BCS – Certificate Level.

Who is it for?

The Certificate in IT is for students looking to build a solid foundation for a career in IT and computing

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific entrance requirements for the Certificate in IT, however it is strongly recommended that all candidates register with an approved centre. Studying with an approved centre will deliver significant benefits. Candidates are required to become a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to sit and be awarded the qualifications. Candidates may apply for a four-year student membership that will support them throughout their studies.

What will I learn?

Three core modules covering fundamental principles in IT:

  • Information systems

  • Software development

  • Computer and network technology

Information systems

This module covers the following topics: systems analysis and design, database systems, data analysis and management, systems and organisations.


  • To develop an awareness of the nature and use of information and information systems in an organisational context.

  • To introduce the various techniques used within systems analysis and design.

  • To foster an appreciation of the different types of methodologies used in the system development process.

  • To provide an introduction to database management systems .

Software Development

Programming is a core skill that will be used throughout a computer practitioner’s career. It is a skill acquired largely by practice and experience. Learning how to program requires a disciplined and structured approach to encourage good practice and to assist in the development of easily maintained systems. This module introduces candidates to the fundamental concepts of programming with the emphasis being laid on the whole of the software development process.
Candidates are free to use the programming language of their choice but it is recommended that a C type language is capable of being understood, as any examples of code given in the examination paper will be based on C.


  • To stress the importance of good design, documentation and usability.

  • To emphasise skills in problem solving and algorithm specification rather than just writing syntactically correct code.

  • To introduce a systematic approach to algorithm development which will assist in subsequent programming and system design modules.

  • To introduce candidates to the environment in which software is developed and to the tools that assist in this process.

Computer Network Technology

This module provides a foundation for all professional computer personnel in computer technology and related topics, in particular the areas of: number systems, hardware, operating systems, systems software, networks and system performance measurement.


  • To develop an understanding of the principles underlying the architecture and organisation of computer systems.

  • To introduce the fundamental building blocks of all digital computers and the operating principles of computer peripherals.

  • To evaluate critically the performance data quoted for computer systems.

  • To appreciate how computers communicate with each other across networks.

Format and Duration of the Examinations

The examination is a two hour closed book examination (no materials can be taken into the examination room) based on the syllabus in this document.
Examinations are held twice a year and are undertaken in normal examination conditions with one or more duly appointed invigilators.
The pass mark is 40%


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