Computer Applications Technology was introduced in 2007, with the restructuring of the SA curriculum. The subject replaced Computer Studies Standard Grade and Compu-typing.

Ighshaan is the Deputy Director of CAT and IT and is based at the Head Office in Cape Town. He reports the Chief Education Specialist, Carina Labuschangne, DBE in Pretoria. The Western Cape Education Department has ____ CAT Curriculum Advisors and their role is to facilitate and support CAT teachers at the schools. I am based at the Metro North Education District and I support ____ schools.

One of the major issues that learners have with the subject is that it is not on the Designated list of subjects that helps learners attain a Bachelors Pass at the end of their school career.

What is Computer Applications Technology? (CAT)

Computer Applications Technology is a study of the integrated components of a computer system (hardware and software) and the practical techniques for their efficient use and application to solve everyday problems. The solutions to problems are designed, managed and processed via end-user applications and communicated using appropriate information and communication technologies (ICT’s). ICT are the combination of networks, hardware and software as well as the means of communication, collaboration and engagement that enable the processing, management and exchange of data, information and knowledge.

Specific aims for Computer Applications Technology

In Computer Applications Technology a learner will:

  • use end-user software applications proficiently to produce solutions to problems within a defined scenario;
  • understand the concepts of ICTs with regard to the technologies that make up a computing system;
    understand the various technologies, standards and protocols involved in the electronic transmission of data via a computer-based network;
  • use the Internet and the WWW and understand the role that the Internet plays as part of the global information superhighway;
  • find authentic and relevant information, process the information to draw conclusions, make decisions and communicate the findings in appropriate presentation media; and
  • recognise the legal, ethical, environmental, social, security and health issues related to the use of ICTs and learn how to ICT’s responsibly.