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BCS Intermediate - Enterprise and Solution Architecture (Weekend)

Please note that this Intermediate course is run over 2 weekends. Please check course dates carefully.

This 4 day accredited course spans the breath of architecture concepts from business through data and applications and software to infrastructure. It concludes with the BCS Intermediate - Enterprise and Solution Architecture professional certificate examination.

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.


The course is intensive. It includes presentations, discussions, class exercises and exam preparation. It concludes with one examination for the BCS professional certificate.

Course days usually run from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm; and to 4 pm on the last day.

Select specific date to see price, venue and full details.

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.


It is recommended that attendees have four years’ experience of IS/IT work including contact with architects and architecture descriptions.

Course Content


  • Architects and systems
  • Components and design patters
  • 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
  • Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Interoperation & communication styles


  • Application services
  • Applications architecture
  • Integration tools and patterns


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


  • Cloud computing
  • Network concepts
  • Solution technology definition

Intermediate exam preparation

Intermediate examination

Exams & Certification

This course finishes with the BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture exam on the final weekend.

This 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.

The course concludes with a formal examination set and marked by the BCS, who later send the exam result directly to delegates. The BCS Intermediate level Professional Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture is a well-respected qualification that helps people understand a variety of architecture frameworks.


Some pre-reading may be advised before the course.

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