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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 accredited course spans the breath of architecture concepts from business through data and applications and software to infrastructure. It concludes with two BCS professional certificate examinations. This weekend course runs over 2 weekends. Please check course dates carefully.

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 examinations 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.


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.

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.


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

Course Content

This course describes a broad framework of architecture work that precedes then steers IT system development. It defines areas of focus for IT Architects and aims to cover generally applicable concepts and knowledge independent of any specific framework.

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

This course prepares delegates for the BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture, the achievement of which demonstrates that Enterprise and Solution Architects have a consistent and comprehensive platform of knowledge about architecture terms and concepts.

Exams & Certification

The ICESA course finishes with the BCS Intermediate level exam on the final weekend.

The course prepares delegates wishing to gain the BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture.

The course concludes with examination for the BCS professional certificate in enterprise and solution architecture. 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.

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