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BCS Int & Pract - Enterprise and Solution Architecture (Weekend)

Please note that the combined Intermediate and Practitioner course is scheduled over  3 weekends (6 days). Please check course dates carefully.

This course includes both class exercises and case study work. The practitioner exam is based on the case study.

This accredited course spans the breath of architecture concepts from business through data and applications and software to infrastructure.

Target Audience:

The course is designed primarily for people in or approaching a career as a solution architect. It suits software architects, other technical specialists, business analysts and technical team managers who want to broaden their horizons. But it also suits anybody interested in the terms, concepts and practice of architecture; especially people wanting to act in an architect role, and their stakeholders. It is recommended that attendees have seven years’ experience of IS/IT work including contact with architects and architecture descriptions.


The course is intensive. It includes presentations, discussions, class exercises and exam preparation. It concludes with two BCS professional certificate examinations for BCS Intermediate and Practitioner Enterprise and Solution Architecture.

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Learning Objectives

After the course, attendees will understand many terms, concepts, processes and products used by enterprise and solution architects, understand what it means to apply architecture frameworks such as TOGAF and Zachman, and understand the place of modelling languages such as UML and ArchiMate. They will be able to fill the gap between high-level management frameworks and low-level software development lifecycles. The course includes class exercises and case study work.

Course Content


  • Architects and systems
  • Components and layers
  • Architecture terms and concepts
  • Enterprise & solution architect roles


  • Principles
  • Scoping
  • Stakeholders and concerns
  • Goals and requirements


  • Architecture processes
  • Architecture products
  • Architecture reference models


  • Human activity systems
  • Functions/Capabilities
  • Processes/Scenarios


  • Data at rest - in stores
  • Data in motion - in flows
  • Data quality and interoperation


  • Modularity and decoupling
  • Design patterns
  • Interoperation & comm. styles


  • Application services
  • Applications architecture
  • Integration tools and patterns


Performance, availability, recoverability, integrity, security, etc. 


  • Cloud computing
  • Network concepts
  • Solution technology definition

Revision and exam preparation

Intermediate examination

Practitioner exam preparation


  • Migration path
  • Business case
  • The agile mindset


  • Waterfall / Iterative / Agile delivery
  • Change management
  • Governance

Practitioner examination

Exams & Certification

The course concludes with two formal examinations set and marked by the BCS, who later send the exam results directly to delegates. The BCS Intermediate and Practitioner level Professional Certificates in Enterprise and Solution Architecture are well-respected qualifications that help people understand a variety of architecture frameworks.

Each exam is a formal 60 minute exam, comprising 40 multiple choice questions, run by a BCS representative. You may bring mobile devices, but must switch them off during presentations.  The examinable reference model will be given to you in the course manual.


Some pre-reading may be advised before the course.

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