BCS (British Computer Society)PGD in IT leading to UK Masters

Courses Title
Professional Graduate Diploma in IT
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Description This level is the academic equivalent to Year 3 of a UK university honours degree
Awarding Body British Computer Society - BCS
Duration 1 Year
Level NQF 6
Credits BCS
Intakes Sep/Oct, Jan/Feb, May/Jun
(For Overseas Students)
GBP 4300.00
(For UK/ UE Students)
GBP 2800.00
Entry Requirements BCS Diploma or equivalent qualifications
Rationales By beginning the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT level course BCS assumes knowledge of the Certificate in IT and appropriate Diploma in IT level modules (or exemption) and focuses on the modules listed in the Course Contents section below.
Aims To provide students with education equivalent to that of the UK university bachelors honours degree
Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the project and examination enables you to apply for selected postgraduate courses at university and means you are eligible to apply for BCS professional membership (MBCS).

Course Contents
  • Advanced Database Management Systems

  • Management Information Systems

  • Software Engineering 2

  • Computer Services Management

  • Distributed and Parallel Systems (April only)

  • Knowledge Based Systems (April only)

  • Network Information Systems (April only)

  • Programming Paradigms (April only)

  • Realising the User Interface (April only)
    (this module has replaced User Interface Design and is not available for online registration)

  • System Design Methods (April only)

  • Web Engineering (April only)
    (this module has replaced WWW - Beyond the Basics and is not available for online registration)
Assessment Methods

BCS recommends a minimum of 250 hours study per module and the course culminates in a 3 hour written examfocusing on four of the above modules of your choice. Please be aware that practical experience is required to answer some parts of the exam.

Completion of the Professional Graduate Diploma Examinations level means you are eligible to apply for BCS membership if you have 2 years experience as an IT professional.

Professional Project

In order to finish the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT level candidates must complete a project, which will be the academic equivalent of a UK university honours degree project and has a recommended minimum study time of 300 hours.

Reference Books List provided during enrolment. Available from the BCS website.
Progression UK university Masters degree
Remarks Tuition fees exclude all Awarding Body charges such as the examinations and registration fees, which you must now pay to the College during registration. The College will in turn pay it to the Awarding Body if your other payments are up-to-date.


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