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Information Technology in a Global Society International Baccalaureate at Knole Academy

Course description

Course description:

The ITGS course consists of three strands that reflect the integrated nature of the course.

• Strand 1: Social and ethical significance

• Strand 2: Application to specified scenarios

• Strand 3: IT systems


Strand 1: Social and ethical significance

Social and ethical considerations linked to specified IT developments. Students must study the following issues - Reliability and integrity, Security, Privacy and anonymity, Intellectual property, Authenticity, The digital divide and equality of access, Surveillance, Globalization and cultural diversity, Policies, Standards and protocols, People and machines, Digital citizenship.


Strand 2: Application to specified scenarios

Scenarios based on real-life situations must be used when addressing specified IT developments. We will study the following topics - Business and employment, Education and training, Environment, Health, Home and leisure, Politics and government.


Strand 3: IT systems

The terminology, concepts and tools relating to specified IT developments. The topics are - Hardware, Software, Networks, Internet, Personal and public communications, Multimedia/digital media, Databases, Spreadsheets, modelling and simulations, Introduction to project management, IT systems in organisations, Robotics, artificial intelligence and expert systems, Information systems specific to the annually issued case study.

Type of assessment

Format of assessment

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Paper 1

Four structured responses



Paper 2

Written response to previously unseen article



Paper 3

Four questions based on pre-seen case study







Written report

Development of an original IT product for a specified client




Entry requirements

Five or more GSE qualifications at grade 4+ or above, including English and Mathematics at grade 5.


Students will be assessed throughout Year 1 through internal assessment, mock exams and, where available, external exams. Students need to demonstrate strong performance in all assessments to gain entry to Year 2.

Future opportunities

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years