BCS Business Analysis Foundation Level Certificate

Course Description

This BCS Business Analysis Foundation Level course provides delegates with an overview of the role and responsibilities of the Business Analyst. The Business Analyst acts as the link between business needs, users and IT on change projects. The course introduces delegates to the contribution that a business analyst makes and the tools and techniques they have at their disposal to assist them in their role. The course is administered by BCS accredited professional trainers who have significant experience of practical business analysis projects. Students are supplied with course notes containing detailed information about business analysis techniques and providing references for further reading. This syllabus has an accompanying examination. The candidate must achieve a pass score in this exam to gain the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Foundation. This qualification also which forms part of the requirement to progress to the BCS Diploma Level.
3 days


Students are advised that the course covers a range of topics from each chapter of the BCS Business Analysis, Paul, Yeates & Cadle (3rd edition). At a minimum, students will be expected to have read chapter 4 of this book, and to be familiar with the content of the book’s other chapters.

Course Objectives

On completion of Business Analysis Foundation course, delegates will be able to:

recognise the skills and competencies required of the business analyst
adopt a business analysis process model approach to change initiatives
understand how a business strategy is developed
how to identify and document business issues
consider the perspectives of stakeholders who will be affected or are interested in the change project and document their views
overview of techniques to model business systems
describe the contents of a business case which would be used to justify a project

Course outline

This three day course follows the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Foundation syllabus and covers the following:

Day 1

Introduction to Business Analysis
The role, skillset and competencies of the Business Analyst
Introducing The Business Analysis Process Model
Introducing Strategy Analysis
The problem with requirements
Investigation Techniques overview
Stakeholder Analysis
Stakeholder Management

Day 2

Modelling Business System
Modelling Business Processes
Gathering Requirements
Documenting and managing requirements
Modelling requirements

Day 3

Delivering the requirements
Making a Business and Financial Case
Implementing Business Change
Course Review
Exam Prep

Exam Prep

Course review to reinforce key exam topics
Hints and tips
Practice exam questions

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