BCS Software Testing Foundation

3 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code STF-2

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This course provides comprehensive first-level training for anyone involved in software testing. It is accredited by the British Computer Society (ISEB), and follows the syllabus specified by the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB). It culminates in an optional one-hour multiple choice examination for the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. Successful candidates will also gain the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level, a globally recognised qualification.

This course covers the fundamentals of testing: definitions of testing standards, planning, managing the lifecycle, reviews and the tools available. Techniques for creating tests are described and practised.

The course is comprised of lecture sessions, exercises which use the testing techniques, and practice examinations. In addition, an Examination Assistant booklet is provided to help delegates prepare with a revision guide and worked examples of questions.

Those delegates taking the ISEB Examination will need to spend some time each evening on revision and example examination questions. The amount of time required will depend on experience, but delegates should be prepared to spend a minimum of 1 hour each evening.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

  •  Explain the terminology associated with the ISTQB
  • Understand the principles and psychology of testing
  • Describe verification, validation and the steps in the testing lifecycle produce a project test plan
  • Understand the test management lifecycle produce test designs using equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition techniques
  • Use static techniques to assess quality and coverage
  • Appreciate the different tools available for automating testing.

Target Audience

Who this course is for:

Anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role. Those wishing to attain the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and/or the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level. Candidates with special examination requirements should consult the BCS web site (http://www.bcs.org.uk/) for their Special Needs policy. Note that the ISEB must be advised at least four weeks in advance of any special requirements.

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Fundamentals of Testing (5 topics)

  • Testing terminology
  • General testing principles
  • Why testing is necessary
  • Fundamental test process
  • The psychology of testing

Testing Throughout the Lifecycle (5 topics)

  • Models for testing
  • Component, System Integration and Acceptance testing
  • Maintenance testing
  • Non-functional system testing
  • Functional system testing

Static Techniques (4 topics)

  • Reviews and the test process
  • Costs and benefits of reviews
  • Types of review: Walkthrough, technical review, inspections, informal review
  • Static analysis

Test Design Techniques (5 topics)

  • Black and White box testing
  • Black box test techniques including equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition testing
  • White box test techniques including statement and decision testing
  • Experience-based techniques
  • Choosing test techniques

Test management (8 topics)

  • Organisation
  • Project test plan
  • Configuration management
  • Test estimation: Inclusion in project schedule
  • Monitoring and control
  • Tracking progress and deviations from plan
  • Incident management: Logging, tracking and analysis
  • Risk and testing

Test tools (15 topics)

  • Types of test tool
  • Requirements testing; Static analysis
  • Test design
  • Data preparation
  • Capture/replay
  • Test running
  • Test harnesses, drivers and simulators
  • Performance testing
  • Dynamic analysis
  • Debugging
  • Comparison
  • Test management
  • Coverage measurement
  • Effective use, benefits and risk
  • Introducing a tool into an organization


Delegates should already have a basic working knowledge of IT and an understanding of the testing role in software development. Those who intend to sit the examination at the end of the course will benefit from pre-reading the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus and a standard text on the subject from the ISEB book list.

Prerequisite Certifications

Relevant Certifications

  • 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...

Scheduled Dates

Please select from the dates below to make an enquiry or booking.


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 May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Virtual Classroom (Attend From Anywhere)
3 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (Attend From Anywhere)
5 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (Birmingham)
3 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (Edinburgh)
3 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (Glasgow)
3 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (Leeds (City Exchange))
3 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (London)
3 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (London)
5 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (Virtual On-Line)
5 Days $2,040
Virtual Classroom (Virtual On-Line)
3 Days $2,040

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