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BCS Diploma in IT

Select the modules that match your chosen career path when you study the Diploma in IT – comparable to the second year of a university degree course.

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.

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.

  • You’ll need to complete a 5000-word professional IT project as part of your Diploma in IT.

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).

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.

How much does it cost?

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

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.

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.

Where do I submit my project?

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

Where and When can I sit my exams?

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

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £50 Project submission: £75

What format is the exam?

  • Two hour 'closed book' per module

  • Pass mark: 40% per module