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Prince William School

KS4 curriculum

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

In addition, much of the theory is covered during Year 10. This includes;

  • Fibres and fabrics (traditional, technical and smart), their source, construction, properties and end uses.
  • Different approaches to designing, developing and manufacturing innovative and creative products (fashion, accessories, furnishings).
  • Analysing the work of past and contemporary designers.
  • Industrial manufacture.
  • Environmental, sustainable, ethical and moral issues.
  • Other elements of Design and Technology eg Resistant materials, Systems and Control, Product Design.


  • 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

Exam structure/weighting

The subject is assessed as follows;

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

The NEA is selected from 3 contexts provided by AQA. Students then develop their NEA from their chosen context.

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. There are a range of multiple choice, short response and longer essay type questions with an element of design in some cases.

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.


Year Group

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4

Cycle 5

Cycle 6

Year 10

Design Task Fibres and Fabrics

Other Design materials

Design and Make Task

Fabric Construction

Sustainability 1

Design and Make Task

Fabric finishes

Design and make task

Construction techniques


Design and make task

Care of fabrics


June 1st NEA issued

Consider options and prepare for NEA

Year 11

NEA Context and Research

Design and development


NEA Making


NEA Making


Completion of NEA Portfolio

Examination Preparation