BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

Course 3507

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Labs: Yes
  • Exam Voucher: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Level: Foundation

As a business analyst, you are the link between the business and its customers. This certification training course explores tools and techniques for maximising the value delivered to your customer. It covers fundamental aspects of business analysis, as outlined by The Chartered Institute for IT, to prepare for the BCS Foundation Exam — a first step towards the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Included with the training material is the following book: Paul, Debra, et al. Business Analysis, Third Edition. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 2014. ISBN 9781780172774.

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Delivery Methods

  • In-Person

  • Online

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course Information

In this course, you will:

  • Prepare for and pass the BCS Foundation Exam.
  • Analyse the development of a business strategy.
  • Perform business system modelling.
  • Identify costs, benefits, impacts, and risks for change in a business case.



Exam Information

  • Exam included in course price
  • one hour, closed book
  • multiple choice
  • pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40)

International Diploma in Business Analysis

Upon passing your exam, BCS will contact you to activate your membership. Once activated, you will be a BCS Associate Member and will have access to the wealth of benefits and support to help you in your career.

  • BCS Associate membership provides exclusive access to resources, content and opportunities that will enrich your career.
  • Note: This offer is only available once to each exam candidate. Exam candidates who have previously benefited from free Associate Membership will not be eligible for this offer again even if you have taken another qualifying BCS exam.

BCS Foundation Certificate Training Outline

The role of the Business Analyst in the business change life cycle

  • Producing the business case
  • Other roles in the business change lifecycle

The framework for business analysis activities

  • Relating business analysis to strategic analysis, definition, and IT systems analysis
  • The holistic approach to business analysis

Analyzing the business environment

  • Internal and external environments
  • Analyzing the business with SWOT analysis

Developing business metrics

  • Identifying your Critical Success Factors (CSF)
  • Creating Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Identifying critical success with the Balanced Business Scorecard
  • Reading the Terms of Reference or Project Initiation Document
  • OSCAR (objectives, scope, constraints, authority and resources)
  • What does the business wish to achieve and deliver?
  • Creating SMART objectives

Stakeholder identification

  • Using the Stakeholder wheel
  • Overview of investigative techniques

Representing a holistic view of the business situation

  • Generating Rich pictures
  • Making Mind Maps

Stakeholder analysis and management

  • Power/Interest Grid
  • Stakeholder management strategies

Identifying and defining different perspectives

  • Contrasting different stakeholder perspectives
  • Analyzing the root cause with CATWOE

Developing a Business Activity Model

  • Depicting business perspectives with a Business Activity Model (BAM)
  • Describing the BAM process and notation
  • Identifying business events

Analyzing business rules

  • Distinguishing between business rule types
  • Recognizing business rules levels of constraint

Building the Consensus Business Activity Model

  • Identifying differences between business activity models
  • Negotiating to resolve conflicts

Gap analysis - comparing the ideal and existing systems

  • Outlining the gap analysis process
  • Identifying inputs to, and outputs from, gap analysis

Defining a new business model

  • Exploiting areas for change - processes, people, technology and organization

Identifying requirements using business activity and business process models

  • Classifying models that document and analyze requirements
  • Recognizing data/processing requirements

    The Business Case lifecycle

    • Structuring the business case
    • Identifying and shortlisting options for business change

    Identifying and categorizing costs and benefits

    • Classifying tangible and intangible costs and benefits
    • Investment appraisal techniques

    Risk and impact identification, categorization, and management

    • Identifying and assessing risk impact and probability
    • Risk management approaches

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    BCS Foundation Course FAQs

    The BCS Institute is The Chartered Institute for IT.

    You can earn the Practitioner Certification in Business Analysis Practise if you pass the course exam.

    In Business Analysis Practise you will not receive any PDUs.

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