The A Level in Textile Design is a unique and engaging course that supports students to develop their interests in fashion design and garment construction. You’ll explore a wide range of techniques and processes to allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of shape, form, texture, pattern and colour. The information below shares some of the topics you will study, and how these develop if you choose to specialise in Textile Design.

Some of the topics of this subject include:

- Fashion design

- Surface pattern

- Machine embroidery

- Felt making

- Dyeing

- Pattern cutting


Grade 4 in GCSE Textiles or a relevant GCSE Art subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered. 

For those with a passion for Textiles, studying this subject at A Level allows you express yourself imaginatively and creatively through the art of costume design. Studying with a TES Shortlisted ‘Teacher of the Year’, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in embroidery and garment construction, while researching the work of inspirational artists and designers to influence and hone your individual style. You will have the opportunity to showcase your designs at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, in a spectacular end of year fashion show. This is supported with work experience opportunities, residential visits, and the opportunity to undertake additional enrichment activities.


Textile Design is an essential course if you’re hoping to pursue a career in fashion or textile design. Over 85% of Textile Design students at HNC successfully progress to a range of university courses including costume design, fashion marketing, surface pattern design and fashion buying.

Good to Know

The UK fashion industry, including Fashion Retail, is estimated to support 850,000 jobs, and is the fastest growing sector of the creative industries.