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

Revised syllabi

The syllabi for the BCS Higher Education Qualifications have been revised to ensure ongoing fitness for purpose and currency. These updates constitute a minor update in accordance with the regulatory requirements and so are focused around revisions to the recommended reading lists, and some minor edits to the syllabi content.

Candidates are advised to ensure that they review the updated syllabi to inform preparation for the March 2020 examination sessions.

The new syllabi will come into effect for papers sat at the March 2020 sessions and onwards. The current syllabi will continue to be used for the September 2019 examination session, and these will continue to be available on the BCS website until the September 2019 examination session has finished.

If you have any questions regarding this update, please contact Customer Services.

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