We support the teaching of rigorous and relevant computer science across the academic spectrum, from primary school to university, and act as an advocate for the importance of computing as an academic subject and a vocation, support the teaching of computing from primary school to university, and support the thriving digital apprenticeship sector. 

Everyone, from whatever ethnic or social group, has the fundamental right to a computing education that results in them being:

  • Equipped with the computational thinking skills to understand and change the world for the better.
  • Effective at applying digital technologies:
    • to help realise their dreams and ambitions
    • to enhance their talents and creativity
    • to develop and express their thoughts and ideas in compelling, concise ways that others can readily appreciate and adopt
    • and to collaborate purposefully with others online.
  • Able to fully participate as informed and safe digital citizens in every aspect of society.

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Discover BCS membership! You’ll be joining a thriving community of IT professionals and benefits include access to regular events, conferences and meetings. If you're a computing teacher, come along to our regular CAS meetings of like-minded professionals to learn about best practice in the classroom. 

Share your support

BCS regularly polls IT professionals and members on topical issues. Our polling is one way that we listen to our members opinions. This helps form our policies on major areas of public concern such as for instance, the digital divide and its impacts on schools.

"The National Centre for Computing Education offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to firmly establish computer science as a foundational subject discipline that will enable all our young people to be active participants in the complex digital world that surrounds them."

Professor Simon Peyton Jones
Chair of the NCCE and CAS

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Do you want to know more about our policy work or have views about STEM policy you’d like to share? Would your organisation like to get involved with our STEM research or carry out a joint campaign with BCS? If so, we want to hear from you! To share your opinions and to find out more about partnering with us, get in touch at policyhub@bcs.uk

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Health and care

Digital health is undergoing rapid transformation and BCS, as the professional body for IT, is committed to supporting the establishment of recognised professional standards in this sector. This will enable and empower digital health professionals to mitigate risks and provide secure, insight-driven data to improve patient care.

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Artificial intelligence (AI)

AI is rapidly affecting all aspects of our lives, but the pace of professional practice doesn’t always keep up with its impact. BCS helps to find solutions to the big public policy questions where AI is used - from facial recognition technology, recruitment, health care and logistics. BCS believes that developing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive AI sector is central to reducing bias in machine learning and delivering AI applications that are fit-for-purpose and developed by professionals that are representative of our society.

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Tech and society

BCS believes in making IT good for society - part of this is navigating the transformative benefits of IT and digital technology safely and securely. BCS works in a variety of ways with the government, public sector, the private industry and civil society to generate practical solutions to key issues such as online harms, cyber security and data security and protection.

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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion as standard; that’s the common goal for our industry. Yet women account for only 20% of IT specialists; and BAME IT professionals are less likely to be in senior roles, despite being better qualified. ​Like many industries, there are complex and wide-ranging challenges we firstly have to face. At BCS, we’re facing them together as a priority.

Read more about our work in diversity and inclusion