Diploma in IT

This is the Diploma level of Higher Education Qualifications.

This level is the academic equivalent to Year 2 of an English university honours degree and is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) as Level 5.

By beginning the Diploma in IT level course BCS assumes knowledge of the Certificate in IT level modules (or exemption) and focuses on the following:

  • Professional Issues in Information Systems Practice (Core Module)
  • Computer Networks
  • Database Systems
  • IT Project Management
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Principles of Internet Technologies (April only)
    (this module has replaced The Internet & World Wide Web and is not available for online registration)
  • IT Service Management April only
  • Software Engineering 1 (April only)
  • Principles of User Interface Design (April only)

More information about these modules is available on the Syllabus page.

A minimum of 225 hours of study is recommended for each module. The course culminates in 4 two-hour written exams covering the core module and your three chosen modules.

Completion of the Diploma Examinations level means you are eligible to apply for BCS Membership if you have 3 years' experience as an IT professional.

Professional Project

In order to finish the Diploma in IT level candidates must complete a project. Recommended minimum study time of 200 hours.

Successful completion of the project and examination enables you to apply for selected degree courses with universities and means you are eligible to apply for BCS Membership (MBCS) if you have 2 years' experience as an IT professional.