IB IT in the Global Society

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. ITGS explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitised information at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgements and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts.

This course enables the student to evaluate social and ethical considerations arising from the widespread use of IT by individuals, families, communities, organisations and societies at the local and global level.  

Further, it develops the student’s understanding of the capabilities of current and emerging IT systems and to evaluate their impact on a range of stakeholders.  

The IBCP aims to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to fulfil the aims of the IB, as expressed in the organisation’s mission statement and the learner profile. Teaching and learning in the IBCP represents the reality in daily practice of the organisation’s educational philosophy.

ITGS requires students to develop a product that would be suitable for a client. The aim of this assessment is to prepare students for the workplace.  

  • ITGS is the perfect platform to study social informatics at university level.  
  • The ITGS course is based on three interconnected strands: social and ethical significance, application to specified scenarios, and IT systems.  
  • The ITGS triangle lies at the heart of the pedagogy. With an understanding of the information technologies, students must be able to evaluate social/ethical issues in specified scenarios. 
  • ITGS requires students to have strong research and higher order thinking skills.   


Subjects covered:

  • Strand 1: Social and Ethical Significance SL/HL core
  • Strand 2: Application to specified scenarios SL/HL core
  • Strand 3: IT systems SL/HL core
  • The project (practical application of IT skills)

How will it be delivered?

External assessment for ITGS HL (4 hours 45 minutes): 80% 

  • Paper 1 (2 hours 15 minutes): 35% 
  • Paper 2 (1 hour 15 minutes): 20%
  • Paper 3 (1 hour 15 minutes): 25%

Internally Assessed ITGS Project (30 hours): 20% 

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-5 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.

Your next steps...

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Future courses and possible careers:

  • Project Manager 
  • Social Informatics
  • Teacher
  • System Analysis