Sixth Form Applications
Applications to Heart of England Sixth Form are welcome.
Sixth Form: Textiles
An interest in fashion and fabrics, designing and making are key aspects of this AS course. The course extends GCSE Design and Technology coursework and allows students to develop their creativity and presentation skills. This A Level is a practical course that allows you to explore your creative side. The main purpose of textiles is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. You’ll find out about a whole range of different media, techniques and processes, from fibres to computers, allowing you to express yourself in a range of different ways. The emphasis in this course is learning by doing, so you’ll be able to create imaginative personal work.
This is a course, which has been designed especially for students to become independent and self-motivated learners. You will research and study a range of different artists, designers and cultures to inspire your own creative and technical development. You will be given the exciting responsibility to gather first hand research to inspire you to explore and express different themes.
Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)
The textiles course includes
AS Qualification: Year 1
The AS course includes the following 2 elements:
Entry Requirements and Prohibited Options
Entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs at grade C or above. It is helpful if a student has studied Design & Technology or Art at GCSE level.
Activities and Trips
Trips to the V&A museumin London, for example the Ballgowns exhibition was visited by the textiles department in November 2012. The Clothes Showis an another exciting event where designers and current trends can be looked at.
There may be costs involved towards purchasing fabrics for your main products.
The AQA web site has access to past papers which will be useful to test your knowledge.
Textile Design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course being a textile designer is a natural outcome, but there are other job prospects. Like working as an interior designer or in fashion merchandising and buying. The advertising and marketing profession always needs creative people too, as does the manufacturing industry. You could also apply this A Level to your portfolio of skills as a teacher.