Computing & ICT, Business Studies & Economics
Computing & ICT
GBHS students learn Computing and ICT to…
- Become responsible safe users of technology and online services.
- Be curious, creative and competent collaborators for the 21st century.
- Computer Science at GBHS produces Pattern Finding, Problem Solving, Practical Thinkers.
The courses we run
Computer science is a compulsory subject and is taught to all of our students at KS3. At KS4 students will follow a BTEC Digital Information Technology course and may also choose to take the OCR GCSE Computer Science.
Within the sixth form, Information Communication Technology is a very popular choice with students making good progress and many going on to study IT and computing related courses at university level. Our sixth form courses are the AQA L3 Technical Award Cyber Security course and the Cambridge Technical Award L3 in ICT.
Learning from home and useful websites
The best way to support your child outside of the classroom is to help them keep up to date with ever changing technology stories as they are reported in the daily news. Additionally we encourage students to watch BBC Click! , Channel 5’s The Gadget Show and other technology and computing based media output.
It is not necessary for students to have access to any particular suite of software at home but within the faculty our most used programmes are the Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Design & Web Premium CS6 application software packages.
For programming we use Scratch, Python and HTML. These are available online and free to use as is the music manipulation software Audacity.
If a student struggles with computer access at home they are very welcome to use the facilities in school, either in the library at break and lunch or in M18 after school each Tuesday - Friday.
Some useful websites:
We also hold computer club Tuesday - Friday open to all students until 4.00 p.m. We offer opportunities to complete coursework, homework, build on software skills and start new projects.
Business Studies & Economics
It is our aim within the Business Studies and Economics department to ensure that our students gain an interesting and enjoyable understanding of the wider business environment, learning about cutting edge, modern companies and organisations whilst becoming more aware of the world around them and how it affects their future.
Business is a subject that is continually evolving and is especially interesting for students who have never studied it before, where hopefully we will discover the next “Apprentice” or future “Dragons Den” entrepreneurs!
In economics we are hoping to shape the understanding of how both the national and international economy works. Economics is studied at A level and we engage students in considering the causes and solutions to national and global economic problems such as BREXIT, the energy crisis, inequality and world poverty.
Courses we run
It is a very popular option at Key Stage 4 where currently we offer two courses - Edexcel GCSE Business Studies and BTEC First Award in Enterprise Level 2.
In the sixth form, Edexcel Business Studies and Edexcel Economics are offered at A level and Level 3 Cambridge Technical; Business which is a double A level equivalent. These subjects are among the most popular chosen subjects in the whole sixth form.
Items of interest
Business and Economics at Great Baddow are all about reality and so learning resources are based on "real" organisations and applying theory within those situations. Being such a vibrant subjects means that what we study can also be continually updated and made more relevant. We regularly take students on trips to different organisations to ensure that their theory can be seen put in practice. Other outside speakers from local businesses also come into lessons to highlight the real nature of the subject to students.
Business syllabuses are designed to encourage students to think and act like business people and from their very first lesson they will actively participate in a variety of situations designed to stimulate their imagination and to encourage them to make decisions based upon their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students will learn about how businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. Students learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them. Our vocational courses enhance the applied nature of the subject where Students are required to complete coursework which will draw on their skills, knowledge and understanding of business.
Economics is about how scarce resources are most efficiently used. Mankind's wants are unlimited but the resources with which these desires can be fulfilled are limited. Hence choices must be made about what is actually produced. Economics is about the factors which ought to be considered when making these choices. Should we continue to produce more cars? Should the Government use taxation to encourage people to make fewer journeys? While the above is the very heart of economics, most will be more familiar with it as the subject which considers such issues as unemployment and inflation. What causes these and how can they be cured? Just how much can a government control or influence a market economy? Moreover, should it try to control the economy at al.
Great Baddow Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual education through ICT Business & Enterprise
The ICT curriculum at Great Baddow High School enables students to consider and produce work that meets the needs of different audiences within the community. Students’ are encouraged to research and work collaboratively to find appropriate solutions to issues that may affect particular groups within society. Students are able to develop their skills in a range of software in groups to find solutions whilst developing respect for the ideas and opinions of other students. Students look closely at the impact of ICT on society and the implications of the digital divide, identifying and offering solutions to issues caused by a lack of access to new and emerging technologies. Students in Business studies are expected to research the needs of local business, they are encouraged to engage with the impact of competition and targeting on those businesses in order to identify solutions for small business in a difficult economic environment.
By looking at real world situations students are able consider the issues surrounding the misuse of personal data. The use of case studies encourages students to draw conclusions through evidence rather than their preconceptions whilst allow the students the time to reflect on their own personal perceptions of a topic. Students explore the use and misuse of advertising techniques by companies in relation to their use of music, images, personal opinions and statistics. Students are then able to develop their own morals by viewing the impacts of advertising. In Economics students are exposed through real life case studies to the morality of specific economic models. They research the effects of taxation, inflation and unemployment and examine how those policies have external effects on the population as a whole
The students’ use of social networks is explored including how different nations censor the internet for their citizens and how this impacts on the culture. Students are also challenged to think about how differing cultures access and use the internet and what implications this has on the individual and the culture. The students are encouraged through participation in events held by the local CBI to involve themselves in the different promotional opportunities that are relevant to local businesses. This can involve social networking and the explosion of access to global markets through the internet.
Students are always reflecting on ICT in their own lives and the lives of others as they look at various case studies. Students debate and together create their own set of values and beliefs based on their own experiences. Students will look at how ICT can bring rapid benefits to discussions and tolerance to an individual’s beliefs. They are also exposed to the abuse of the internet where they question and justify the aims, values and principles of their own and others’ belief systems. Business students study various models for business success including the not for profit or charity sectors. They research motivational factors that enhance the social aspects of working life and gain an understanding of how entrepreneurship can make a difference in real people’s lives.