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BCS Business Analysis Practice (ISEB)

Course Dates, Location & Prices

Business Analysis Practice is available as a 2 or 3 day classroom based course. The cost is £630 + VAT per delegate, this includes the exam fee. The exam is taken at the end of the course. Delegates attending the shorter 2 day course are required to complete some pre-reading prior to attending.

Dates Duration Location Price Places Available
5-7 December 2016 3 days London, Farringdon £630 + VAT Good Availability
14-15 December 2016 2 days London, Farringdon £630 + VAT 3 or fewer places remaining
25-26 January 2017 2 days London, Farringdon £630 + VAT Good Availability
8-9 March 2017 2 days London, Farringdon £630 + VAT Good Availability
20-22 March 2017 3 days London, Farringdon £630 + VAT Good Availability

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

When taking this course as part of a BCS Business Analysis Diploma Package each package will specify whether it includes the 2 or 3 day course. We have selected the most appropraite course length for each package, however delegates can exchange the course duration and select from any of the available course dates if preferred.

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.

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. The focus of this course is on 'strategic analysis' techniques rather than project based business analysis.

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

For a printable version of the course overview please >>click here.

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

Course Pre-reading

To help prepare for this course delegates will be supplied with some pre-reading. This will provide an overview of the syllabus for this module and explain some of the business analysis techniques within it in more detail. Pre-reading will take approximately 7 hours.

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.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the course, however delegates should make their own lunch arrangements. 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 International Diploma in Business Analysis

Business Analysis Practice is one of the core modules for those wanting to achieve the BCS International 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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