The focus of computing at Shuttleworth College is to equip students with the ability to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate and able to express themselves and develop their ideas through their use of information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

We support literacy by…

embedding the correct use of subject specific terminology especially when answering exam questions. We also build on extensive writing to help with extended exam questions by providing structured answer support sheets to help build confidence.

We support numeracy by…

extensive programming tasks and Computational Thinking allowing students to think logically and independently. We also cover a topic on Binary that includes addition, conversion of Binary and Hex and the use of ASCII codes.

Student resources:

KS3 – Using the microbit:




KS4 – GCSE Computer Science:


BTEC Creative iMedia:                                                                                                                                                                 



How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?

At Key Stage 3, students will be set according to Key Stage 2 average point score. At Key stage 4, they are set in relation to options pathways.

How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?

  • Years 7-9 – 1 hour per week
  • Years 10-11 – 5 hours per fortnight

What are the career opportunities of this subject?

Amongst the wide variety of job opportunities presented by computing, careers in computer programming, software engineering, website/app design/development, computer game development, cybersecurity, networking,  and multimedia design are all excellent options.

What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?

In Computing we have a link with UKFast that enables students to participate in a trip to see how the business works.


Mrs. R. Boothman


Computing 5 Year Curriculum Map

Computing Curriculum Map 2020-21 (pdf)

Computing Syllabus

Syllabus – Computing (pdf)

“Whether you want to discover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.”

Professor Stephen Hawking