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IB ITGS at King Ethelbert School

Course description

The IB Diploma Programme Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts. This course will also encourage students to use their knowledge of IT systems and practical IT skills to justify IT solutions for a specified client or end-user (Internal Assessment).
ITGS has a common core consisting of interconnected three strands (ITGS Triangle): 
• Social and Ethical Significance 
• Application to specified scenarios 
• IT systems 
The course will focus on the interrelationships so that at the end of the course the students will appreciate the connections between all three.

Course content

ITGS is a subject that:

· Focuses on the systematic and critical study of human experience and behaviour relating to the relationship between human beings and information and communication technologies (IT systems).

· Requires students to have sufficient technical knowledge of IT systems to be able to make informed decisions about their use (digital wisdom in contrast to digital literacy).

· Discusses the moral and ethical issues leading to informed decisions being made about the development, implementation, use and disposal of IT systems.

· Discusses the social impacts that may result from the development, implementation, use and disposal of IT systems.

Requires students to be able to competently use a range of digital technologies (digital literacy).

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades including English and Maths


IB Assessments: 
• External Assessments-80% 
1. Paper 1 (2 hours) 
Seven structured questions in three sections that assess in an 
integrated way the three strands of the syllabus. 
a) Section A Students answer two of three structured 
questions on any of the core topics 
b) Section B Students answer one of two structured questions 
based on 3.10 “ IT systems in organizations” 
c) Section C Students answer one of two structured questions 
based on topic 3.11 “Robotics, artificial intelligence and 
expert systems”. 
2. Paper 2 (1 hour 15 minutes) 
This paper consists of one unseen article. Students are required to 
write a response to this article. 
3. Paper 3 (1 hour 15 minutes)
Four questions based on a pre-seen case study. 
IB Internal Assessment-20% 
o Project: The development of an original IT product for a specified client. 
Students must produce: 
o A cover page using prescribed format 
o An original IT product 

Future opportunities

ITGS is a valuable course. Developments in IT systems have effectively created a second industrial revolution. As the relationship between human beings and IT systems continues to evolve, ITGS will provide young people with the tools to address the effects of this revolution. Furthermore, ITGS will also uniquely prepare young people with the wisdom to be informed and responsible citizens of tomorrow. 

Further information

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years