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BCS Foundation In Business Analysis Practice Training Course

Demonstrate Knowledge & Understanding Of Business Analysis Principles


BCS Membership Offer: If you do not hold a BCS certification and successfully pass the examination for this training course - you will be given one year's complementary BCS Membership. This offer is only valid for your first BCS qualification.

What do Business Analysts do? What skills and competencies do they require to do their role?

Our BCS Foundation in Business Analysis Practice level course will provide you with an overview of the role of the Business Analyst who acts as the link between business needs, users and IT within change initiatives. It will introduce you to the contribution that a business analyst makes and the tools and techniques they have at their disposal to assist them in their role.

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3 Days
£1095Excl. VAT

Course Outline

Introduction to business analysis

  • The origins of business analysis
  • The development of business analysis
  • The scope of business analysis
  • The role and responsibilities of the business analyst

The competencies of a business analyst

  • Personal, business and professional competencies
  • Competency development

Business strategy analysis

  • The strategic context
  • Strategy development
  • Strategic analysis techniques
  • SWOT analysis
  • Executing strategy

The Business Analysis Process Model

  • An approach to problem-solving
  • Stages of the business analysis process model
  • Techniques and activities for each stage

Investigation techniques

  • Interviewing and workshops
  • Observation approaches
  • Scenarios and prototyping
  • Quantitative investigation techniques
  • Documenting the current situation

Stakeholder analysis and management

  • Identifying and categorising stakeholders
  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Stakeholder management strategies
  • Stakeholder perspectives
  • Business activity models

Modelling business processes

  • Functional and process views
  • The organisational view of business processes
  • Value propositions
  • As is business process models
  • Business events
  • Improving business processes
  • To be business process models

Defining the solution

  • Gap analysis
  • Introduction to business architecture
  • Business architecture techniques

Making a business and financial case

  • The business case in the project lifecycle
  • Identifying options
  • Assessing feasibility
  • Structure of a business case
  • Investment appraisal techniques

Requirements engineering

  • Requirements engineering and the systems development lifecycle
  • The requirements engineering framework
  • Actors in requirements engineering
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Requirements analysis
  • Documenting requirements
  • Requirements validation
  • Managing requirements

Modelling requirements

  • Modelling system functions
  • Modelling system data

Delivering the requirements

  • Delivering the solution
  • Development lifecycles

Delivering the business solution

  • BA role in the business change lifecycle
  • Design and Implementation
  • The SARAH model
  • Realisation of benefits


You will learn how to:

  • Recognise the skills and competencies required of the business analyst
  • Describe how a business strategy is developed
  • Adopt a business analysis process modal approach to change initiatives
  • Capture business system issues
  • Consider the perspectives of key individuals who will be affected or are interested in the change project and document their views
  • Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems
  • Describe the contents of a business case which would be used to justify a project
  • Include the people issues in any change initiative plan

About the Course

Our 3-day course is fast-paced and through the use of examples and a simple case study introduces you to the contribution that a business analyst makes within a business. We also consider the tools and techniques available to Business Analysts to assist them in their role.

Who Should Attend

Our BCS Foundation in Business Analysis Practice course is suitable for anyone new to Business Analysis or anyone wishing to understand the role better, but may be preferable for those having already completed courses in the Diploma stream and/or have some experience.

Materials Provided

Full course materials will be provided.

Organisational Benefits

Business Analysis is a fundamental requirement to ensure that services are developed and designed to meet business needs

Individual Benefits

You will have the opportunity to gain a widely recognised formal qualification.


You should meet the following requirements:

  • A general understanding of the Business or IT Environment and completion of pre-course study material as supplied
  • Ability to commit to 2-3 hours homework per night during the course


There is no pre-course study material associated with this training course.

Exam Overview

During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Foundation in Business Analysis certificate multiple choice examination, which is held on the final afternoon of the course.

A pass means a Foundation certificate in Business Analysis and that puts you one step closer to a BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis but that’s not all, as well as covering the entire BCS syllabus, this programme will develop your SFIA skills, REQM, level 3.

Exam Type

Classroom Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

Not applicable.


BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

Next Steps

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If you have successfully passed the course and examination, you will be awarded the BCS Foundation in Business Analysis Practice.

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