What is accreditation?
In almost every profession, one of the things that the professional bodies which regulate that profession do is check the quality of relevant degree programmes, and then accredit those programmes that meet their criteria. In computing, these activities are run by the British Computer Society (BCS), who accredit degree programmes as meeting the educational requirements for the various professional qualifications that they can subsequently award. Each of these qualifications also has requirements for professional experience, to be achieved once you have graduated, but knowing that your degree would meet the relevant educational requirements provides you with a guarantee that the degree programme is of high quality.
Which professional qualifications are relevant?
The BCS can award any of the following three professional qualifications.
- Chartered Information Technology Professional, which is the broadest one of the three, and is awarded by the BCS itself. This qualification entitles you to put the letters CITP after your name.
- Chartered Engineer, which the BCS awards on behalf of the Engineering Council to those who are working in areas such as software engineering. This qualification entitles you to put the letters CEng after your name.
- Chartered Scientist, which the BCS awards on behalf of the Science Council to those who are working in scientific applications of computing. This qualification entitles you to put the letters CSci after your name.
Accreditation of our courses
As part of the accreditation process, an accreditation panel from the BCS visits the Department of Computer Science on a periodic basis. The most recent of these visits was in November 2012, to review the accreditation of our degrees for the next five years. The panel was very impressed with the quality of our courses, and on the basis of their recommendations the BCS agreed to accredit our programmes as detailed below.
Some of these professional qualifications require education to Master’s level, and so each accreditation is at two levels. Simplifying slightly, some degrees are considered to partially meet the educational requirements for accreditation, and others to fully meet those requirements.
- Our Master’s level programmes in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and Computer Science with Mathematics all fully meet the requirements for all three of the professional qualifications.
- Our Bachelor’s level programmes in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science both fully meet the requirements for CITP and partially meet the requirements for CEng and CSci.
- Our Bachelor’s level programmes in Software Engineering and Computer Science and Mathematics both fully meet the educational requirements for CITP and partially meet the requirements for CEng.
Because our Year In Industry degree programmes are relatively new, their accreditation still needs to be confirmed, but we expect each to achieve the same level of accreditation as the corresponding ordinary programme.
If you have any questions about the accreditation of our degree programmes, please contact our admissions team.
Click here for the British Computer Society web site.