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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Textiles or Art is desirable but NOT essential.



Exam board: OCR

100%Pass Rate

This Textiles course focuses on surface pattern and design while also giving students the opportunity to study many aspects of Textiles and make either 2D or 3D items. The specification studied is the OCR Art & Design: Textile Design. It may be taken alongside Fine Art, Graphic Communication or Photography.

Entry Requirements

A GCSE in Textiles or Art is desirable but not essential. You will be asked to do a small assignment before starting the course. This must be completed before enrolment. Plenty of advice will be given and no specialist equipment is necessary.



Course Content

Year 1

Students following the course explore surface textile design in its widest sense, through coursework projects and theoretical knowledge. Subjects covered include painting, printmaking, dyeing, applique, machine and hand stitch. The use of computer software is included in the course in order to aid the design process.

Year 2

In the second year, students will choose their own areas of study and will set their own design briefs building upon the knowledge and skills that they have learnt in the first year. The work is much more independent with advice and guidance from the staff. Students are required to produce a written study about an artist or designer as part of their Personal Investigation.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by specialist practitioners. All practical sessions are supported by demonstrations, a theoretical background and critical studies. A minimum of 4.5 hours of private study per week is required.

It is essential that students are encouraged to do first-hand research and a number of trips are organised.

Meet the Creative Arts teachers and students


Trips and visiting speakers are organised throughout the year in order to inspire students and give them a broader understanding of Textiles and Design. These will come at a variable cost but we will always keep costs down wherever we can.

Methods Of Assessment

All units will be marked internally by the Creative Arts team and will be moderated by the exam board.


The Textiles area is very well equipped with facilities to create a range of traditional and digital textile outcomes, including high-quality screen and block printing equipment, Bernina sewing machines and A1 digital printers.


This subject provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to Further or Higher Education as well as being a useful background for any career in this field.  These include: designer, buyer, pattern cutter, marketing, advertising, journalism, manufacture management in the Fashion or Textile industry, costume for theatre/TV, furniture, conservation and restoration and Interior Design.

Creative Arts Students Discuss the Art Exhibition

Additional Costs

The additional costs for this subject are as follows:

Textiles year 1 - £140.59

Textiles year 2 - £48.65

Financial assistance is available via the college Bursary Scheme.

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