Design & Technology
In Design and Technology, students develop a wide range of technical skills and subject-specific knowledge. We cover numerous topics including Food & Nutrition, Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Material, and Systems and Control. The intention is for our students is to reach Year 9 with a palette of high-quality experiences, from which they can draw in later life.
ICT & Computing
Computing at KGGS in KS3 is made up of a challenging and interesting curriculum which is a mixture of digital literacy skills, online and E Safety, and computer science. It is aimed at increasing students' knowledge of how computer systems work and developing their ability to be creators by exploring the basics or programming, as well as improving their digital literacy. The topics taught are continually being reviewed and follow government guidelines.
Design & Technology
DT at GCSE engages students in the process of designing and making a range of worthwhile projects. It develops effective and independent thinking and combines skills with knowledge and understanding. Students will develop their decision-making skills and creativity through both their design and practical experiences. Evaluative skills are also key in Design & Technology at KS4, as students review their design briefs when they are developed and made.
GCSE Computer Science provides students the opportunity to work with a variety of technologies. The qualification has been designed so that students will be digitally literate, with an up-to-date understanding of the digital world around them, and able to use ICT to investigate and solve problems.
The business studies department at KGGS aims to give you an appreciation of what businesses do, how they do it, why they do it and whether they do it successfully. The course strives to give you an understanding of business concepts such as enterprise, marketing, finance, Human Resources, recruitment, and share ownership, illustrated through real businesses and business issues.
The economics department at KGGS aims to give you an appreciation of how the economy affects everyone of us, whether we like it or not. The course will give you an understanding of the basic economic problem: how to make the best of what we have.
For more information about the KS4 Enterprise Courses, please see the KGGS KS4 Options Booklet (PDF)
Design & Technology
You can take one of two A Levels offered by the Department of Design and Technology: 3D Design or Textiles. The department will run one or both depending on student choice.
Both courses have been completely re-written and are open to students who have an interest in specific areas of design and technology such as textiles or 3D design skills such as workshop, graphics and resistant materials.
'Computing' and 'Computer Science' are terms used interchangeably, but what are they? Studying these aspects of computing will enable you to be not just educated users of technology, but the innovators capable of designing new computers and programs to improve the quality of life for everyone. It is not an exaggeration to say that our lives depend upon computer systems and the people who maintain them to keep us safe on the road and in air. Whilst it is linked to ICT, our A level Computing course is not ICT, which, by contrast, is a skills-based course focusing, typically, on the use of applications often to solve business problems.
It's all about the money, right? Well, that's a part of it of course, but what about:
- The ethics of business?
- The human relations side of business?
- The creative marketing side of business?
The course involves studying in some detail how today's businesses carry out their various functions, including marketing, finance, operations management (production) and human resources (people). The course also looks at how outside activities affect business and, in turn, how businesses react to these.
Economics studies everything from the plight of the polar bear to the fear of a "bear market"--the first is about climate change, the second is about the stock market! Economics is therefore the study of everything that improves or worsens our quality of life. If you are interested in income, wealth and distribution, and you think analysing economic and resourcing problems, you will enjoy this advanced level course.
For information on Enterprise and all A Level courses beginning in September – please see the Sixth Form Admissions page.