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

What will I learn?

A core module and three selected modules allowing you to tailor your learning.

Core module

Selected modules (choose three) 

Our qualification specification guide provides further information and an overview of all the course levels.

**This module will be retired in 2021 and the last examination session will be held in November 2020, with a final opportunity for re-sit in May 2021.

New modules

Candidates can now select the following optional modules for BCS Level 5 Diploma in IT. The first examination sitting for these new modules will commence in May 2021.

  • Big data management
  • Smart systems
  • User experience
  • Web application development

Find out more about the new modules

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 training 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

Need some help?

Read our guidance on exam technique for tips on what to do when you open your exam paper.

"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