This means you have not met the accreditation requirements for your course, but are eligible to be awarded an honours degree in the non-accredited variant. This is a full honours degree at level 6 and is classified. You can still attend Graduation if you accept this alternative award.
CSEE students graduating on non-accredited courses
If you have been awarded an unaccredited alternative to the original accredited degree you were studying towards, this is because you did not meet the requirements of either the British Computer Society (BCS) or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
As part of this accreditation process, these professional bodies require that students pass all modules and achieve a mark above 30 in all of their coursework or examination components.
This is a stricter requirement than the normal Rules of Assessment at the University of Essex. Consequently, we are in the position to award you a similar, unaccredited degree.
How this affects you
While some employers prefer accredited degrees, and a small number require them, in practice many employers do not specifically ask about programme accreditation, nor do they expect their employees to become professionally registered.
Furthermore, your degree is not a ‘lesser’ programme of study than one of the accredited programmes. Your teaching has been to the same high standard and the taught components are the same. However, it does mean that if you want to achieve professional registration, such as CEng or similar, your degree programme will not count towards this professional registration.
Professional registration is not simply achieved by having an appropriately accredited degree. It also requires completion of some in-work components, which often take two years or more, post-degree –and sometimes higher-level study, such as a Masters-level programme.
By being awarded a non-accredited degree you would have to demonstrate, through your later work, that you had achieved the requirements for registration, including components that are usually provided by an accredited degree.
You would need to discuss this with the appropriate professional body when, and if, you wished to seek professional registration. See the British Computer Society and Institute of Engineering and Technology for more details. If you’d like to talk to a member of staff to discuss these issues further, please email the CSEE School Office to make an appointment with one of the year supervisors or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or call 01206 872770. Alternatively, please talk to your personal tutor.