As part of the IT curriculum, pupils at Meadow Park School are taught a range of computing skills. Business Studies gives you the opportunity to learn about the many areas of business and how these are applied in real-life situations. You will be able study how small, national, and international businesses are operated and explore the basics of starting up a new business venture. You will also gain a good understanding of enterprise, human resources, marketing, and finance. Choose Business Studies as an option and you will have the chance to develop business skills in a vocational context that you can apply to any career.
IT at KS3
At KS3, each unit covers specific IT or computing skills. For example, in Y7, the ‘Game On’ unit which introduces programming using Scratch and the ‘Animal Rescue’ unit, which teaches spreadsheet skills.
In all Key Stages, pupils are taught to use different software applications which range from design and development applications to office applications.
Students currently choosing IT at KS4 study the Edexcel CiDA course. This is a vocational course which requires two units to be studied.
BTEC Level 3 IT
Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information
This is an advanced database unit whereby students will learn to normalise tables of data and design a usable Entity Relationship Diagram, from the students are then taught to create a working database with usable interfaces and advanced queries and reports.
Unit 3 – Using social media in Business
In this unit students are taught how businesses use social media to help promote themselves. They also learn to create social media profiles for a business and then use those social media pages to promote the business.
Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems
This is a theoretical unit. In this unit students are taught about different types of technologies online and offline, they are then taught how these are used by businesses, individuals, and groups of people.
Unit 6 – Website Development