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BCS Int & Pract - Enterprise and Solutions Architecture

This course and qualification is aimed at practising IT Architects, or those wishing to progress into this role.

This is a fast track course which prepares delegates for both the Intermediate and Practitioner exams from the BCS.  There are alternative 3 day courses which allow you to train for these exams in 2 stages (3 days each).

This course and qualification is aimed at practising Architects or students, with a recommended six or more years experience of IS/IT work including some architecture definition.

The course was formerly known as the ISEB Certificate in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture


Learning Objectives

This 5 day course follows the combined syllabus of both the BCS Intermediate and BCS Practitioner Certificates in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture.

It follows a typical flow of an Enterprise Architecture process covering the knowledge and understanding of concepts and terminology involved before applying practical application of this to a case study.

The main concepts covered are:

• The different kinds/levels of IT Architecture

• Aligning IT to Business

• Architectural pre-cursors such as constraints and motivation

• The value and use of frameworks

• Concepts and techniques associated with the main Architecture Domains - Business, Data, Applications, Infrastructure

• An architectural approach to handling non-function alrequirements


Throughout delegates are shown how to and practice creating a set of IT Architectural deliverables (views) in the following areas:

• Architectural pre-cursors

• Business, Data, Application and Infrastructure architecture

• Governance of architectural activity


The primary aims are to give Enterprise and Solution Architects a broad framework that covers the range of architecture work that precedes and steers system development, and to focus attention on areas where the architect is responsible for effective design and risk management.

A secondary aim is to provide architects with generally applicable knowledge and training - independent of any specific architecture framework including general knowledge and skills.  

This course will enable delegates to:

- demonstrate that they can apply this knowledge to specific circumstances
- produce deliverables in architecture pre-cursors: goals, directives and scope
- produce architecture descriptions for business, data, applications and infrastructure architectures


Six or more years experience of IS/IT work including some architecture definition.

Course Content

- Introduction - Architecture and Architects

- Aligning IT with the Business

- Initial Architecture Activity - Architecture Pre-cursors and Frameworks

- Business Architecture

- Application Architecture

- Software Architecture

- Data Architecture

- Infrastructure Architecture

- Migration Planning

- Architecture Management

- Intermediate and Practitioner Examinations

Exams & Certification

1. BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture.
A one hour exam with 40 questions.

2. BCS Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture.
A one hour scenario based exam is held at the conclusion of the course.

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