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There is a hands-on practical start to AS covering a broad range of processes to suit complete beginners as well as more experienced students.

As the course progresses it gradually becomes more independent with a focus on small group teaching through workshops and 1:1 support; this allows students to develop their own interests and produce personal work in a range of textile outcomes such as fashion garments, interior furnishings and lighting, wall hangings, jewellery and accessories as well as lengths of printed cloth. Students are offered support through individual feedback and tutorials.

At A level students pick a focus for their studies around a specific aspect of textile design and put into practice skills learnt at AS to make more ambitious and challenging final pieces. There is a strong focus on progression where students are supported to develop their professional portfolios for use in seeking employment or university places.


There are 4 components to complete across the 2 year qualification. There are no formal theory exams, but simply a final outcome made under timed exam conditions at the end of each year. AS grades do not count towards A level qualification.

AS: Component 1: Portfolio (coursework unit) 60% AS

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (10 hour practical exam) 40% AS A Level: Component 1: Personal Investigation (coursework unit) 60%

Component 2: Externally Set assignment (15 hour practical exam) 40%

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Art or Design Technology Textiles or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. Students without this grade will need to show evidence of artistic and creative ability by submitting a portfolio of work and be interviewed on or before Enrolment Day by a member of the Art & Design team. The portfolio could include photography, drawing, fashion ideas, mood boards or any textiles you have made at home.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


The textiles room has been designed to create a flexible studio space allowing students access to sewing machines and computers in every lesson as well as designated spaces used for pattern cutting, heat processes, knitting machines and design work. We also have access to a newly built print room which adjoins the Textiles room for screen printing and experimental image transfer techniques.

In Textiles you will cover traditional and non-traditional skills with exploration in dyeing, printing, hand and machine embroidery, batik and digital textile design as well as having opportunities to use unconventional textile processes working with mixed media such as wood, metal and plastics.

Workshops are offered in both AS and A-level allowing small groups or individual students to learn skills directly linked to their individual areas of interest. These include but are not limited to: knitting (machine and hand), crochet, weaving, macramé, screen printing, applique, photographic transfer methods, embroidery and garment construction.

The Textiles team provide excellent learning opportunities outside the classroom organising regular visits to London for exhibitions and opportunities to record directly from sources. They are also part of the yearly visit to Amsterdam.

Textiles students are also given the opportunity to showcase their work through competitions, fashion shows and community projects.


Students ­find this subject a creative complement to other subjects. Most use it as a direct progression route to HE in a number of fashion and/or textile related courses such as Surface Pattern Design, Print for Interiors, Print for fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Purchasing, Fashion Atelier, Hand Embroidery, Digital Textiles, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Interior Design, Craft and so on.

Some also use it to progress to other art based courses often supported by studying additional art subjects within the department. This includes Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, 3D Design and Photography.

EN also offer a 1 year L4 Art Foundation course which supports students through a series of diagnostic projects to support progression in to university, apprenticeships or employment.

Inspirational Links

East Norfolk Sixth Form Pinterest – for examples of past and present students work as well as images from lessons in action -

Theresa Budds Pinterest – for a wide range of textiles links from historical garments through to unconventional approaches to design -

For all art and design related degrees nationwide visit

We run numerous educational visits to UK and international galleries. Below are some of the galleries we visited last year:

Course Information


A level

Course Work