BCS is a professional body, a learned society, a nominated body, an awarding body and a registered charity.
As a professional body, BCS represents its members and the IT profession as a whole on issues of importance, and liaises with other professional bodies, the government, industry and academics to initiate and inform debate on IT strategic issues. BCS maintains relationships and affiliations with an extensive range of professional and government organisations
As a learned society, BCS is governed by a Royal Charter
, which defines our purpose: to promote the study and practice of Computing and to advance knowledge and education for the benefit of the public. Our Charter enables us to admit qualified members. Without our members, we would be unable to undertake many of our charitable activities to promote IT at all levels.
BCS is licensed by the Engineering Council to award Chartered Engineer status (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer status (IEng). The Institute also has a licence from the Science Council to award Chartered Scientist status (CSci). These licences come with a responsibility to maintain standards and comply with strict conditions.
BCS is also a registered charity, and has to comply with standards set out by the Charity Commission and Charities Bill.