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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course Outline

This course covers the following key areas, which on completion, delegates will be able to demonstrate exceptional knowledge and understanding:

Module 1: Introduction to Business Analysis

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Development of Business Analysis
  • Scope of Business Analysis Work
  • Principles of Business Analysis
  • Role and Responsibilities of a Business Analyst
  • Variants of the Business Analyst Role

Module 2: Competencies of a Business Analyst

  • T-Shaped Professional
  • Ways of Developing the Competencies

Module 3: Strategic Context for Business Analysis

  • What is Strategy?
  • Business Analysis and Strategic Context
  • Adaptive Strategy Development
  • Linear Strategy Development
  • Hybrid Strategy Development
  • Understanding the Strategic Context
  • VMOST and the Core Building Blocks for the Strategic Context
  • Performance Measurement
  • Critical Success Factors (CSF)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Performance Measurement and VMOST
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Strategy Execution 
  • Business Model Canvas

Module 4: Introduction to Business Analysis Service Framework

  • Business Analysis Service Framework
  • Strategic Context for the BA Service
  • Recipients of Business Analysis Services

Module 5: Investigating the Business Situation

  • Investigating the Business Situation
  • Investigation Techniques
  • Recording a Business Situation
  • Applicability of Investigation Techniques

Module 6: Analysing and Managing Stakeholders

  • Stakeholder
  • Categories of Stakeholder
  • Analysing Stakeholders
  • Describing Stakeholder Responsibilities

Module 7:  Improving Business Services and Processes

  • Business Process Hierarchy
  • Reasons for Modelling Value Streams and Business Processes
  • Techniques Used at the Enterprise Level
  • Value Chain Analysis (Porter)
  • Aspects of the Event Response Level
  • UML Activity Models
  • Analysis Considerations at Actor-task Level
  • Analysing as-is Process Models
  • Generic Approaches to Improving Business Processes
  • Purpose of Customer Journey Maps

Module 8: Defining the Solution

  • Gap Analysis Process
  • POPIT™ and Gap Analysis
  • Formulating Options
  • Types of Options
  • Design Thinking
  • Divergent and Convergent Thinking

Module 9: Making the Business Case

  • Business Case in the Project Lifecycle
  • Identify the Areas of Feasibility Assessment
  • PESTLE for Feasibility Assessment
  • Structure of a Business Case
  • Analysis of Costs and Benefits
  • Impact Assessment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Business Case within an Agile Context
  • CARDI Log
  • Investment Appraisal
  • Investment and Appraisal Techniques
  • Payback
  • Payback and Risk – Time Value of Money
  • Discounted Cash Flow
  • Internal Rate of Return

Module 10: Establishing the Requirements

  • Importance of Requirements
  • Requirements Engineering Framework
  • Actors in Requirements Engineering
  • Types of Requirements
  • Other Types of Requirements
  • Hierarchy of Requirements
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Tacit Knowledge
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Elements of Requirements Analysis
  • Business Rules
  • Requirement Filters
  • MoSCoW

Module 11: Documenting and Modelling Requirements

  • Documenting and Managing Requirements
  • Importance of Documentation
  • Documentation Styles
  • Requirements Catalogue
  • User Stories
  • Documentation Styles – User Stories
  • Use Case Diagram
  • Context Diagram
  • Use Case Description
  • Modelling Data Requirements
  • Class Model
  • Product Backlog in an Agile Environment
  • Business Requirements Document

Module 12: Validating and Managing Requirements

  • Requirements Engineering Framework
  • Requirements Validation
    • Formal
    • Agile
  • Requirements Management
    • Traceability
    • Change Control

Module 13: Delivering the Requirements

  • Delivery Lifecycles  
    • Waterfall
    • ‘V’ Model
    • Incremental
    • Iterative lifecycle (Agile)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of the Lifecycles

Module 14: Delivering the Business Solution

  • People at the Heart of Business Change Design and Development
  • POPIT Perspective
  • BA Role in Design and Development
  • Implementation - Business Readiness Assessment
  • Business Readiness Assessment (Mckinsey 7S Framework)
  • Business Readiness Assessment (CPPOLDAT)
  • Considering Migration and Transition
  • Human Response to Change
  • Responses to Change SARAH
  • Realisation Stage
  • Benefits Management Process
  • Benefits Plan
  • Benefits Dependency Network
  • Benefits Review
  • Scheduled Reviews
  • Unscheduled Reviews
  • Benefits Realisation Report

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Who should attend this  BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course?

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course is suitable for a wide range of professionals and individuals who are interested in gaining foundational knowledge and skills in business analysis.  This course can be beneficial for professionals, including:

  • Aspiring Business Analysts
  • Entry-level Business Analysts
  • Business Consultants
  • Systems Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Quality Assurance Professionals

Prerequisites of the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course

There are no formal prerequisites to attend this BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course. However, a basic understanding of business operations and projects can be beneficial.

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course Overview

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis is a certification course that provides an introduction to the fundamentals of business analysis. Business analysis is a vital component of achieving success in any organisation, bridging the gap between business needs and technological solutions. Business Analysts play a pivotal role in identifying areas for improvement, implementing changes, and ensuring smooth transitions within organisations.

With the growing dependence of businesses on data-driven decision-making, the demand for skilled business analysts is growing rapidly. The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis is designed for individuals who aspire to become business analysts, as well as professionals in related fields, such as project management, IT, and business operations. Mastering the fundamentals of business analysis could help professionals contribute to organisational success and advance their careers.

Through this 3-day Business Analysis Training Course, delegates will gain valuable insights into various critical areas, including research methods, documenting process models, change management, and risk assessments. They will emerge with the competence to analyse stakeholders, develop business cases, create robust process models, engage in stakeholder analysis, manage change processes and evaluate strategies, all of which are essential for driving organisational success.

Course Objectives:

  • To understand the role and responsibilities of a business analyst
  • To identify and analyse business needs
  • To elicit and document business requirements
  • To model business processes using industry-standard notations
  • To evaluate potential business solutions
  • To manage stakeholders and their expectations
  • To apply project management principles to Business Analysis activities

Upon completing this course, delegates will receive the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis, demonstrating their foundational knowledge of business analysis principles and practices. This internationally recognised Business Analysis Certification will enhance their professional credentials and career opportunities in business analysis.

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What’s included in the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course?

  • BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Examination
  • World-class training sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Certificate 
  • Digital Delegate Pack 

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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Exam Information

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Exam assesses participants' understanding of foundational business analysis principles and practices. This certification focuses on evaluating an individual's knowledge of key concepts and techniques used in business analysis. The format of the exam is as follows: 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice 
  • Total Questions: 40 Questions 
  • Total Marks: 40 Marks 
  • Pass Mark: 65%, or 26/40 Marks 
  • Duration: 60 Minutes 
  • Open Book/Closed Book: Closed book 

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Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


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This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


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This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis FAQs


BCS Business Analysis refers to the practice and certification in Business Analysis offered by the British Computer Society (BCS). This BCS Foundation Course encompasses techniques, tools, and methodologies used to identify business needs and find solutions to business problems. BCS offers various levels of certification in Business Analysis to validate the skills and knowledge of professionals in this field.
BCS Business Analysis Foundation exams typically consist of a closed-book format with 40 questions, and candidates are allotted 60 minutes to complete them.
In order to obtain the BCS Business Analysis Foundation, you need to complete this BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course and pass the examination.
Yes, this BCS Business Analysis Foundation Course is accredited by BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT).
The BCS Foundation Course acts as the gateway to other BCS courses. After passing the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis exam, you can choose to use this qualification to help you to enhance your career and achieve a job/a more advanced job in Business Analysis. However, as this certification is classed as a module, counting towards achieving the prestigious BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis, another option is to continue training and work towards achieving this advanced qualification.
There are no prerequisites for the BCS Business Analysis Foundation examination.
The BCS Foundation Certification spans a duration of 3 days.
Yes, there is an exam for the BCS Foundation Certification within this training course.
The price for BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis certification in the United Kingdom starts from £1495
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Trusted & Approved

Our Business Analysis training is accredited by BCS


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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