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Glossary of Terms

An explanation of terms used in the course search facility.

Term
Description
Accreditation
Accreditation means that a course has fulfilled the educational requirement (either partially or fully) for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP), Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng/IEng) and/or a Chartered Scientist (CSci). Courses may also be accredited as fulfilling the Further Learning requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITPFL).

Please note that accreditation refers only to the academic requirements of chartered status.
  • The full academic requirement for CEng and CSci status is masters level study which must then be supplemented with a work experience requirement.
  • To apply for Chartered IT Professional status, you must have a minimum of 8-10 years of experience in the IT profession; at least 3 of the last 5 years must have been in a challenging, complex position in which you have significant influence and responsibility, and full accountability.
Award
The type of qualification awarded to a student.
Conditions
Conditions are applied to many courses. For example, that students must undertake a specific module, or that the project must be passed at the first attempt and be practical and problem solving. Students undertaking the courses must satisfy the conditions in order to gain the exemption and/or accreditation. This will be verified by the Membership Department upon receipt of application.

Where project conditions are attached to accredited MSc courses, students who do not meet this condition will still be eligible for any exemption detailed.
Duration
The length of the course, which can be determined by institution or mode of study.
Dual Accreditation
All Honours degrees accredited for CEng registration from intake year 1999 meet the requirements for standard route IEng registration and Sydney Accord recognition.
Exemption
A course may qualify for full or partial exemption from the Higher Education Qualifications (HEQ), and students graduating from such courses can attain Professional Membership after a shortened period of relevant experience and training.
First Intake
The first intake year of a course which carries exemption and/or accreditation.
HEI
Higher Education Institution
Initial
Courses are normally exempt/accredited only when at least one cohort of students has graduated, since it is the final standard achieved which determines whether a course is appropriate for exemption and accreditation. Initial exemption and accreditation may be granted for new courses which seem likely to meet the appropriate BCS criteria but which have not yet produced graduates. In such cases, exemption and accreditation will only be granted for a period to cover the first intake considered, until such time as confirmation is sought by the HEI.
Intake Year
The entry/enrolment year of a course.
Last Intake
The last intake year of a course which carries exemption and/or accreditation.
Level of E&A
Level of Exemption and Accreditation
Exemption is from the Higher Education Qualifications (HEQ) at three different levels - Certificate, Diploma and Professional Graduate Diploma, and consists of papers and project. For more information please go to the Professional Examinations web pages at www.bcs.org/exams
Accreditation provides the academic base for one or more of the following Chartered statuses: CITP, CEng/IEng, CSci or the Further Learning element of CITP.

Please note that accreditation refers only to the academic requirements of chartered status.
  • The full academic requirement for CEng and CSci status is masters level study which must then be supplemented with a work experience requirement.
  • To apply for Chartered IT Professional status, you must have a minimum of 8-10 years of experience in the IT profession; at least 3 of the last 5 years must have been in a challenging, complex position in which you have significant influence and responsibility, and full accountability.
Mode of Study
The mode of study covered by the exemption and/or accreditation; such as Full-time, Part-time, Sandwich or Variable.
Partial
The qualification meets some but not all of the educational requirements for registration as CEng/IEng/CSci/CITP status and requires further academic learning to reach the full academic requirement. The academic basis must then be supplemented with a work experience requirement and the standard application process in order to gain full chartered status.
Previous Name
An institution's former name, where relevant to BCS.
Seoul Accord
All Honours degrees accredited for CITP registration from intake year 2008 meet the academic requirements for Seoul Accord recognition. Exemptions: We no longer consider exemption applications with qualifications over 10 years old


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