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BCS Foundation in Business Analysis 4 day course

What do Business Analysts do? What skills and competencies do they require to do their role? This 4-day Foundation level course provides delegates with an overview of the role of the Business Analyst who acts as the link between business needs, stakeholders and IT within change initiatives.

The 4-day course provides an introduction to Business Analysis using examples and exercises based on a simple case study. You will have the opportunity to build your knowledge through group exercises and consider the tools and techniques available to Business Analysts to assist them in their role.

At the end of the course you may sit a multiple-choice examination to obtain the BCS Business Analysis Foundation Certificate. This qualification provides a foundation to the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and covers the knowledge-based element of the qualification.

This course is ideal for those wishing to explore the range of Business Analysis tools and techniques, as well as receive an industry recognised certification.

Included in this certification is a free 12-month BCS Associate membership. Please click here for terms and conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the skills and competencies required of the business analyst
  • Describe how a business strategy is developed, analysed and implemented
  • Adopt a business analysis process model approach to change initiatives
  • Consider the perspectives of key individuals who will be affected or are interested in the change project and document their views
  • Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems
  • Use techniques to elicit, analyse, model, validate, document and manage requirements
  • Describe the contents of a business case which would be used to justify a project

Pre-Requisites

No experience required so this course is perfect for anyone new to Business Analysis or anyone wishing to understand the role better (we also offer a faster-paced 3-day version of the same course - this is more suitable for those already having completed courses in the Diploma stream and/or those with some experience)

Pre-course reading completed

Ability to commit to some homework (reading and revision) per night during the course (approx. 1 hour per evening)

Photographic Identification

If you are taking the BCS exam you must bring photographic identification with you (passport, driving license or student card), as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam. For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable please contact us. 

BCS Reasonable Adjustments policy

BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify us as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise us and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy.

Course Content

Day One:

  • Introduction to Business Analysis
  • The role of the Business Analyst - Skills and Competencies Introducing Strategy Analysis
  • Introducing the Business Analysis Process Model
  • Investigation Techniques

Day Two:

  • Investigation Techniques (cont.)
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Management
  • Modelling Business Processes

Day Three

  • Defining the Solution
  • Making a Business and Financial Case
  • Establishing the Requirements
  • Documenting and Managing Requirements

Day Four:

  • Modelling Requirements
  • Delivering the Requirements
  • Delivering the Business Solution Exam

Exams & Certification

BCS Business Analysis Foundation Exam

Please note that the exam is taken at 3:30pm on the final afternoon of the course

  • One hour ‘closed book’ with 40 multiple choice questions (paper based exam)
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Related training courses

  • BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice
  • BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness (inc. exam) MBP-2 - BCS Certificate in Modelling Business Processes
  • BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering
  • BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Change
  • Practical Business Analysis (non-certified)
  • 3 day BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

We reserve the right to improve the specification and format of our courses for the benefit of our customers without notice to the customer.

Pre-Reading

Delegates will be provided with pre-course reading prior to attending the course. If you have not received your pre-reading material within one week of the start of your course, please contact us.

Ability to commit to some homework (reading and revision) per night during the course (approx. 1 hour per evening)

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