A Level

Exam Board: OCR

2 years


Course Content:

At Alton College on the Textiles A-Level you will study:

  • A variety of projects in your 1st year which will cover drawing and photography to produce primary imagery.
  • Techniques such as heat press, applique, felt making, silk screen printing, pattern cutting and dressmaking skills.
  • Artist & designer research to compliment and inspire project outcomes, enabling you to design and make a cushion and a skirt, for your first 2 projects.
  • How to develop a sketchbook and explore ideas leading towards a final fashion or textiles outcome of your choice for your 1st year final project, using the skills and techniques learnt alongside developing additional new techniques.
  • In your 2nd year, you will undertake a Personal Investigation in a specialist area of own choice producing sketchbooks and outcomes which encourage you to develop your work with an individual approach and specialise in fashion or textiles or to work in both areas.  This will be supported with an essay (minimum 1000 words).
  • How to develop your work to follow an interest in accessories, interior design or working towards any other outcomes which have links to fashion or textiles.


60% Personal Investigation 40% Externally Set Task.
Externally set task includes a 15 hour practical controlled exam.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons could involve you in whole class teaching, 1-1 learning or peer analysis, and may find you learning specific practical techniques or inventing your own. A large part of the classroom time is spent on practical activities but will also include research, drawing, developing your own ideas, design and making.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

We recommend a grade 5 in a creative or technical subject at GCSE, although in exceptional circumstances we do consider students without an Art qualification.

Course costs:

Approximately £80 over two years.
Optional trips from £20 each. There is an annual overseas Creative Visual Arts department trip.

Textiles works well with:

Art & Design
English Language
Graphic Design