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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Fashion & Textiles A Level KS5

The Key Stage 5 Fashion and Textiles curriculum encourages creativity, sustained investigation, analysis, experimentation, and practical making as a means of developing technical skills and valuing individual expression. Textile Design encompasses a very broad range of materials, techniques and processes, including a growing number of interdisciplinary approaches. These comprise woven, embroidered, knitted, printed, painted, dyed, manipulated, embellished and constructional methods which are utilised to produce a great variety of textile outcomes that include costume and fashion design, accessories and body adornment. The range is increasing as new materials and technologies emerge. The course guides students through a programme of study which draws upon their experiences of the world and can reflect their personal interests while also developing imagination and critical and reflective thinking.  A particular strength of the Key Stage 5 curriculum is its focus on teaching students to innovate, adapt and work independently.  Students learn to think critically and analytically; they are supported to experiment and take risks and as a result most will progress and achieve far more in two years than they would have thought possible. 

Course content and outline 

YEAR 12 

  • A series of workshops aimed at introducing students to a new, more mature and independent approach to working. 

  • Exploration of various themes and textiles media including materials which previously may not have been considered a textile.  This includes a more in-depth understanding of the formal elements of art. 

  • Substantial guided learning about artists, artistic disciplines and movements; students develop their critical thinking and analytical skills and have the opportunity to study and learn from artists and movements that particularly interest them. 

  • Participation in workshops run by various galleries in London 

  • Working to complete a comprehensive themed project 

YEAR 13 

  • Continue working on themed project 

  • Exam 

What are the major assessments this year? 

The Eduqas Art and Design: Textile's course is a two-year, linear qualification. 

Assessment incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. 

Component 1: Personal Investigation, making up 60% (120 marks) of the qualification; this is internally assessed, and externally moderated. 

Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.  The personal study will be evidenced through both practical, annotated development work as well as critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images.  

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, make up the remaining 40% (80 marks) of the qualification; this is internally assessed and externally moderated.  Students are issued the questions from the 1st February of their final assessment year and my choose from one of 12 starting points.  

What do assessments test? 

All work is assessed internally, using four equally weighted assessment objectives (AOs). 

AO1:  Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.  

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.  

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.  

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.  

What are the expectations of my daughter in A level Fashion & Textiles?

Pupils should turn up to their lessons with all their equipment, including any additional reading and tasks completed. They need to have a positive attitude towards learning and participate to the best of their ability every lesson. Pupils are also expected to review key concept from every lesson and complete all homework to the best of their ability.  Pupils should also complete extra independent work.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in A level Fashion & Textiles?

In the first instance, please get your child to talk to their teacher about how we can support them further and offer them targeted advice and ways to help. They may suggest extra resources to aid their work or further research tasks.

How can I best support my daughter in A Level Fashion & Textiles?

Ensure your child is completing all coursework to the best of their ability and all deadlines are met. Encourage your child to review all theory content to develop their recall knowledge and to encourage regular independent visits to art galleries and museums

Whom should I contact for further advice or information? 

For more information, please contact Mrs Pearce, Curriculum Leader for Design and