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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis (ISEB)

Course Dates, Location & Prices

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis is a 3 day course including exam. The price of £695 + VAT includes the BCS exam, which is taken during the course (total cost including VAT £834).

Dates Location Price Places Available
12-14 September 2017 London, Regents Park, NW8 £695 + VAT 3 places remaining
25-27 September 2017 Bradford, Yorkshire £695 + VAT Limited - call to book
13-15 November 2017 Bradford, Yorkshire £695 + VAT Good Availability
21-23 November 2017 London, Regents Park, NW8 £695 + VAT Good Availability
16-18 January 2018 London, Regents Park, NW8 £695 + VAT Good Availability
26-28 March 2018 London, Regents Park, NW8 £695 + VAT Good Availability
5-7 June 2018 London, Regents Park, NW8 £695 + VAT Good Availability

Discounts available on this course when it is taken as part of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

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We also offer a one day Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis course including exam. This one day course with exam is only suitable for delegates who have already taken the Requirements Engineering, Business Analysis Practice and Modelling Business Processes exams with us and would like to gain the Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis as the final step to achieving the modules necessary for the Diploma in Business Analysis. This one day course covers revision, exam technique and the exam for the Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

Date Location Price Places Available
29 September 2017 London, Regents Park, NW8 £395 + VAT Good Availability
15 December 2017 London, Regents Park, NW8 £395 + VAT Good Availability
2 March 2018 London, Regents Park, NW8 £395 + VAT Good Availability

Course Overview

The details below relate to the 3 day Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis course.

This 3 day business analysis training course covers the syllabus and exam for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis. This certificate provides a very broad coverage of many aspects of Business Analysis for those seeking a high-level understanding of the Business Analyst role.

Intended Audience

The Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis is an introductory level course suitable for those with little or no business analysis experience. Attendees will gain an understanding of the range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are applicable to Business Analysis.

It is also suitable for individuals, maybe in different disciplines such as project management or systems development who require a high level understanding of the role of the Business Analyst, but may not be expected to perform business analysis work themselves.

This certification provides a foundation to progress to the range of practitioner level BCS modular certificates, such as Requirements Engineering, Business Analysis Practice and Modelling Business Processes. Please note however that it is not a pre-requisite for taking a practitioner level certificate. Existing or aspiring Business Analysts who already have some experience, may consider by-passing the foundation level and progressing straight to the Fundamentals of Business Analysis training course.

Course Objectives

Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business analysis principles and techniques. Key areas are:

  • The role and competencies of a business analyst
  • Strategy analysis
  • Business system and business process modelling
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Investigation and modelling techniques
  • Requirements engineering
  • Business case development

Course Structure

  • What is a Business Analyst? (2.5%)
  • The competencies of a Business Analyst (2.5%)
  • Strategy analysis (7.5%)
  • The Business Analysis process model (5%)
  • Investigation techniques (15%)
  • Stakeholder analysis and management (10%)
  • Modelling business processes (10%)
  • Defining the solution (5%)
  • Making a business and financial case (10%)
  • Establishing the requirements (7.5%)
  • Documenting and managing requirements (7.5%)
  • Modelling requirements (7.5%)
  • Delivering the requirements (5%)
  • Delivering the business solution (5%)

To download the full BCS syllabus for the Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis please click here.

To download a printable course overview for the Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis please click here.

Pre-reading

The syllabus for this course and exam is based on the BCS publication Business Analysis, Third Edition. It is strongly recommended that delegates purchase and familiarise themselves with this book before attending the course. The headings listed in the syllabus relate to the relevant chapter headings, section headings and text included in this publication.

The BCS reading text is not included in the course fee and delegates should obtain their own copy in order to complete the pre-reading. The ISBN number for the book is 9781780172774 and it is available direct from the BCS, or from most on-line book retailers.

Examination Details

To support preparation for taking the exam we provide delegates with three sample BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis exam papers during the course.

The Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis exam is taken on the final afternoon of the course. The exam fee is included in the costs shown above. The format of the examination is a one hour multiple-choice examination consisting of 40 questions. The examination is closed book (no materials can be taken into the examination room). Candidates need to achieve a minimum of 26 marks out of 40 to pass the examination. Candidates who are awarded a pass for the examination are awarded the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

Course Details

The duration of this course is three days. Courses run daily from 9.00 am until 5.30 pm each day.

Tea, coffee and cold drinks are available throughout the course, however delegates should make their own lunch arrangements. Courses are non-residential, however we can provide a list of recommended hotels close to the venue for those wanting to arrange accommodation.

Part of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis

The Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis can be used as a knowledge-based specialism towards the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis. To obtain the full Diploma candidates must also obtain the two core modules and a Practitioner specialism module. Candidates must also take a one hour oral exam directly with the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, following successful completion of the four modules.

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