Fashion & Textiles A Level


Fashion & Textiles is an increasingly popular area of Art & Design.   This course will cover the creative, commercial and technical sides of fashion and textiles.  Many former students have gone on to build successful careers in the Fashion industry and this A Level is designed to give students a head start.


Students can use the portfolio of work developed during the course to assist them in applying for Art Foundation Courses or for Fashion related degrees such as:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Management, Marketing & Communication

Some students might opt to combine the Fashion & Textiles A Level with courses such as A Level/BTEC Business or A Level Economics and move into a business field with a fashion element.

Others enjoy the hands-on nature of the course and find it complements more academic subjects. 

Course Content

This course encourages a creative approach to textile design with a fashion emphasis. Students will create their own projects, learning how to use a variety of textiles and new technologies.  The course will cover the major historical design styles and movements and explore socio-economic influences on fashion, such as street culture and social media.
Alongside the creative elements of the course, students will study the commercial side of fashion.
Students will learn how to:
  • Work in 2D and 3D media
  • Understand elements of textile design such as shape, line, scale, pattern and composition
  • Develop, evaluate and critically analyse designs and ideas
  • Record insights and ideas and learn how to reflect on work and progress
  • Master practical skills such as pattern cutting, garment design and construction, drawing, photography and illustration.  Fabric printing is taught alongside creative explorative workshops in traditional and new technologies

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Fashion & Textiles students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences.  In recent years, these have included:

  • trips to art and fashion exhibitions in London, Brighton and Oxford.  
  • an Art and Media trip to New York.

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College's

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


This course is assessed by coursework and examination.

The exam board for this course is Eduqas. 

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Art, Textiles or Graphic Design (if taken)
  • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Fashion & Textiles information leaflet.

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