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BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

The business analysis practice 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.

Business Change Course

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%.

BCS Business Change Logo

Business Analysis Practice 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

BCS Business Analysis Practice: Syllabus