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Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.


Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Computing. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics. 


Subject Benchmark Statement: Computing

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

Subject Benchmark Statement: Computing - The Basics

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

About this subject


Computing is concerned with the understanding, design and exploitation of computation and computer technologies. It is a discipline that:

  • blends elegant theories (including those derived from a range of other disciplines such as mathematics, engineering, psychology, graphic design, or well-founded experimental insight) with the solution of immediate practical problems
  • underpins the development of both small and large-scale systems that are secure, reliable, usable and support organisational goals 
  • helps individuals in their everyday lives and realise their career aspirations 
  • is pervasive, ubiquitous and diversely applied to a range of applications, and important components are often invisible to the naked eye.

Computing provides an intellectually rich, innovative and creative subject discipline in one of the most pervasive aspects of modern life. It requires a disciplined approach to problem-solving, and blends theory from multiple disciplines like mathematics, engineering, and graphical design with the solution of practical problems.

Dr Alan Hayes - Chair of the Advisory Group
Senior Lecturer, University of Bath

This new guidance is intended to reflect the rapidly evolving landscape of Computing and Computer Science education as it responds to changes in the digital and technological landscape. The revised Statement has received considerable support from across the subject community and I hope it will serve us well in supporting the development of high quality, innovative courses that consolidate the UK’s position as an international leader in Computing and Computer Science education.

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