BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

3 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code BAP

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


Business Analysts are increasingly required to extend themselves beyond their traditional role of developing and maintaining IT systems. They need the capability to understand the business strategy, use proven techniques to analyse the business area, and identify changes to business processes needed to meet internal and external challenges.

This course develops the skills needed to work with senior business and IT staff to analyse and model business activities. Delegates will learn how to investigate business problems, and how to identify and recommend appropriate creative solutions.

At the end of the course delegates may sit an examination to attain the BCS Business Systems Development Certificate in Business Analysis Practice. (These delegates should also book on course code BAPEX) Business Analysis Practice Examination.

Delegates will learn how 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

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Business Analysis Rationale (4 topics)

  • What is a business system
  • The place of business analysis
  • Business analysis versus systems analysis
  • Approaches to business analysis

Strategic Analysis in Context (6 topics)

  • Understanding the organisation's strengths and weaknesses
  • External analysis - PESTLE
  • Internal analysis - Resource Audit
  • Building a comprehensive SWOT analysis
  • Measuring performance - the Balanced Business Scorecard
  • Critical success factors and key performance indicators

A Project Approach to Business Analysis (3 topics)

  • Business analysis studies as projects
  • Terms of reference and project initiation
  • Assuring business benefit

Understanding the Situation/Issues (4 topics)

  • Types of business 'problem'
  • Rich pictures and mind maps
  • Defining the problem
  • Review of investigation techniques

Business Perspectives (4 topics)

  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Stakeholder management strategies
  • Business perspective -introduction
  • Defining the perspective - CATWOE

Analysing and Modelling the Business Activities (3 topics)

  • Modelling business activities
  • Five types of business activity
  • Consolidating perspectives and business activity models

Identifying Potential Solutions (4 topics)

  • End-to-end process models
  • Exploring the gap between the current and desired situation
  • Areas for business improvement (organisation context, processes, people)
  • Holistic approach to business solutions

Making the Business Case (6 topics)

  • Contents of a business case
  • Options
  • Costs and benefits
  • Impacts and risks
  • Payback and discounted cash flow
  • Presenting the business case


Those wishing to attain the BCS Business Systems Development Certificate in Business Analysis Practice. (These delegates should also book on course code BAPEX). Candidates with special examination requirements should consult the BCS web site (www.bcs.org) for the BCS Special Needs policy. Note that the BCS must be advised at least four weeks in advance of any special requirements.

Relevant Certifications

  • The BCS Business Analysis Diploma is awarded following the successful completion of two core modules, two specialist modules and an oral examination.
  • The BCS Systems Development Diploma is awarded following the successful completion of 2 core modules, one knowledge-based specialist module, one practitioner based specialist-module and an Oral Exa...

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

Code Location Duration Price Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Virtual Classroom (Attend From Anywhere)
3 Days $2,225
06-08 19-21
BAP 3 Days $2,225
Leeds (City Exchange)
3 Days $2,225
BAP 3 Days $2,225
07-09 19-21
Manchester (Oxford St)
3 Days $2,225

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