Overview

This single course combines the study needed to take both exams connected to the BCS Intermediate and Practitioner Certificates for Enterprise and Solution Architecture.

It reviews the important terms and concepts, and then shows how to put them into practice, particularly in areas such as governance, design of building blocks, modelling techniques to visualise architecture, and building architecture specifications.

This is an intensive and complete course with two main objectives:

  • To gain a solid understanding of Enterprise and Solution Architecture terms and practice, and
  • To prepare for two exams.

Both lecture and practical case-study sessions are held and mock questions are reviewed throughout. Delegates are provided with a revision programme to help them study in their own time which is followed up by a group review.

Two exams are taken at the end of the course.

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Prerequisites

  • BCS recommend up to six years experience of IS/IT work including contact with architects and architecture descriptions. Delegates are permitted to sit both the Intermediate and Practitioner exam in two consecutive sessions. However a pass in the practitioner exam can only be recognised if the delegate has also passed the Intermediate exam.
  • A reference model for this certificate has been published by BCS. This is available on-line at http://certifications.bcs.org/upload/pdf/sd-esa-reference-model.pdf, and it is beneficial for attendees to have read through this before attending. They should also familiarise themselves with the syllabus, available at http://certifications.bcs.org/upload/pdf/sd-esa-syllabus.pdf.
  • Delegates who are already TOGAF 8 Certified or TOGAF 9 level 2 Certified are regarded as having the pre-requisites to be exempted from the Intermediate exam, and may sit the Practitioner exam only. Delegates must bring a copy of their up-to-date TOGAF certificate for onward transmission to BCS.

Pre-course reading:

Delegates will be provided with pre-course reading prior to attending the course. The success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-reading materials. It is recommended that candidates spend 10 hours working through the pre-reading.

If you have not received your pre-reading material within one week of the start of your course, please contact your Account Manager or info@qa.com

  • 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 please contact your Account Manager or the QA Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 696273.
  • BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify the Exam Administration team on the details below as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise QA and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy. QA Exam Administration can be contacted by email exam.admin@qa.com or by phone +44(0) 1793 696162.
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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to understand, and use in a practical way, the key terms and concepts of systems architecture, including:

  • The main roles and goals of architecture
  • An explanation of both Enterprise and Solution context and architecture
  • Architecture governance
  • Techniques for describing architecture
  • An awareness of the most useful frameworks
  • Architecture Processes
  • The use of business, data, application and infrastructure components
  • Planning the implementation of architecture
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Course Outline

Day One:

  • Definitions of Architect and Architecture
  • The Enterprise context and architecture
  • Architecture Description basics

Day Two:

  • Architecture Description
  • Business Architecture
  • The Solution Context

Day Three:

  • Applications Architecture
  • Software Architecture

Day Four:

  • Architecture Frameworks
  • Data Architecture
  • Architecture Processes

Day Five:

  • Infrastructure Architecture
  • Architecture Implementation
  • Exams

Certification

  • BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture
  • BCS Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture

Examinations

  • BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture Exam (One hour, 40 questions, closed book, multi-choice)
  • BCS Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture Exam (Case study-based, one hour, 40 questions, multi-choice. Delegates are given a copy of the case study at the start of the course, and are also given a copy for use during the exam)
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Why choose QA

Special Notices

Those people who are TOGAF 8 or 9 Certified Architects considering doing both the Intermediate and Practitioner courses as separate events, should be aware of the BCS pre-requisites that state that such delegates are exempted from the Intermediate exam, and so need only attend the Practitioner event. See QAPCESA course details for more information.

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