BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

BCSThe business analysis training course follows the official BCS syllabus for Business Analysis Practice that leads to BCS accredited examination. The course is designed for those looking to develop their understanding of and expertise in business analysis and those looking to gain the Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.



The Business Analysis course covers the fundamental aspects of business analysis and comprises two key elements:

1. Development of a business strategy

2. Exploration of a business issue: problem or opportunity


The course will provide you with the skills and techniques that will allow you to successfully:

1. Formulate a business strategy

2. Explore business problems and opportunities in the context of a business strategy

3. Derive visions and options for solving the problem or realising the opportunity

4. Anticipate subsequent stages of process modelling, requirements definition and solution development



The format of the exam is a one hour, open book written exam, based on a business scenario. The pass mark is 50%.

Course outline

Session 1 - Rationale

A life cycle for business change
The role of the business analyst within the life-cycle for business change
Other roles within the life-cycle of the business change
Purpose of analysing and modelling business systems
The framework for business analysis activities

Session 2 - Understanding the Strategic Context

Internal environment analysis
External environment analysis
SWOT analysis
Critical success factors, key performance indicators and performance targets
The balanced business scorecard as a framework for identifying critical success factors and key performance indicators

Session 3 - Project Discipline for Business Analysis Studies

Terms of reference/Project initiation
Business and project objectives
Deliverables from business analysis studies

Session 4 - Understanding the Situation

Stakeholder identification
Overview of investigative techniques
Representing a holistic view of the business situation

Session 5 - Analysing Stakeholder Perspectives

Stakeholder analysis
Identifying different perspectives
Defining perspectives

Session 6 - Analysing and Modelling Business Activities

Developing a conceptual business activity model from a perspective
Identifying business events
Analysing business rules
Building consensus by resolving conflicts

Session 7 - Identifying Potential Solutions

Gap analysis - Comparing the ideal and existing systems
Defining a new business model (the processes, people, technology and organisation)
Identifying IS/IT requirements to support the new business model

Session 8 - Making the Business Case

Structure of a business case
Identifying options for business change
Identifying and categorising costs and benefits
Identifying and categorising risks
Identifying impacts
The life-cycle for the business case


Click here to download the Business Analysis Syllabus (PDF)

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