Who is it for?

  • The Diploma in IT is for students who understand the fundamental principles in IT and are ready to start developing specialist skills.

What are the entry requirements?

  • You need to have passed, or been made exempt from, the BCS Certificate in IT.
  • You must be a BCS member to sit the exam.

    Apply for membership

What is the professional IT project?

  • If you’re not going on to study the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT, you’ll need to complete a 5000-word professional IT project as part of your Diploma in IT.

    Project guidance

Is there any exemption?

  • If you already hold a qualification that covers the HEQ syllabus, you can apply for exemption from specific modules (no more than two).

    Check exemption criteria

How do I get this qualification?

Complete training programme (recommended)  

Complete your study with a BCS approved training provider - they're located around the world.

How long will it take?

We recommend a minimum of 225 hours of study for each module.

An additional 200 hours of study will be required if you need to complete a professional project in IT.

Where can I study?

We have BCS approved training providers in:

  • Mauritius
  • Nigeria
  • Sri Lanka
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

Find a provider

Exam and project only (study on your own)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already an understanding of the subjects of your chosen modules.

How long will it take?

  • To prepare for your exam, we recommend a minimum of 225 hours of study for each module.
  • You’ll sit a two-hour exam which covers all modules.

Where do I sit my exam?

We have exam venues across the world, including Colombo and Reduit. 

Where do I submit my project?

There are two assessment periods each year: March and September.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £45

Project submission: £75

Register for exam

What format is the exam?

Written exam covering each module

  • Two hour 'closed book' per module
  • Pass mark: 40% per module

Past papers and exam reports

"Studying for BCS qualifications was the wisest decision I made - coupled with excellent teaching support, I was able to achieve the highest accolades."

Mohomed Nillar, PGD in IT graduate, Sri Lanka

What's next?

Complete your HEQ journey with the internationally-recognised BCS Professional Graduate Diploma in IT.

Professional Graduate Diploma in IT

  • Demonstrate your knowledge and practical skills at degree level.
  • You're eligible to sit the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT when you've achieved your Diploma in IT

Read more about Professional Graduate Diploma in IT