Foundation Course Business Analysis Reading Berkshire

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis


This certificate covers the range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are applicableĀ  to Business Analysis. Candidates are required to demonstrate their knowledge andĀ  understanding of these aspects of Business Analysis.

The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Business Analysis including business analysts, business managers and their staff, business change managers and project managers.

Course Format

This is a three day course. Note that a written exam paper is not provided for this course. The exam can be taken on line at a Pearson Vue or Prometric Test Centre. You will need to register with the test centre and book your exam in.

The course will finish at 2.45 on the third day allowing you time to sit the exam in the afternoon if you wish. The venue is conveniently situated with in 10 minute walk of two test centres.

If you would prefer to sit your exam on another day following the course or later in the afternoon you may remain on the course until 5pm and revise, your trainer will remain and will be happy to provide extra tuition and guidance on any specific revision topics that you would like to cover.


Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of businessĀ  analysis principles and techniques. Key areas are:

  • the role and competencies of a business analyst
  • strategy analysis
  • business system and business process modelling
  • stakeholder analysis
  • investigation and modelling techniques
  • requirements engineering
  • business case development
  • management of business change


1. What is Business Analysis (2.5%)
1.1 The origins of business analysis
1.2 The development of business analysis
1.3 The scope of business analysis work
1.4 Business analysis
1.5 Taking an holistic approach
1.6 The role and responsibilities of a business analyst

2. The Competencies of a Business Analyst (2.5%)
2.1 Behavioural skills and personal qualities
2.2 Business knowledge
2.3 Techniques
2.4 The development of competencies

3. Strategy Analysis (7.5%)
3.1 The context for strategy
3.2 The definition of strategy (Johnson and Scholes, 2001)
3.3 Strategy development
3.4 External environment analysis
3.5 Internal environment analysis
3.6 SWOT analysis
3.7 Implementing strategy

4. The Business Analysis Process Model (5%)
4.1 An approach to problem-solving
4.2 Stages of the business analysis process model
4.3 Objectives of the process model stages
4.4 Procedure for each process model stage
4.5 Techniques used within each process model stage

5. Investigation techniques (15%)
5.1 Interviews
5.2 Observation
5.3 Workshops
5.4 Scenarios
5.5 Prototyping
5.6 Quantitative approaches
5.7 Documenting the current business situation

6. Stakeholder Analysis and Management (5%)
6.1 Definition of a stakeholder
6.2 Stakeholder categories and identification
6.3 Analysing stakeholders
6.4 Stakeholder management strategies
6.5 Managing stakeholders

7. Modelling Business Systems (10%)
7.1 Soft systems methodology
7.2 Business perspectives
7.3 Business activity models
7.4 Business events
7.5 Business rules
7.6 Critical success factors and key performance indicators
7.7 Use of the business activity model in gap analysis

8. Modelling Business Processes (10%)
8.1 Organisational context
8.2 An alternative view of an organisation
8.3 The organisational view of business processes
8.4 Value propositions and value chain
8.5 Business process models
8.6 Analysing the as-is business process model
8.7 Improving business processes (to-be business process)

9. Gathering the Requirements (7.5%)
9.1 The problems with requirements
9.2 A process for requirements engineering
9.3 Actors in requirements engineering
9.4 Requirements elicitation
9.5 Building the requirements list
9.6 Requirements analysis
9.7 Validating requirements

10. Documenting and Managing Requirements (5%)
10.1 The requirements document
10.2 The requirements catalogue
10.3 Managing requirements

11. Modelling Requirements (10%)
11.1 Modelling system functions
11.2 Modelling system data

12. Delivering the Requirements (5%)
12.1 Delivering the solution
12.2 Context for the delivery approach
12.3 Delivery lifecycles

13. Making a Business and Financial Case (10%)
13.1 The business case in the project lifecycle
13.2 Identifying options
13.3 Assessing project feasibility
13.4 Structure of a business case
13.5 Investment appraisal
13.6 Presentation of a business case
13.7 Benefits realisation approach

14. Implementing business change (5%)
14.1 Introducing a new business system
14.2 The environment for change

In association with:

Peak Training Solutions / Passmuster - Business Analysis BCS Training

Peak Training Solutions Ltd is a BCS Accredited examiner.

BCS Accredited Business Course Training - Reading, Berkshire