The John Warner School

Art, Design, Technology and Engineering

Art, Design, Technology and Engineering

Art and Design

Course Description

The GCSE in art and design encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce a personal response that embraces a range of ideas.

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art & Design. This comprises of practical outcomes and supporting studies, in the form of three projects which are taught until the examination theme is set in Year 11. There will be 45  hours of controlled assessment tasks relating to the coursework unit, and a strong emphasis on drawing and recording throughout the portfolio. This is 60% of the final mark. Work completed in Year 9 feeds directly into the three coursework projects and can be used as part of the personal portfolio.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment. This is set by the examination board but taught by art staff in the run up to the examination. The examination is 10 hours of practical work resulting in a final outcome as well as preparatory studies. This is 40% of the final mark.

Assessment Format

Coursework amounts to 60% of the overall mark, externally set examination amounts to 40% of the overall mark. Both coursework and the externally set assignment are internally marked, and then a visiting moderator externally marks a sample of work. Coursework is marked at interim stages and then each project separately once they are completed and students will sit two 5 hour mock examinations throughout the two years so they are well prepared for the actual examination of 10 hours in the summer of the final year.


Design and Technology: Graphics

Course Description

This exciting and successful course combines the very best of graphic products and product design and has been updated into a new specification to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Students will undertake a range of projects based around the themes of architecture, regeneration and urban design.

This course extends and develops many of the elements you have experienced at key stage 3. It is multi-media in approach, with the design and manufacture central to all the activities. Through the theme of Urban Design, architecture and the Built Environment, you will be learning many design-based skills, including concept modelling, drawing techniques, presentation techniques, CAD and ICT skill such as Photoshop.  You will be exploring graphic design and how to communicate a range of messages to a range of people in an exciting and visual way.

The designer is central to the course, and we will be encouraging you to think and work like one. We will be looking at how they work in industry and the issues they have to consider. From the course you will gain a broad awareness of the importance and impact of design on the world and you will gain personal skills valuable for any future career.

The course is a GCSE and is a good foundation for the exciting and successful Post-16 course that we currently offer. You will have a clear understanding of how you are progressing, with the use of Go4Schools, and feedback is given throughout the course, helping you to improve and develop. You will get extensive support outside lessons, from the school’s Design website and extra sessions held throughout the year.

This area is appropriate for those of you who have abilities in the design, model making, or in the visual and graphic field, and wish to experience a broader understanding of design and technology. You would be expected to develop a more advanced personal design kit to be used at home and at school and undertake at least one hour a week work outside of lessons. ICT facilities at home will help, as a range of CAD software will be made available, but you can use the school’s extensive facilities outside lessons.

Assessment Format

The assessment is through a major project in Year 11 that counts for 50% and an examination that counts for 50% of the final grade. Throughout the courses you will be undertaking a range of design and make projects, which builds your skills and understanding of design, leading to a major project in Year 11, these can be either interior or exterior building based design and make projects. The examination is a standard examination, which includes some designing and analysing of designs, as well as knowledge of materials and processes. This is taught through lesson inputs, projects and home learning. This is all supported by the DT website.



Course Description

Have you ever wondered how engineered products progress from an idea in a designer’s head to the finished article ready for use? When a product is being designed to meet a need, crucial decisions must be taken. The designer must ask key questions about the product, for example what form might it take; what functions must it fulfil; what user and performance requirements must be included; and what materials should be used to make it fit for purpose.

An Engineer is responsible for all these things and should have the ability to solve problems and be curious about the world around them. You may be the type of person who likes to see how things work, enjoy building and making things or hav e a deep interest in the world around you.

Units that you will study will include:

Award (1 GCSE equivalent)

Unit 1 - The Engineering world, external assessment

Unit 2 - Investigating an engineering Product, internal assessment

Unit 9- Interpreting and using engineering information, external assessment

Unit 10 -Mathematics for engineering, internal assessment

Plus one or two optional units to a total of 240 credits

Unit 8 - Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture                           

Unit 5 - Engineering Materials                                                   

Unit 6 - Computer Aided Engineering                                     

Unit 12 - Engineering Design                                      

Unit 11 - Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering

Unit 3 - Health and Safety in Engineering              


Assessment Format

One online examination

One written examination

Four coursework assessed units


Mr Stuart Higham