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BCS ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Video Learning (classroom exam)


This course provides comprehensive first-level training for anyone involved in software testing. It is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), and follows the syllabus specified by the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB).

The course covers the fundamentals of testing: definitions of testing standards, planning, managing the lifecycle, reviews and the tools available. Techniques for creating tests are described and practised. It culminates in a one-hour multiple choice examination for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. Successful delegates will also gain the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level, a globally recognised qualification.

Once purchased, the Video Based Learning and associated exam are active for a 12-month period only, you are required to have sat your exam within this timeframe.

Target Audience

Anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role will benefit from attending this course. Those wishing to attain the BCS Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and/or the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level should also attend.

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

  •   Explain the terminology associated with the ISTQB understand the principles and psychology of testing
  •   Describe verification, validation and the steps in the testing lifecycle produce a project test plan
  •   Understand the test management lifecycle
  •   Produce test designs using equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition techniques
  •   Use static techniques to assess quality and coverage appreciate the different tools available for automating testing

Key Examination Information

The examination consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.

What's Included

Tutor support for the duration of the course

29 hours of Video Learning content

Classroom exam

12 months access to course and exam must be taken within this timeframe

More Information

Delegates should already have a basic working knowledge of IT and an understanding of the testing role in software development.


Fundamentals of Testing

Testing terminology; General testing principles; Why testing is necessary; Fundamental test process; The psychology of testing.

Testing Throughout the Lifecycle

Models for testing; Component, System Integration and Acceptance testing; Maintenance testing; Non-functional system testing; Functional system testing.

Static Techniques

Reviews and the test process; Costs and benefits of reviews; Types of review: Walkthrough, technical review, inspections, informal review; Static analysis

Test Design Techniques

Black and White box testing; Black box test techniques including equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition testing; White box test techniques including statement and decision testing; Experience-based techniques; Choosing test techniques

Test management

Organisation; Project test plan; Configuration management; Test estimation: Inclusion in project schedule; Monitoring and control; Tracking progress and deviations from plan; Incident management: Logging, tracking and analysis; Risk and testing.

Test tools

Types of test tool; Requirements testing; Static analysis; Test design; Data preparation; Capture/replay; Test running; Test harnesses, drivers and simulator; Performance testing; Dynamic analysis; Debugging; Comparison; Test management; Coverage measurement; Effective use, benefits and risk; Introducing a tool into an organization.

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