IET accredited courses offer some great benefits, so keep them in mind when deciding which course is for you.
With thousands of courses covering engineering and technology topics, you can become overwhelmed by the options available to you. As you pin down those most relevant to your career aspirations you must consider several key issues.
Deliberations should include where the course is held, what kind of a course it is, and many often consider the kudos; the reputation, which comes with the university and course you're considering.
When deciding which programme is best for you, ensure it is an IET accredited degree course.
When a university or college programme becomes accredited, this means it will have been audited and tested to be sure that it reaches a standard to be benchmarked as a course that offers its students the best possible education.
Any department that has recently undergone an accreditation visit will tell you it's not just a case of ticking some boxes, it requires a lot of hard work.
The criteria the programme has to meet is based on requirements of the Engineering Council UK [new window] - the same organisation that sets the requirements for EngTech, ICTTech, IEng and CEng status.
Areas that are looked at in-depth include projects, staffing, resources, quality assurance, student support and most importantly the programme's structure and technical depth.
The benefits to you, the student, are numerous. Firstly, you can tell that the course is on par with others within the UK and internationally. This is because it has been peer assessed and so you'll be comfortable in the knowledge that the department cares about your future.
One important thing to note for the career-orientated is that attending an accredited course is great founding for those aiming to achieve professional registration (ICTTech, IEng, EngTech or CEng status). In essence it offers a streamlined route to professional registration. This is because it must meet some, or all, of the underpinning academic requirements for professional registration in order to achieve accreditation.
A period of suitable industrial experience after graduation will then allow you to apply for professional registration - an important career goal for the majority of engineers.
Accredited courses are also looked upon favourably by employers and can therefore improve your career prospects overall.
Increased opportunities abound if you've chosen an IET accredited course, so be sure to check on the status of any courses you're interested in applying to. It's not too hard to find one - over 1,000 programmes are currently accredited by the IET in the UK alone.
Updated March 2017