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Professional accreditation

We’re proud of the fact that our Computer Science courses are fully or partly accredited (where appropriate) by both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) – both professional bodies of computing and engineering.

But what does this mean for you, the student?

Firstly, it is a mark of quality – we have been audited by both organisations and judged by both to provide a top level of education. Areas that are looked into include staffing, projects, resources, quality assurance, student support and the structure and technical depth of our courses.

Secondly, it means these courses are a great founding if you wish to achieve professional registration once you graduate. As the course must meet some, or all, of the academic requirements for professional registration in order for it to become accredited, it is a more streamlined way of achieving your professional registration.

We are also regularly audited to make sure that we keep these standards, so you can be sure that you are receiving an excellent Computer Science education.

Accredited courses are generally respected by employers – so you will also be increasing your career prospects.

You can also access our courses with funding from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) who offer a number of scholarships and grants for those studying on IET accredited courses - which includes all courses offered by Computer Science here at York. For more information please click here.

Which of our courses are accredited, and to what extent?

Our courses in system safety engineering are accredited by both the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), and can count towards the educational component for chartering. They also fully accredit our MSc in Safety Critical Systems Engineering.

Our Continuing Professional Development short courses meet the IET Position Statement on Safety-Critical Systems, released in October 2009. Find out how we address these principles through our courses.

We are currently seeking accreditation for our MSc in Cyber Security.

What does each chartered status mean?

All of these chartered statuses are extremely valuable to employers and is a demonstration of your competence. Having a chartered status gives you enhanced career prospects in an increasingly competitive job market.
Each is slightly different, according to the job you want to do. The CITP accreditation requires you to demonstrate an understanding in a specialism of IT, whereas both the CEng and IEng shows that you can develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems and manage and develop applications of current and developing technology.

The CSci accreditation recognises scientists working with innovation in computer science, with a background in a specialism such as artificial intelligence, bio-inspired computing or algorithm design.

Check out the definitions on the BCS website, and hear from a BCS member what it means to be chartered.

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