Quality mark for B&FC computing degrees

Published: Thursday 26 May 2016

Blackpool and The Fylde College has become the first FE college in the country to receive accreditation from the British Computer Society (BCS) for its computing honours degrees.

This prestigious status, usually only secured by universities, is a mark of assurance that industry employers are increasingly looking for when recruiting to IT posts.

Recognised at international level, the accreditation underlines the high academic standard of the degree programme itself, while for the graduate it also means automatic professional membership of BCS, an important part of the criteria for becoming a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

B&FC offers four computing degrees at foundation and honours level, all awarded by Lancaster University. BCS accreditation has been granted to Network Engineering (System Administration), Network Engineering (Cyber Security), plus Software Engineering and Game Development. The College is also in the process of applying for accreditation for Interactive Media Development.

Jaqui Scott, Head of the School of Computing at B&FC, said:

"To become the first college to receive BCS accreditation at this level is an incredible achievement. The journey has taken two years of applications and inspections, but we now have official recognition that our computing degrees are among the best in the country.

“Most importantly accreditation will really make our graduates stand out when they enter the world of work.

“We’ve proved that we can provide higher education on a par with top universities and offer the best opportunities for our students to progress in their careers.”

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