in relation to society or the use of signs, symbols and meaning in Textile works. Students will produce a significant body of practical work leading to a substantial final piece (outcome).

Where does it lead?

Many textiles students apply straight to university to study many degrees including fashion design, costume design, garment technology, pattern cutting, illustration, interior design, accessories design, footwear design, fashion marketing & promotion, fashion retailing, fashion management, fashion product innovation, fashion forecasting, fashion journalism and fashion styling.


“I studied Textiles with Art & Design and Business Studies at Cadbury College. I am now studying a degree in Fashion Design at Birmingham City University.”

Hannah Browne