Overview

Organisations are continually looking for ways to develop staff skills in a fast and cost-effective way - and to be assured of a return on their investment in training by seeing their staff acquire recognised and comprehensive qualifications, ultimately equipping their staff with a highly-relevant, highly adaptable skillset.

THIS IS AN INTENSIVE 10-DAY RESIDENTIAL COURSE designed to provide delegates with a broad range of knowledge and skills needed to take on a Business Analysis role.

You will cover the two core courses, with associated written exams (Business Analysis Practice and Requirements Engineering), one knowledge-based course (Commercial Awareness currently) with associated multiple-choice exam and one practitioner course (Modelling Business Processes), also with a written exam. Due to the nature of the course, delegates should expect some evening work comprising case study exercises and revision for examinations.

All examinations (the four in-course exams plus the Oral Exam which you will take at a later date) and examination fees are included in the course fee. QA is confident that the quality of the training and coaching provided by QA trainers during this course is second to none and that most candidates will pass examinations at the first attempt. In the event of a delegate failing a written examination, they will have the opportunity to retake one examination free of charge.

Delegates may take the final oral examination after passing the fourth and final exam. The oral examination must be taken within 12 months of receiving the final written exam result.

Accommodation is included from arrival Monday to departure Friday for both weeks. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in between the course weeks are available at an additional charge.

COURSE START/END TIMES

Course start and end times for this course are detailed below.

• Days 1 and 6 - 10.30-17.30
• Days 5 and 10 - 09.00-16.30
• All other days - 09.00-17.30

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Prerequisites

  • If you are taking a BCS exam you must bring photographic identification with you (passport, driving license or student card), as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam.
  • For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable, or for more information about the BCS reasonable adjustments policy, please contact your Account Manager or the QA Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 696273
  • The BCS also allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose business language is not English. Candidates can request this additional time in line with the reasonable adjustments policy
  • If you believe you qualify for this, please contact our exam administration team (01793 696273) as early as possible. At least three weeks' notice will be required for processing this request and delegates failing to advise QA and provide proof if requested by the BCS, may not be allowed the additional support offered via this BCS policy.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • understand the role of the Business Analyst and the organisational context in which the role is undertaken
  • work with senior business and IT staff to investigate, analyse and model business activities and problems and recommend appropriate solutions
  • understand the requirements engineering process and work with requirements stakeholders and others to ensure requirements are complete, unambiguous, realistic and testable
  • model and evaluate business processes
  • sit all of the examinations required to gain the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.
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Course Outline

  • Evaluating a Financial Case
  • Budgeting, Costing and Pricing
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Market analysis and competitive advantage
  • Organisational behaviour and culture
  • Group formation
  • Principles of organisational structure
  • Operating models
  • Business Analysis rationale
  • Understanding the strategic context
  • Project discipline for Business Analysis studies
  • Understanding the situation/issues
  • Analysing stakeholder perspectives
  • Analysing and modelling business activities
  • Identifying potential solutions
  • Making the business case
  • Context for Business Process Modelling
  • Organisational model of processes
  • Modelling the Business Processes
  • Documenting tasks
  • Evaluating and improving Business Processes
  • Transition from process modelling to requirements definition
  • Requirements Engineering in context
  • Requirements stakeholders and elicitation
  • Organising and analysing requirements
  • Use of models in requirements engineering
  • Requirements documentation
  • Requirements validation and management

Certification

  • BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis

Examinations

  • Commercial Awareness
  • Business Analysis Practice
  • Modelling Business Processes
  • Requirements Engineering

The BA Diploma Oral exam is also included in the course fee. Upon successful completion of all the written exams candidates will be sent information on upcoming Oral exam dates. QA will book the Oral exam on the delegate's behalf.

Please note, the Oral exam is not conducted during this Business Analysis Fast Track course. The four exams must be passed before the Oral exam can be taken.

In addition, you may choose to take QA's oral exam preparation workshop - BAORALSPW, BCS Business Analysis Oral Examination Preparation Workshop - before taking the oral exam. Please Click Here for further information.

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