Independent validation that your programme meets high standards set by the profession

Benchmark your programmes against those of other institutions both nationally and internationally

Supports the continued improvement of your programmes and highlights areas of best practice across institutions

Set your programme apart by providing students a pathway to professional registrations such as CITP, CEng, IEng and RITTech

What is academic accreditation?

BCS Academic Accreditation validates the quality of your undergraduate and postgraduate computing degrees, providing you with assurance and recognition from the professional body for tech.

Students choose to study BCS-accredited degree programmes knowing they’ll gain the right set of technical, personal and professional skills for the evolving tech industry — while employers can be confident your course graduates are prepped and ready to make an impact in their workplace.

Value of accreditation 

Under our Royal Charter, one of our key areas of responsibility is inspiring young people to follow a career in tech and providing them with solid learning foundations. It’s why we work with over 100 higher education institutions (HEIs) to accredit their computing degree courses and provide professional development support for their students and computing departments.

Furthermore, employers and recruiters demanding graduates with the best capability, education and real-world skills in this complex environment. The status of accreditation also signals to prospective employers that the education has met widely accepted educational standards. Accreditation identifies the offered degree programmes as the best there are.

BCS accredited degrees are also recognised in educational institutions and organisations around the world so graduates can enjoy international career prospects.

As well as ensuring that course content provides a foundation to underpin a future career in IT, accreditation also means that a graduate meets some or all of the educational requirements for registration with BCS as a:

• Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and/or

• Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng / IEng) and/or

• Registered IT Technician (RITTech)

Benefits of accreditation to your institution, students and employers

Accreditation provides several benefits for a variety of stakeholders:

Independent recognition

Grow the reputation of your university and your computing department with independent assurance and recognition from the industry body for tech

Attract top students

Faced with today’s wide choice of IT study options, students are increasingly searching for degrees that have been accredited by their professional body

Continual improvement

Our accreditation process highlights areas of best practice and offers support and guidance for the ongoing development of your programmes

Raising your faculty profile

Show senior management that your department is committed to providing high quality computing education and exceptional career prospects for students

Students prepared for employment

Better graduate outcomes

Graduates from accredited programmes stand out in the competitive job market with credentials that tech employers recognise and value

In-demand IT skills

Through regular employer consultation, BCS accredited degrees equip your students with the knowledge, skills and capabilities employers are demanding in their organisation

Professional recognition

BCS accredited programmes introduce students to professional registration and set them on the path to Chartered IT Professional status

Industry connections

Your BCS partnership gives students a direct line into the industry and world of work, a thriving community of IT employers and practitioners, and the latest tech ideas and innovations

Top talent entering the profession with your support

Exceptional talent

BCS accredited degrees promote a steady flow of qualified talent into the industry with the calibre and skills to strengthen the profession and drive digital growth

Business acumen

As well as specialist expertise, BCS accredited degrees nurture valuable workplace and business skills and an understanding of risk, security, and legal, social, ethical and professional issues

Recruiting with confidence

Employers select graduates from accredited programmes knowing they’ll have the subject-relevant knowledge and skills to start adding value to their tech team from day one

Bridging industry and academia

Employers and educators collaborate on the design of the degree programmes ensuring they deliver the right skills and capabilities to meet real world demands

How do I become accredited?

HEIs are encouraged to review the Academic Accreditation Guidelines to determine whether programmes are likely to meet the requirements and specific criteria for accreditation sought.

For those seeking accreditation for the first time, the following steps will be taken.

1. Initial review

A documentary review undertaken by our accreditation assessors, to determine programme suitability. Please contact BCS for details of the required documentation.

2. Advisory visit

Where recommended by the Initial Review, an Advisory visit will be arranged. This provides the opportunity to determine if a full accreditation visit in the near future is timely, given that a premature visit can inhibit the accreditation process. Advisory visits are normally conducted remotely, by a single assessor. If a physical advisory visit is more beneficial, or preferred, associated costs are borne by the visited institution.

3. Accreditation visit

Where recommended following the advisory visit, an accreditation visits will be arranged. Full accreditation visits are only undertaken to Educational Affiliate Members of BCS for which an annually renewable and reviewed fee is payable. Membership will be set up and must be paid prior to the first full visit to any institution.

Overseas institutions: all costs associated with the visit are borne by the visit institution. In addition, the institution will be asked to obtain written confirmation from any in-jurisdiction professional body (IT, Engineering, Science as appropriate) giving consent for the visit.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss accreditation please email us.

Meet the team

Suki Gregory

Senior Academic Accreditation Executive

Practice highlights

As part of an accreditation visit, the panel may identify practice highlights which will be examples that are exemplary in context, potentially portable to other HEIs or evidentially successful. View all practice highlights

Already accredited?

BCS has a rolling programme of visits to HEIs to consider programmes for accreditation. HEIs included in the programme are normally visited once every five years and will be contacted at least 12 months before a visit is due. Typically, a visit is scheduled to take place in the final year of existing accreditation so that continuous accreditation may be achieved.

Making changes to your accredited programmes? Get in touch with the team.

Academic accreditation

Academic Accreditation Guidelines - April 2022 (includes the Engineering Council’s AHEP4 Learning outcomes)

For HEIs seeking re-accreditation including CEng/IEng against AHEP3 during the Engineering Council’s transition phase please refer to guidelines on course accreditation.

Accreditation application forms and templates

Forms

Accreditation visit submission form (DOCX)
Accreditation visit submission form (PDF)
Summary of changes made to accreditation visit submission form (PDF)
Registered IT Technician application form (DOCX)
Registered IT Technician application form (PDF)

Templates

Core / Option template (XLS)

Mapping Templates (including AHEP4 Learning Outcomes – these templates should be used by those HEIs seeking re-accreditation and HEIs seeking accreditation for the first time (including CEng/IEng) under AHEP4. HEIs seeking CITP accreditation only can also use the CITP only mappings. NOTE: CITP criteria have not changed but have been re-numbered/ordered)

Integrated Masters - Full CITP and Full CEng (XLSX)
Bachelors (Hons) - Full CITP and Partial CEng (XLSX)
Bachelors (Hons) - Integrated Masters – Full CITP (XLSX)
Specialist Masters - Partial CITP (XLSX)
Specialist Masters - Partial CITP and CEng (Further Learning) (XLSX)
Generalist Masters - Partial CITP (XLSX)
Foundation Degree - Partial IEng (XLSX)
Ordinary Degree - Full IEng (XLSX)

Mapping Templates (AHEP3 - these templates should be used by those HEIs seeking re-accreditation (including CEng/IEng) against AHEP3 during the Engineering Council’s transition phase. NOTE: the transition phase ends August 2024)

Table for UG Ordinary Degree & FdSc (IEng) (XLS)
Table for UG Joint (Hons) and Generalist MSc (XLS)
Table for UG (Hons) Degree (XLS)
Table for PG Specialist MSc (XLS)
Table for Integrated Masters (XLS)

The Euro-Inf quality labels

The Euro-Inf Quality Labels are owned by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE). EQANIE is a non-profit association seeking to enhance evaluation and quality assurance of informatics study programmes and education in Europe.

The Euro-Inf Quality Labels may be awarded to Informatics degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level that comply with the Euro-Inf framework standards and accreditation criteria .
The objectives of the Euro-Inf Quality Labels are:

  • To enhance quality and transparency of educational programmes in informatics
  • To provide information on study programmes across Europe through an appropriate label for accredited educational programmes in informatics
  • To facilitate mutual transnational recognition of qualifications
  • To increase mobility of students

A number of degree programmes across a variety of countries have now been awarded the Euro-Inf Quality Labels.

About EQANIE

The Euro-Inf Quality Labels are owned by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE). EQANIE is a non-profit association seeking to enhance evaluation and quality assurance of informatics study programmes and education in Europe.

Which Degrees are eligible?

BCS has been appointed as an authorised agency by EQANIE to award the Euro-Inf Bachelor and Euro-Inf Master Quality Labels for degree programmes offered in the UK. These include programmes accredited for Full or Partial CITP or CEng.

Programmes that are awarded initial accreditation of one year (pending the output of a minimum of three graduates) or the maximum period of five years’ accreditation will be eligible. However, generalist MSc programmes and programmes accredited for a reduced period of less than 5 years are not eligible.

Applying for the Euro-Inf Quality Labels

As well as having access to the BCS Educational Affiliate Member & Accredited Degree logos, Higher Education Institutions will receive the Euro-Inf Bachelor and / or Euro-Inf Master seals to further promote the status of their accredited Informatics degree(s) in addition to an EQANIE accreditation certificate from BCS.

Applications are likely to fall into one of two categories:

1. Retrospective award of Euro-Inf Quality Labels - for programmes accredited by BCS since October 2008. Please write to the BCS Education Team at educ@bcs.uk stating the programme title(s), mode(s) of study and programme length which you wish to be considered. Please note that the awarding of Euro-Inf Quality Labels cannot be backdated beyond the current accreditation period. Accreditation periods may be checked using the BCS website course search facility at www.bcs.org/accredited.

2. Consideration of programmes to be reviewed at a forthcoming BCS Accreditation Visit - HEIs are asked to submit a course list prior to the visit to indicate the levels of accreditation to be sought. This form includes a column relating to the Euro-Inf Bachelor and Master Quality Labels.

Fees for the Euro-Inf Quality Labels

EQANIE charges a fee per programme for the award of the Quality Labels, which covers the duration of the current accreditation period. The fee is €300 per programme. EQANIE has advised that where an EU-recipient of this service indicates their VAT number, EQANIE will be able to apply the reverse charge procedure, so HEIs wishing to have the VAT exempted should supply the VAT number to BCS. Guidance on how to calculate per programme fees for EQANIE.