Accreditation is a voluntary activity initiated by the institution that requires a rigorous self-evaluation and an independent, objective appraisal of the overall educational quality by peers. Accreditation emphasises quality assurance and a commitment to continuous quality enhancement.  The majority of our courses are fully accredited by relevant professional bodies and supported by industry, ensuring an industry standard of learning which is relevant to the changing needs of the labour market. 

Our professional affiliations not only keep our students up-to-date with the latest industry advancements, but also help our graduates to stand out when looking for employment. 

For our computing and IT programmes we have a number of accrediting bodies

The British Computer Society (BCS)
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The BCS is the Chartered Institute for IT, and it was established to enable the information society. They promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice. They have 70,000 members including IT practitioners, businesses, academics and students from around the world. As the global awarding body for IT qualifications and certifications they help people, businesses and society at large to improve their skills and knowledge in the field of information technology. They do this by setting the standards of excellence for course content, training provision and examination and certification systems.

What programmes they accredit at GCU
·        BSc (Hons) Computing
·        BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business
·        BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business
·        MSc IT
·        MSc Big Data Technologies

GCU’s accreditation level

Graduates that successfully complete one of our BCS accredited degrees fully meet the educational requirement for CITP registration. Whilst still being required to meet relevant professional experience requirements, graduates from accredited programmes will benefit from an accelerated route to CITP status. Students are also eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS) at the point they graduate.

Benefits of BCS accreditation to students
  • Relevance -BCS accreditation ensures that degrees: – meet the high standards set by the profession – meet employer’s needs – provide a solid underpinning in computing
  • Recognition – graduating with a BCS accredited degree provides: – the opportunity to apply for professional membership of BCS (MBCS) – a progression pathway to professional registration by fulfilling (either partially or fully) the academic requirements for CITP, CEng, CSci or IEng statuses – a potential advantage when looking for a job as some employers may look for graduates with accredited degrees
  • Assurance – by seeking accreditation from BCS, institutions are demonstrating their commitment to ensuring their programmes are relevant and support progression for their students
  • An international benchmark – accredited degrees are recognised by some other countries that have signed international agreements
Benefits for employers 
  • Independent assurance – BCS accredited degrees have been reviewed by representatives from academia and industry to ensure they meet the standards set by the profession 
  • Recruitment – graduates from BCS accredited degrees will: – be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS) – be on the way to Chartered status having met the academic requirements for CITP, CEng, CSci or IEng statuses – have an appreciation of legal, social, ethical and professional issues in relation to computing – have an appreciation of the IT industry and be able to contribute to your business with the potential to develop into rounded IT professionals over time 
  • Participate – as an employer you can: – help shape degree programmes by working with Higher Education Institutions in providing placements, judging projects, delivering guest lectures or contributing to industrial advisory boards – have a voice in BCS accreditation decisions by joining our team of academic accreditation assessors