Last Year Sixth Formers Coursework In Designing A Leaflet Abo

*New for 2017*

The College runs three design courses. D&T Design Engineering and Product Design allow students to explore CAD modelling, drawing and presentation techniques and has an integral 3D element involving model making and use of workshop machinery. Graphic Communication encourages free expression and focuses on font work and the relationship between typography and image leading to purely 2D outcomes. Both Design Engineering and Product Design courses lead to the same qualification so cannot be taken together, however the Graphic Communication has some complementary overlaps which mean it can be taken alongside one of the DT subjects by students who wish to specialise in design at a higher level.

The D&T Design Engineering course is compatible with most other Linear A-level courses, depending on your chosen career path. They include Art & Design, Graphic Communication, Photography, Business Studies, Mathematics and Physics. The exact combination can lead to different career options and can be discussed with staff at enrolment events.

First Year

The Design Engineering A-level is a new specification for 2017. The first year of the course is divided into separate modules, commencing with an induction course.

Through the Design Engineering course you will undertake a broad approach to iterative design and gain skills to communicate visually through coursework projects and theoretical knowledge. Design Engineering coursework is focused towards mechanical engineering, mechatronics and electronic products and systems. Analysis of products in respect of function, operation, components and materials is used to understand their application and uses with a view of commercial viability. Design sketching forms a part of the course as does using Maths to underpin  technical considerations.

The use of industry standard CAD software is included in the course, alongside more traditional skills such as rendering, marker pen work and presentation. 3D modelling is integrated with 2D graphic techniques to develop outstanding skills. Integral to the course is the iterative design process. Through the course you will become an independent learner and you will gain an understanding of, and simulate the work of professional engineers in their project work.

Second Year

A focus on implementing the skills learnt in the first year will lead to high quality coursework outcomes. A folder of work will lead to a quality prototype model and work suitable for portfolios.

Unit 1

Principles of Design Engineering

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Unit 2

Problem Solving in Design Engineering

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Unit 3

Iterative Design Project

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Design Engineering

 Methods of Teaching and Learning

A series of focused design tasks are set, that are organised so that you develop a wide range of design skills and understanding.


We hold talks from visiting industry professionals, and visits are made to the New Designers exhibition in London.  In addition, we encourage you to collaborate with the robotics club to develop their understanding of electronics programming.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is undertaken by a combination of coursework assessment and written/design examination. There is a Maths content in the examined unit equalling 25% of the grade. This is at higher tier GCSE maths level and will be taught as part of the theory content for the course.


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop your studies through a range of Higher Education courses. These include: Engineering, 2D and 3D degree courses, architecture, interior design and CAD/CAM based manufacturing courses.


Design and Technology has a purpose built suite of rooms complete with a design studio and workshop including a range of industry standard CNC machines. We have also added a suite of 3D printers which allow students to explore 3D design options quickly and accurately.


You will need a studio kit of graphic materials. Kits will be available by an external supplier nominated by the college. The cost of these items is approximately £40. Access to a PC at home will be an advantage as you will be able to download CAD software. You will also be required to pay around £30 towards materials for your major project and home access to 3D modelling software. The cost of all trips will be your responsibility. Financial assistance is available if required.

Some highlights from Design Technology 2016!


Waingels believes that an Art and Design curriculum is essential to the cultural well-being of our students. Through the observation and exploration of the visual, they can gain a greater understanding of the world that they live in. Students are enabled to become independent learners through an engaging and challenging curriculum which aims to equip students with the knowledge to develop their creative ability. The chance for children to express themselves creatively is highly valued and encourages our students to become resourceful, innovative and creative adults.

Years 7 & 8
Students are able to engage with a number of Art and Design techniques throughout year seven and eight. Textiles, ceramics, graphics, painting, photography, drawing, printmaking woodwork, metalwork and CAD are all offered as individual projects.  Students’ enjoyment of these specialisms is reflected in the popularity of our extra curricular activities and numbers of students choosing to study Art and Design beyond Year Nine.

Year 9 – Transition Year
At the end of year eight, students have a choice of creative subjects to study. Within the Art and Design curriculum subjects on offer are Textiles, Graphics, 3D Design and Fine Art. Giving the students the opportunity to study a choice of these subjects in a more focused way leads to faster progress, and an excellent foundation if students chose to continue the subject into GCSE. 

Years 10 & 11

At GCSE students can chose to study Photography, Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles and 3D Design. The courses are scaffolded in such a way to provide a secure knowledge of basic processes and techniques (for example Photoshop and Screen Printing in Graphics). Ideas are generated from looking at, and being inspired by the work of Artists and Makers. We encourage students to pursue highly personalised themes in their coursework to allow them to engage fully in their creative endeavours.

The department is well resourced, with interactive Smart Boards, a dedicated Apple Mac suite, printing press, dark room, kiln, screen-printing facilities, laser cutter, two fully equipped workshops, Art and Design library and specialist Graphics and Textiles studios. We also have a rolling exhibition space in the Community zone, which is curated by our Art Technician.

We follow the OCR Art and Design specification which can be found here. Students are supported through invited intervention sessions and we like to keep the studios open as much as possible for students to be able to work in and access resources after school.

Careers & Future Study

The creative industries are some of the UK’s most successful, varied and fastest growing sectors. They provide millions of fulfilling job opportunities, some of which will be explored within the curriculum. Please see our new Art and Design Alumni Page and the following excellent websites featuring careers in the Arts:

Sixth Form

Photography and Art, Craft and Design are currently taught at A Level at Waingels. With our excellent facilities and track record of success you can be confident that taking an Art A level at Waingels will provide you with an in-depth, enjoyably and challenging study of a creative area of your choice. A highly personalised coursework project leads to exciting and authentic outcomes for students. For example, last year a behind the scenes tour of Reading Football club led to a dynamic design for six posters celebrating the clubs history. And a trip to the Vision exhibition at the Science museum resulted in an A*Textiles project looking at the eye and mark making. An exquisite sketchbook was produced alongside the project with annotation in braille so that visually impaired audiences could access it.

Art, Craft and Design

Our Art, Craft and Design course aims to support all creative learners in their chosen area of study. Painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, textiles and graphics are all available to our students to pursue, with many opting for more mixed media approached to their work. A designated sixth form classroom is available for students to work in during their free periods.


Researching the work of other photographers, past and present, and finding your own voice are some of our broad aims for the Photography A Level. The course allows students to explore a wide range of photographic skills including non-lens based media and techniques, developing and printing black and white (B&W) film as well as studio techniques and location photography. Students will learn the importance of formal elements of design in composition, and the role of photography in visual communication in historical and contemporary contexts.

Both courses are delivered through OCR and have a 3000 word Related Study that runs alongside the course.

Extra Curricular opportunities

We are very proud of the range of creative activities that students can take part in at Waingels. We have a very popular Craft Club that runs all year, where students have made dream catchers, learnt to knit and cross stitched cool quotes. Alongside that we run a range of one off activities that students at various years can get involved with. For example, helping create the school play set or designing large-scale work to be included on the hoarding for the River Thames festival.

A range of creative competitions are help every year. Last year two photography competitions and a 3D competition proved very popular with parents, staff and students getting involved. Outcomes are often displayed on the TV screens around the school and in our dedicated Art exhibition space. We are also looking to expand on our Art Ambassador scheme this year, to recruit more students in helping us spread the word about how fantastic Art subjects are and to help with exhibitions and other events we run.

Art and Design Blog

Please have a look at vast array of creative work we get up to in the Art and Design department at our blog: Keep your eyes peeled for new Twitter and Instagram accounts coming this year.

Subject Leader: Miss S Richardson


Ms L U'ren

Miss K Goldswain

Miss L Davis

Mrs A Gahir

Mr J Cook

Mr A Navarro- Art & Design Technician 




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