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BCS Foundation and Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

This course provides comprehensive training for anyone involved in software testing, including test analysts and test managers looking for highly practical knowledge and techniques. It is a combination of lectures, workshops, exercises and sample exam questions. Delegates will leave with testing knowledge, skills and techniques which can be applied in the workplace.

The Foundation material is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), and follows the syllabus specified by the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB). It culminates in a one-hour multiple choice examination for the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level, a globally recognised qualification.

The Intermediate material is also accredited by the BCS, and culminates in a one-hour multiple choice examination for BCS Intermediate Certificate.

Both exams are taken on the last day of the course.

Target Audience:

This course is suitable for anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role who wishes to attain the ISTQB Foundation and BCS Intermediate Certificates in Software Testing.

What's Included:

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

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the terminology associated with the ISTQB and understand the principles, psychology and code of ethics of testing
  • Describe verification, validation and testing approaches in different life cycles and domains
  • 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 Understand how to apply review techniques effectively Perform risk analysis techniques
  • Address test management areas of planning, monitoring and controlling Select and apply the most appropriate test analysis techniques


  • Delegates should already have a basic working knowledge of IT and an understanding of the testing role in software development. Those who intend to sit the examination at the end of the course will benefit from pre-reading the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus and a standard text on the subject from the ISEB book list.
  • Passing the ISTQB Foundation exam is a pre-requisite for the BCS Intermediate Certificate. If a candidate takes both the Foundation and the Intermediate but fails the Foundation Level, ISEB will withhold the Intermediate results until they pass the Foundation exam (they have 3 months to achieve that).

If you are taking a 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.

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

Fundamentals of Testing

Why is Testing Necessary , What is Testing?, Seven Testing Principles, Fundamental Test Process, The Psychology of Testing, Code of Ethics, Application Domain.

Testing Throughout the Software Life Cycle

Software Development Models, Test Levels, Test Types, Maintenance Testing.

Static Techniques

The Principles of Reviews, Types of Reviews, Using Different review types, Performing a Formal Review, Static Analysis by Tools.

Test Design Techniques

The Test Development Process, Categories of Test Design Techniques, Specification-based or Black-box Techniques, Structure-based or White-box Techniques, Experience-based Techniques , Choosing Test Techniques.

Test Analysis

Test Environment Requirements, Coverage Measures.

Testing & Risks

Introduction to Risk & Risk based Testing, Risk Management, Product Risk Identification & Analysis.

Test Management

Test Organization, Test Policy, Strategy & Plans, Test Planning, Estimation and Estimation Techniques, Test Monitoring, Entry & Exit Criteria, Configuration Management, Incident Management Process.

Tool Support for Testing

Types of Test Tools, Effective Use of Tools: Potential Benefits and Risks, Introducing a Tool into an Organization.

Exams & Certification

Examinations included in this course

  • ISTQB-ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level Certificate
  • ISEB Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

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