BCS accreditation for School of IT

12 April 2019 | Story Supplied. Photo Robyn Walker. Read time 2 min.
School of IT students now have the opportunity of applying for professional membership of the British Computer Society (BCS) following the accreditation of four degree programmes.
School of IT students now have the opportunity of applying for professional membership of the British Computer Society (BCS) following the accreditation of four degree programmes.

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Information Technology (IT) has become one of only two institutions in Africa to boast British Computer Society (BCS) Chartered Institute for IT accreditation – for four of its degree programmes.

The degrees that were unconditionally accredited with an A1 recommendation are BSc(Hons) in computer science, BBusSc(Hons) in computer science, BCom(Hons) in information systems and BBusSc(Hons) in information systems.

Accredited degrees entitle students to apply for professional membership of the BCS. They also meet the evidence of breadth of knowledge in the assessment for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Professional membership and BCS Chartered status carry the right to use the post-nominal letters MBCS (Member of the British Computer Society) and CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional).

“We believe this accreditation will give our students greater international career opportunities, and enable them to become part of the global IT community,” said Professor Ulrike Rivett, School of IT director.

The BCS accreditation panel also commended various areas of the School of IT’s programme in respect of information systems and computer science, commending how well “we integrated the context of South Africa and the continent into our teaching”.


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