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Please note the BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness training course has been retired by BCS. 

BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness Course Outline

Business and Finance

  • Evaluating a financial case
    • Purpose of Building a Financial Case
    • Techniques used for evaluating a Financial Case
  • Budgeting, costing, and pricing
    • Costing and Pricing
    • Cash Flow and Cash Management
    • Budgets and Departmentalised Businesses
  • Financial reporting and analysis
    • Statement of Financial Position
    • Income and Expenditure (Income Statement, Profit and Loss Account)
    • Statement of Cash Flows (Cash Flow Statement)
    • Ratios (formulae and interpretation)

Organisational behaviour

  • Market analysis and competitive advantage
    • Analysing the business domain - Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
    • Analysing the portfolio - Boston Box
    • Delivering value - Porter’s Value Chain
  • Organisational behaviour and culture
    • What is organisational behaviour?
    • Organisational effectiveness and the Balanced Scorecard
    • Understanding and analysing culture
  • Group formation
    • Groups and group dynamics
    • Formal and informal groups
  • Principles of organisation structure
    • Organisation structuring
    • Types of jobs
    • Line, staff and functional relationships
    • Formalisation of rules and procedures
    • Centralisation v decentralisation
  • Operating models
    • Organisation structures and their characteristics
    • Organisational boundaries

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Please note the BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness training course has been retired by BCS. 

Who is this Business Analysis Training course for?

This Business Analysis training course is suited to beginners, with little to no experience in the field. Although, Business Analysts and others who currently possess a career in a relevant area can also enrol on this training course to improve their understanding of Commercial Awareness.


There are no entry requirements for this course and so anybody with any level of previous experience or understanding can attend. 

Please note the BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness training course has been retired by BCS. 

BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness Course Overview

This is a two-day course that explores the commercial and organisational knowledge required to be a successful Business Analyst. It focuses on the critical areas of business finance and organisational behaviour and considers the structure, operation, and actions of businesses in terms of Business Analysis.

This course involves teaching delegates three innovative techniques for the evaluation of financial cases, the external and internal impacts for achieving effective organisational evaluation, and the methods for interpreting financial accounts. This BCS Commercial Awareness course is one of four modules that can be taken in order to achieve the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis.

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the techniques used to evaluate a financial case
  • Understand cash flow forecasting and budgeting
  • Interpret financial accounts
  • Define the elements and usage of Porter’s Five Forces Framework, Value Chain, and the Boston Consulting Group’s Matrix
  • Understand the specified business performance ratios
  • Understand performance measures and the use of the Balanced Business Scorecard
  • Define the different management structures and their characteristics]

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Please note the BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness training course has been retired by BCS. 

What's included in this Business Analysis Training Course?

This training course includes:

  • The BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness Examination
  • The Knowledge Academy's Commercial Awareness Courseware
  • Pre-Course Material
  • Free BCS Membership for 1 year after taking your BCS E-Professional Exam
  • BCS Completion Certificate
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Refreshments

Professional Membership Included

Candidates that successfully pass their first exam receive complementary  Professional Membership (usually priced at £152) for 1 year which provides a host of benefits such as:

  • Professional recognition - Tools to gain recognition within the industry include post nominal letters MBCS, and a defined path to Chartered status via Professional membership.
  • Career development - To plan and track progression, members use our Personal Development Plan (PDP), the CPD portal and gain full access to Browse SFIAplus, the online tool that allows them to explore the industry framework for IT skills, training and development.
  • Networking - Top people, great ideas and the latest thinking locally, nationally and online - our global networking opportunities are unrivalled and include branches, specialist groups and the Member Network.
  • Knowledge and best practice - From the latest industry news to our massive online library, the Institute’s information services keep members up to date with best practice, and at the cutting edge of IT.
  • Exclusive discounts and offers - Adding even more value to membership, our discounts and free services enable members to enjoy savings both at work and at home.

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BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness Examination

The BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness exam is:

  • 1 hour in duration
  • Multiple choice
  • 40 questions
  • Has a pass mark of 65%
  • Closed book

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Why choose us

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


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

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.


Tailored learning experience

Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

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


Monitor employees progress

Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

What our customers are saying

Retired: BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness FAQs


Business Analysis is all about identifying business objectives, achieving such objectives, and finding solutions to business problems.
Yes, this course is accredited by BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT).
Yes, we offer this course in a multitude of locations across the UK and globally. This means that it’s easy to find a suitable training venue for you.
As part of enrolling on a Business Analysis training course, you will be provided with engaging sessions led by experienced instructors who will support you through training to help you pass the exam. Furthermore, by gaining a Business Analysis certification you will gain one year’s free BCS Associate membership. Refreshments and courseware are provided. BCS accredited exams are also included in the price of this course.
The price for Retired: BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness certification in Philippines starts from $895
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider in the world for Retired: BCS Certificate in Commercial Awareness.

Why choose us


Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


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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