BA BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

Course Code: BCS3BAP



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The Strategic Aspects of Business Analysis

Understanding how to apply business analysis change techniques at a strategic level is as important as project level application. 

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Who is this course for

This course is suitable for those who want to obtain the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice and learn about the strategic side of business analysis. 

It is suitable for those currently working as Business Analysts and other professionals utilising Business Analysis skills as part of their current or future role.

Purpose of the course

This three day course gives candidates an understanding of the strategic side of business analysis and leaves them with the tools to develop business strategies and explore business-levels issues, both opportunities and problems.

You 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.

Benefits for you as an individual

Many Business Analysts perform their roles with little formal training or qualification. This course helps to formalise the learning you have done on the job, fills in any gaps you may have and provides guidance on best practice. 

It gives you a qualification to take away with you that is universally recognised and valued - BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

  • Strategic Context for Business Analysis
  • Analysing and Managing Stakeholders
  • Analysing the Current State
  • Establishing the Target State
  • Designing and Defining the Solutions
  • Building the Business Case

Additional Exam Information

To support preparation for taking the exam we provide delegates with two sample exam papers during the course.

The BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice exam is taken after completion of the course.

The format of the examination is a one-hour closed-book multiple-choice examination consisting of 40 questions. Candidates need to achieve a minimum of 26 marks out of 40 to pass the examination.

Free BCS Associate Membership worth £92 when you pass your first BCS exam. Gives you access to professional development and networking tools to enhance your BA career. Click here for more information.

Candidates who are awarded a pass for the examination are awarded the BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.


To help prepare for this course delegates will be supplied with some pre-reading. This will provide an overview of the syllabus for this module and explain some of the business analysis techniques within it in more detail. Pre-reading will take approximately 5-7 hours.

Delegates may also choose to read chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 of the BCS publication 'Business Analysis - Third Edition', but this is optional. The BCS reading text is not included in the course fee and delegates should obtain their own copy if they wish to complete the additional reading. The ISBN number for the book is 9781780172774 and it is available direct from the BCS, or from most on-line book retailers.

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