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BCS Requirements Engineering

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Name BCS Requirements Engineering
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The BCS Requirements Engineering course introduces you to the techniques for uncovering the requirements which will lead to a working, cost-effective solution. With the use of a supporting case study, this course defines the types of requirements, the people involved in the elicitation process, the techniques of requirements analysis and the ways of prioritising requirements. It also explores different knowledge types and appropriate techniques for handling these.

Requirements Engineering is a Practitioner Certificate from the BCS Professional Certifications portfolio (formerly ISEB Certifications). It is also one of an integrated set of courses leading to the widely respected Higher Certificate - the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.
Requirements Engineering is a CORE module of the BCS Business Analysis Diploma.

This course is structured around a Requirements Engineering framework which utilises a range of techniques for elicitation, analysis, documentation and management of requirements. A detailed case study is used on the course to enable attendees to practise applying the techniques.

Who should attend

Those who are likely to become involved in gathering, documenting, managing and validating requirements to ensure that the project delivers the right system, including:
  • Business Analysts and Systems Analysts
  • Business Managers
  • Developers
  • Project Managers and Team Leaders
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Managers


12-month BCS Associate membership (not available to previous members). Click here for terms and conditions.

Learning Objectives

This course will enable delegates to:
  • Understand the requirements life cycle:
    • elicitation
    • analysis
    • management
    • validation
  • Understand problems of deriving a clear and acceptable requirements document
  • Understand how to manage an evolving requirements document
  • Prepare for the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering


There are no specific pre-requisites for this course.

It is recommended that those new to Business Analysis consider attending the Business Analysis Foundation course.

Delegates will need to spend 60-90 minutes each evening on revision and example examination questions.

Course Content

  • Business plans and objectives
Nature, Problems and Hierarchy of Requirements
  • The business case and rationale
  • Terms of reference / project initiation document (PID)
  • Functional requirements / non-functional requirements
  • General / technical requirements and service level agreements
Stakeholders in the Requirements Process
  • Project stakeholders
  • Business stakeholders
  • External stakeholders
Requirements Elicitation and Documentation
  • Terms of reference
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Requirements catalogue
Use of Models in Requirements Engineering
  • Developing a process / functional model
  • Read a static (data) model
Knowledge Types
  • Tacit, semi-tacit
  • Non-tacit, taken-for-granted
Requirements Analysis
  • Prioritising requirements
  • Congruence with business objectives
  • Overlapping requirements
  • Identifying and negotiating conflicts between requirements
  • Requirements ambiguity, realism / feasibility and testability
Requirements Management
  • Stable and volatile requirements
  • Management of change to requirements
  • Traceability and ownership
  • CASE for requirements specification
Benefits Confirmation
  • Requirements testing / user acceptance testing
  • Post-implementation review
  • Roles of requirements actors
Requirements Validation
  • Reviews, walkthroughs and inspections
  • Prototyping
  • Sign-off requirements document

Birmingham - Maple House


  • Great Birmingham City Centre location on Corporation Street overlooking Old Square.
  • Award winning venue - IT Training Venue of the year BDRC Best Venue and Silver in The Heart of England Awards.

Please note, the venues are subject to change


Maple House
ETC Venues
150 Corporation Street
B4 6TB



By Road: From The M1 / M6

Leave motorway at Junction 19. Take the M6 toward Coventry (North) / Birmingham. At junction 3a, exit toward Birmingham/M42/M5, merge onto the M6 motorway. Exit the M6 at junction 6, exit toward A38(M) / Birmingham (Cen.). Merge onto A5127 / Aston Expy. Take the exit toward Lancaster Circus Queensway.

At Lancaster Circus Queensway, take the 1st exit onto James Watt Queensway take the ramp onto James watt Queensway. Turn right at Newton Street, turn left at Dalton Street, Maple house is the building on your left as you approach Old Square.


The nearest NCP car packs are:

NCP - Birmingham Londonderry House on Dalton Street

NCP - Birmingham Albert Street

NCP - Birmingham Dale End


By Train:

FromBirmingham New Street Station:

Follow main exit sign Forward through the main ticket check area entering the Pallasades Shopping Centre via the escalator. At the top of the escalator turn left, proceed for 40 meters and then left again, Proceed for 25 Meters. Turn right exiting the Pallasades Shopping Centre. On exit you are on Corporation Street. Accelerate up the hill for approx 500 meters past House of Fraser on the left, finding Maple House on the right. Maple House is located on a corner position overlooking Old Square.


From Snow Hill Train Station:

As you exit the train station (only one main exit) cross the road onto Colmore Row. Continue heading Forward into the open walkway through the tall blue glass building (directly opposite the train station)

Proceed in the same direction for approx 300 meters and then bear left into the Minories Shopping Centre. Upon exiting the indoor shopping centre, continue forward past both pedestrian crossings, finding Maple House on the right. Maple House is located on a corner position overlooking Old Square.


From Moor Street Station:

Start out along Moor Street Queensway heading north. Turn left onto Moor Street Queensway pedestrian crossing heading north. Turn left onto Albert Street heading west. Bear right onto Dale End passing the O2 Academy (Dale End) Nightlife and then Dale End car park. Turn left onto Newton Street and then left onto Dalton Street for Maple House.

Some evening work is required during the course to help solidify the materials taught during the day and prepare for the examination

The BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering exam is taken on the final afternoon.

The format is a one hour, written, open book exam with 15 minutes reading time.

The Certificate is a core module for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

  • 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.

  • The BCS allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose business language is not English. Candidates can request this additional time in line with the BCS reasonable adjustments policy.

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