Course Overview

The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop a range of skills in relation to felt making, silk paper making, hand and machine embroidery, various methods of print and surface decoration, fabric manipulation, pattern cutting and garment construction. This is taught initially through a six week induction period at the beginning of the AS year, and then through personal responses to unit themes and externally set assignments provided by the exam board.
Students produce a body of work for all units, following the art process from initial research and starting points, through development and experimentation towards a final response in the form of a finished piece. Alongside their development work, students research a range of relevant artists and designers to gain inspiration for their own creative ideas and themes. Students will also analyse existing designs, extracting techniques and methods of working, which can be mapped onto practical experimentations.
Students' studio-based practice is contextualised with visits to exhibitions of contemporary art alongside references to work in the College Gallery and the library's excellent facilities. Also, during the summer term students' outstanding achievements are celebrated in an exhibition of work as part of the final show.
The Textiles programme provides students with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and creatively using a range of media. It is a demanding course but very enjoyable and rewarding.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4)

Minimum of grade 4 in English.

A grade 4 or above in GCSE Art & Design or an associated subject such as Graphic Design. In exceptional cases, students will be accepted onto the course without having studied GCSE Art providing they can present a good portfolio of work at interview.

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Students will have the opportunity to meet visiting artists to gain a deeper understanding of the design industry and will be working upon live industry led briefs.

We also have links with BCU & Coventry University, where workshops with portfolio advice and help is at hand with students. We also have past Cadbury College students who are currently studying at university will be on hand to answer any questions with regards to higher education.

Course Outline

Personal Investigation

This unit begins with a six week teacher led ‘induction’ which explores a wide range of media and techniques to inspire the imagination and develop your abilities. This unit covers experimental drawing and painting techniques, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media work including digital experimentation.

This unit allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, refine ideas towards producing resolves outcome(s).

  •     This will involve:
  •     Developing ideas
  •     Exploring media, developing and applying skills
  •     Researching, recording, analysing and reviewing
  •     Creating and presenting outcome(s)

    This unit will include a written element as part of your visual investigation. You can explore the theory of art and/or a range of artistic styles that have influenced you in your own artwork.

External Assignment

    This unit is an externally set assignment. You will have 15 hours usually after Easter break to create a final piece of artwork under exam conditions.


The majority of the course is all coursework with the exception of Component 2, where the final outcome is carried out under exam conditions (15 hours).




Bethan Pinnock

"The Textiles course has been an amazing experience, with really good facilities and excellent tuition, giving you the freedom to express your inner creativity"
Bethan Pinnock

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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