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Prince William School

KS4 curriculum

At the start of Year 10 we work through a series of small practical projects to build up the knowledge and skills required for the NEA and the examination. (NEA= Non Examined Assessment) The NEA will start in June of Year 10, in line with AQA guidelines.

Fibres and fabrics (traditional, technical and smart), their source, construction, properties and end uses.

Different approaches to designing, developing and manufacturing innovative and creative textile products (fashion, accessories, soft furnishings)

Analysing the work of fashion and textile designers

Industrial manufacture

Environmental, sustainable, ethical and moral issues


  • Various construction and decorative textile techniques e.g. seams, edges, quilting, applique, embroidery, silk painting, printing (Hand and Machine)
  • Pattern adaption and construction, modelling and testing of ideas
  • Research skills, Analysing and evaluating work of professionals and individuals
  • Planning and using time effectively
  • Organising and managing resources efficiently
  • Examination techniques
  • Written reports and specifications for portfolio


The new specification starting in September 2017 will be assessed as follows;

50% Major controlled assessment (NEA) Textiles project including one A3 portfolio and practical outcome/Prototype

50% one 2 hour written examination. This exam will be taken by all students studying a Design subject. It will cover the core elements common to Design and Technology and will require students to have some understanding of a range of materials.

Career Opportunities:

Textiles covers a wide range of transferable skills that can help students to prepare for their future careers. However those careers more specifically linked to Textiles include: Fashion, Textile and Interior designers, Fashion buying and marketing, Textile technologist, Theatrical costume and Visual merchandiser.

  • Exam structure/weightings
  • Career  opportunities
  • As above


Year Group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 10

Design Task Fibres and Fabrics

Design and Make Task

Fabric Construction


Design and Make Task

Fabric finishes

Design and make task

Construction techniques


Design and make task

Care of fabrics


June 1st Begin NEA

Work on Task analysis and research

Year 11

NEA  Design and development


NEA Making


NEA Making


Term 4 Completion of NEA Portfolio

Term 5

Examination Preparation

Term 6