Head of Department

Mr D.J. FutcherBSc, QTS

Becoming literate in how the technical world works is equivalent to reading, writing and maths. We need to look at this fourth literacy as mainstream. If you don’t really understand how the digital world functions you’re really living in a world where you don’t have the creative and innovation skills that are going to be needed in the future economy.

Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation

Digital Literacy (Fourth Form)

The digital literacy course has two main objectives. Firstly to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills, and behaviours when using digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs and secondly, to introduce them to some key principles of computing and computer science.

Students have one Digital Literacy lesson a week and through the course of the year they study the following topics:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Databases and data representation
  • Programming

The topic base is a broad one and by the end of the course students have a solid foundation of knowledge and are prepared for further study in Digital Literacy and in particular Computing at a higher level.


At GCSE we follow the Edexcel Computer Science course. This specification enables students to apply computational thinking in context, across both examined and non-examined assessments (NEA). It builds the students’ ability to think computationally, within the context of a single scenario, and prepares students for real-world computer challenges. Computational thinking is integrated throughout the content to embed this essential approach to the subject.

The qualification is assessed within 3 key components:

1) Principles of Computer Science

2) Application of Computational Thinking

3) Computer Science Project.

Components 1 and 2 are examined and component 3 is a non-examined supervised assessment. The main topic areas include problem solving, programming, data, computers, communication and the internet and the bigger picture.

The course in general is both stimulating and academically challenging.