Levels of accreditation

This page describes the types of accreditation that are available.

Accreditation means that a candidate has fully or partially fulfilled the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and / or Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng / IEng) and / or a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Programme type Minimum computing credit points (including project) Accreditation
Foundation degree HND 160 of which a minimum of 80 are at level 5* Accredited as partially meeting the requirements for IEng
Notes: The programme should provide breadth in computing
 
Joint honours degree 160 of which a minimum of 80 are at level 5*† Accredited as partially meeting the requirements for CITP
Notes: The programme should provide breadth in computing
 
Ordinary degree 200 of which a minimum of 40 are at level 6* Accredited as meeting the requirements for IEng
Notes: The programme should provide breadth in computing
 
Honours degree 240 of which a minimum of 80 are at level 6* Accredited as meeting the requirements for CITP and / or partially meeting the requirements for CEng and / or CSci
Notes: The programme should provide breadth and depth in the area of computing and should be influenced by relevant research and industry trends, with adequate theoretical underpinning
 
Specialist master’s degree 120 at level 7* Accredited as meeting the requirements for CITP Further Learning and / or partially meeting the requirements for CEng and / or CSci
Notes: The programme should provide in-depth study of at least one specialist area of computing and build on the equivalent of an honours degree
 
Generalist master’s degree 180 credits at level 6* or above† Accredited as partially meeting the requirements for CITP
Notes: The programme should provide breadth in computing
 
Integrated master’s degree 320 of which a minimum of 60 are at level 7* Accredited as meeting the requirements for CITP and CITP Further Learning and / or fully meeting the requirements for CEng and / or CSci
Notes: The programme should provide breadth and depth in the area of computing and should be influenced by relevant research and industry trends, with adequate theoretical underpinning. In addition, it should provide in-depth study of at least one specialist area of computing

 
*NOTE: The differences in the minimum computing points between the England, Wales and Northern Ireland requirements and the Scottish requirements are detailed in Section 1.4 on page 5.

† Accreditation as partially meeting the requirements for CITP and must include a suitable project at least at undergraduate honours level together with the teaching and assessment of legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

A programme will not normally be considered for an alternative level of accreditation than that outlined in the table. Any programme which is put forward for accreditation must meet the relevant programme criteria as detailed in sections 2.2 to 2.5, as well as being developed and delivered in an environment which meets the criteria as detailed in section 2.1. In addition to meeting the criteria outlined in section 2, not more than one-third of the material in an accredited undergraduate programme may normally lie outside the scope of the undergraduate QAA Computing Benchmark as summarised in table 1.5. Programmes that do include more than one third of their material from other disciplines may nevertheless be accreditable, provided that this material is integrated into the programme in support of the computing outcomes and that this is demonstrated by the mapping of the core modules to the BCS criteria.

Levels of Accreditation and KIS Statements