What does UCL mean by computer science degrees are not accredited by the IET?

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I received an email at 16:00 saying that UCL partially met the requirements and UCL chose not to be accredited by IET for courses starting September 2019 (my starting year). I remember UCL talking about IET on their open day like it was very unique and important - I would like more information about the exact impact of IET no longer accrediting Computer Science degrees from UCL.
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also received email. Is this situation only applied on Bsc G400?
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also received email. Is this situation only applied on Bsc G400?
Do you have an update? Did you start your degrèe? Details about accredotation? Thank you!
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Do you have an update? Did you start your degrèe? Details about accredotation? Thank you!
Given they only have 7 posts and this is over a year old, I dont think you'll be getting a reply.

But Im pretty sure it means its not accredited by the Institute of Engineering & technology.

And if you go to the webpage for BSc UCL CompSci sure enough no organisation has accredited the program.
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Given they only have 7 posts and this is over a year old, I dont think you'll be getting a reply.

But Im pretty sure it means its not accredited by the Institute of Engineering & technology.

And if you go to the webpage for BSc UCL CompSci sure enough no organisation has accredited the program.
Thank you.
How not being accredited will affect graduates or job seekers or employment?
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Thank you.
How not being accredited will affect graduates or job seekers or employment?
I don’t know for computer science tbh.

I would look into if being a chartered professional software engineer is important in industry. If it is looked at by industry leading employers then go for an accredited degree, if employers can take it or leave it then I wouldn’t worry.
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Thank you.
How not being accredited will affect graduates or job seekers or employment?
It won't. The IET primarily accredit electronic and electrical engineering degrees; computer science degrees are more typically accredited by the BCS. While accreditation matters in engineering for reaching CEng status (which isn't even strictly necessary to have a career in engineering), the computing sector is not the engineering sector and there isn't an equivalent postnominal that I'm aware of which matters in the sector.

Employers in the computing sector will care far more about your relevant work experience in the sector, and the extent to which you have documented and compiled a porfolio of work on e.g. github of your (usually self-directed) projects and programs etc. Your degree, and any accreditation attached, is just a means to that end of getting such work experience and developing such a portfolio...simply having a CS degree, accredited or not, will not make you any more employable than anyone else with any other degree (be it in CS or in some entirely unrelated field like classics) either within the computing sector or outside of it.

If you're worrying about accreditation, you're focusing on the wrong thing, in my opinion.
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I don’t know for computer science tbh.

I would look into if being a chartered professional software engineer is important in industry. If it is looked at by industry leading employers then go for an accredited degree, if employers can take it or leave it then I wouldn’t worry.
(Original post by artful_lounger)
It won't. The IET primarily accredit electronic and electrical engineering degrees; computer science degrees are more typically accredited by the BCS. While accreditation matters in engineering for reaching CEng status (which isn't even strictly necessary to have a career in engineering), the computing sector is not the engineering sector and there isn't an equivalent postnominal that I'm aware of which matters in the sector.

Employers in the computing sector will care far more about your relevant work experience in the sector, and the extent to which you have documented and compiled a porfolio of work on e.g. github of your (usually self-directed) projects and programs etc. Your degree, and any accreditation attached, is just a means to that end of getting such work experience and developing such a portfolio...simply having a CS degree, accredited or not, will not make you any more employable than anyone else with any other degree (be it in CS or in some entirely unrelated field like classics) either within the computing sector or outside of it.

If you're worrying about accreditation, you're focusing on the wrong thing.
Thank you so much!
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