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BCS Business Analysis Practice and Commercial Awareness Fast Track

This course enables delegates to complete the BCS Business Analysis Practice and Commercial Awareness course modules and written examinations in 5 consecutive days of training.

These are two of the four modules which you need to achieve the valuable BCS Business Analysis Diploma.


Business Analysis Practice (BAP)

Business Analysis Practice provides participants with the skills they need to become effective business analysts. A range of business analysis techniques including SWOT analysis, stakeholder management, business activity modelling and gap analysis are explored. During the course, participants will be encouraged to apply these techniques in the context of a business analysis assignment. The stages of this assignment will include the investigation of the business situation, analysis of key issues and their root causes, gap analysis to establish the business problems as well as the identification and evaluation of possible solutions.


Commercial Awareness (CA)

The Commercial Awareness course gives an understanding of those financial and management accounting techniques that are crucial to an organisation both from a legal and administrative perspective. It also explores the social science aspects that are often hidden or not given sufficient priority that will ultimately govern the flexibility and adaptability of an organisation, which determine its ability to survive in today's competitive markets.


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Learning Objectives

Complete two BCS Business Analysis Diploma course modules and written examinations in just one week.

Business Analysis Practice:

  • Describe how a business strategy is developed and use strategic analysis techniques
  • Identify the external and internal influences which affect a business
  • Analyse and model business systems
  • Take account of the perspectives of different stakeholders
  • Identify potential business improvements
  • Evaluate improvements by means of a business case
  • Identify costs, benefits, impacts and risks for an option in a business case
  • Derive IT system requirements from the business model

Commercial Awareness:

  • Understand three techniques used to evaluate a financial case.
  • Understand costing and pricing.
  • Understand cash flow forecasting and budgeting.
  • Describe the contents of financial accounting documents.
  • Interpret financial accounts.
  • Explain specified business performance ratios.
  • Define the elements and usage of Porter’s Five Forces Framework and Value Chain.
  • Define the elements and usage of the Boston Consulting Group’s matrix.
  • Define the performance measures and usage of the Balanced Business Scorecard.
  • Define the elements of specified cultural analysis approaches.
  • Explain the different management structures and their characteristics.
  • Define the different architectures that may be adopted by organisations.



Course Content

See the individual course outlines for full details of each module:

BCS Business Analysis Practice

BCS Commercial Awareness

Exams & Certification

The exams for these courses are included.

For each module there is a one hour, written exam, based on a business scenario. The pass mark for these written exams is 50%.

Both modules count towards the BCS Business Analysis Diploma. BAP is a one of the compulsory modules. CA is a "Knowledge Based Specialism" option.

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