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ISTQB Software Testing Foundation and BCS Intermediate

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 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.

Delegates also have the opportunity to take the BCS Intermediate Certificate examination as well as the Foundation (both exams are taken on the last day of the course).

Delegates will need to spend some time each evening on revision and example examination questions. The amount of time required will depend on experience, but delegates should be prepared to spend a minimum of 1 hour each evening.

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.


Learning Objectives

  • 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. Delegates will benefit from pre-reading the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus and a standard text on the subject from the BCS book list.

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

  • ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Certificate
  • BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

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, BCS will withhold the Intermediate results until they pass the Foundation exam (they have 3 months to achieve that).

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.

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