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BCS Business Analysis Practice (ISEB)

Course Dates, Location & Prices

Business Analysis Practice is available as a full 3-day classroom based course, or 2-day course requiring 7 hours of pre-reading.

Dates Duration Location Price Places Available
28-29 September 2016 2 days London, Farringdon/KX £795 + VAT 2 places remaining
3-5 October 2016 3 days London, Farringdon/KX £895 + VAT Good Availability
5-7 December 2016 3 days London, Farringdon/KX £895 + VAT Good Availability
14-15 December 2016 2 days London, Farringdon/KX £795 + VAT Good Availability

Discounts are available on this course when it is taken as part of our BCS Diploma Package.

Business Analysis Practice Self-Study (exam included)

Business Analysis Practice is available as a self-study option for delegates who have previously taken BCS Requirements Engineering with us. The self-study material is provided as a hard copy document and you need to complete your exam within 12 months. The exam is taken at our offices in Farringdon, London.

Dates Duration Location Price (Including exam fee)
Self-Study Minimum 21 hours self-study and 1 hour 15 minute exam Exam - Farringdon, London £295 + VAT


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Course Overview

This course covers the syllabus and exam for the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice, one of the core modules required for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

This certificate is concerned with some of the strategic aspects of business analysis. Its focus is on using a holistic approach to the investigation and improvement of business situations with a view to developing effective, feasible business solutions.

There are two key elements to the syllabus,

  • the development of a business strategy and
  • the exploration of a business issue, whether a problem or opportunity.

For the first element, candidates are required to understand a range of strategic analysis and performance management techniques. For the second element, they are required to be able to apply strategic business change techniques within a defined framework.

Intended Audience

This module is aimed at individuals who would like to achieve the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice, one of the core modules required for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

It is particularly useful for Business Analysts that may be working in a strategic role, sometimes referred to as 'Business Architecture' because of its focus on the entire business system.

(Important note – The focus of this course is on 'strategic analysis' techniques rather than project based business analysis. This course is not suitable as a 'starter' Business Analysis training course and is therefore not recommended as an introduction for inexperienced Business Analysts. If you are new to business analysis and would like an introductory course please see our Fundamentals of Business Analysis training page).

Course Objectives

Holders of the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice should be able to:

  • Describe how a business strategy is developed
  • Use strategic analysis techniques
  • Describe the need for project discipline
  • Explain techniques to investigate an organisation's business systems
  • Describe an approach to improving business systems
  • Explain the importance of stakeholder management and use a stakeholder analysis technique
  • Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems
  • Describe how recommendations for business improvement may be identified
  • Describe the contents of a rigorous business case for the development and implementation of business changes
  • Identify costs, benefits, impacts and risks for an option in a business case

To view the full BCS syllabus for the Certificate in Business Analysis Practice please click here.

Pre-reading

Delegates attending the two day course are required to complete 7 hours of pre-reading. An electronic pre-reading document will be supplied.

Delegates may also choose to read chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 of the BCS publication 'Business Analysis - Third Edition', but this is purely optional. The BCS reading text is not included in the course fee and delegates should obtain their own copy if they wish to complete the additional reading. The ISBN number for the book is 9781780172774 and it is available direct from the BCS, or from most on-line book retailers.

Classroom Course Approach

The course is mainly theoretical. Delegates are encouraged to learn through group and individual exercises including a case study, as well as exam-based exercises. The BCS exam in Business Analysis Practice is taken on the last afternoon of the course.

Examination Details

The BCS exam in Business Analysis Practice is taken on the afternoon of the last day of classroom courses, or for self-study at an exam only session. The format for the examination is a one hour written open book examination based on a business scenario with 15 minutes reading time.

Candidates must achieve 50% to be awarded a pass grade.

Candidates who are awarded a pass for the examination are awarded the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

Classroom Course Details

Courses run between 9.00 am until 5.30 pm each day. Optional homework may be given.

Refreshments are provided throughout the course. Courses are non-residential, however we can provide a list of recommended hotels close to the venue for those wanting to arrange accommodation.

Part of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis

Business Analysis Practice is one of the core modules for those wanting to achieve the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. To obtain the full Diploma candidates must also obtain the other core module of Requirements Engineering, a Knowledge-based specialism module and a Practitioner specialism module. Candidates must also take a one hour oral exam directly with the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, following successful completion of the four modular certificates.

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