BCS Business Analysis Foundation

  • For aspiring and practising Business Analysis Professionals
  • The ultimate UK & international introduction to identifying and evaluating options for business improvement
  • Enhance your confidence and skills to become an analytical, systematic Business Analysis professional
  • Qualify and validate your skills with the support of expert Tutors, Study Coaches, and Recruitment Advisors
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    BCS Business Analysis Foundation

    The BCS Business Analysis Foundation is like a detective’s toolkit: it teaches you how to collect and analyse information, uncover hidden patterns, and make sense of complex data, just as a detective needs to piece together clues to solve a crime.

    In the case of business analysis, you will be responsible for improving processes after identifying inefficiencies or solving organisational problems. After obtaining the Business Analysis Foundation certification, you can start enabling change within your organisation by defining the needs of stakeholders and recommending prudent, viable solutions!

    Should you wish to attain recognition as a professional Business Analyst, this certification will allow you to take one of the 5 steps toward securing the International Diploma in Business Analysis. Many students that are looking to assume a Business Analyst position can also benefit from following this qualification with the BCS Business Analysis Practice Practitioner as it validates their practical skills.

    Alternatively, our Business Analyst Career Programme is perfect for students looking to kickstart and thrive in their careers as Business Analysis Professionals.

    Why study with us?

    • Stay motivated and manage your time effectively through regular one-to-one follow-ups with your certified Tutor and Study Coach
    • You have 24/7 access to your online courses, so you can study at your own pace and save on travel costs (plus an exclusive AI Tutor Bot for round-the-clock questions)
    • Your official certification means that your experience is validated through industry-recognised material and highly valued in the UK (and the world!)
    • Your Exam Simulator will prepare you for your official exam by providing all the conditions for sitting and passing your exam successfully, as well as your end-module quizzes
    • A Simulated Project Assignment gives you the opportunity to virtually shadow a Project Manager and gain real-world, practical experience
    • Your Student Community Forums give you the opportunity to share questions, ideas, and knowledge with other professionals studying this certification
    • Your CV and LinkedIn profile will receive complete makeovers from your Recruitment Advisor to make sure you maximise your chances of securing rewarding opportunities
    • Career and recruitment support gives you advice on how to secure and succeed in job interviews, including mock interviews and exclusive interview preparation tailored toward your prospective company and role
    • Your expert Career Consultant will help you choose the right certification, and combine it with strategic guidance to make sure you achieve success in your professional journey

    Avoid the negative effects of making the wrong decision about your development journey, have an open Q&A with an expert. 

    What’s included?

    • Consultation with a Career Consultant to corroborate your course choice
    • Unlimited, 3-month access to the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Course
    • Official BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Exam
    • Certified Tutor to provide assistance with course queries
    • Access to a full Support Team for assistance with examination, notes, and study queries
    • 1 year’s free access to MyBCS upon completion of your certification including the industry news, access to BCS initiatives, and a new professional network
    • A professional, Business Analysis-oriented CV rewrite*
    • A LinkedIn profile overhaul to maximise your new networking opportunities*

    Certification: BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

    Accredited by: BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

    Entry requirements: There are no formal prerequisites to study this qualification

    Study time: 20 – 30 hours

    *Value-added service that can be added at an additional cost

    Certification details

    ITonlinelearning is a verified BCS Accredited Training Partner (ATP), which means that this certification has been rigorously assessed and approved to meet industry standards.

    Accrediting body
    Since 1957, BCS has been a driving force in educating and nurturing IT professionals, computer scientists, and engineers. BCS upholds the IT profession, accredits Chartered IT Professional status through their Royal Charter, and creates a global community of computing enthusiasts who are passionate about promoting and advancing the field.

    BCS stands for the British Computer Society, and is also known as ‘BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT’. It’s one of the world’s leading professional bodies for IT, with a whopping 70,000 members in over 100 countries! BCS is more than just an institution, though, it’s a movement that brings together like-minded individuals who share a common goal: to elevate the practice of computing and make a meaningful impact on the world.

    Associate Member of BCS (AMBCS)
    Upon completion of BCS certifications, you are eligible for 12 months’ free access to MyBCS, the BCS-exclusive platform where you have CPD, SFIAplus, BCS Recruit, Springboard, Specialist Groups, discounted training opportunities, ITNOW magazine, an eNewsletter, and even a BCS email address at your fingertips!

    Over and above these benefits, you will become an Associate Member of BCS and can use the post-nominals AMBCS to indicate this on your LinkedIn profile, professional documents, and email signature (for example, John Smith AMBCS) to indicate your prestige.

    Certification expiry
    The BCS Business Analysis Foundation certification does not expire and is thus a fantastic building block for your business analysis portfolio.

    We are an Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) for the UK’s most esteemed learning providers

    Our courses have been developed in collaboration with industry-leading experts and are created by ITonlinelearning for you, exclusively.

    Business Analysis Foundation

    What You Will Learn

    Business Analysis is the process of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. It involves working with stakeholders to understand their requirements, and then using that information to design, develop, and implement effective business solutions.

      Competencies of a Business Analyst

      A business analyst is a professional who possesses a set of skills and knowledge that are necessary to perform business analysis effectively. These competencies include problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, stakeholder management, and domain knowledge.

      The Strategic Context for Business Analysis

      Business analysis takes place within the strategic context of an organisation. This topic will help you understand how to identify the organisation’s overall goals and objectives so that you can effectively align your work with those goals.

      The Business Analysis Service Framework

      The Business Analysis Service Framework is a structure that helps to organise the work of a business analyst. It includes various stages, such as investigating the business situation, defining the solution, and delivering the business solution.

      Investigating the Business Situation

      This is the first stage of the business analysis process. You will learn about gathering information about the current state of the business, identifying problems, and determining the scope of the project.

      Analysing and Managing Stakeholders

      This is one of the most important aspects of business analysis. Business analysts have to understand the needs and concerns of stakeholders and work with them to develop effective solutions.

      Improving Business Services and Processes

      Business analysis includes identifying ways to improve business services and processes, such as by streamlining operations or automating processes.

      Defining the Solution

      Once the business situation has been investigated and the stakeholders have been analysed, you will need to know how to define the solution to the problem. This includes identifying the requirements, designing the solution, and creating a plan for implementation.

      Making the Business Case

      Here you will learn how to make a case for the solution you have identified by demonstrating its value and benefits to the organisation.

      Establishing Requirements

      You will learn how to establish the requirements for the solution by gathering information from stakeholders, analysing data, and identifying the needs of the organisation.

      Documents and Modelling Requirements

      This topic will teach you how to use various techniques, such as documents and modelling to represent the requirements in a clear and concise manner.

      Validating and Managing Requirements

      Here, you will validate the requirements to ensure that they are accurate and complete, and manage any changes that occur during the project.

      Delivering the Requirements

      The business analyst will work with the development team to deliver the requirements, including testing and deployment.

      Delivering the Business Solution

      The final stage of the business analysis process is delivering the business solution to the stakeholders and monitoring its performance to ensure it is meeting their needs.

      Your Success is Assured

      Expert Career Consultants

      Our expert Career Consultants select qualifications that align perfectly with your aspirations by collaborating with you to identify your desired end-goal.

      Certified Tutors

      Our certified Tutors are there to assist you with course questions, exam queries, and revision so you have all the support you need to ace your exams.

      Study Coaches and Mentors

      Your Study Coach and Mentor is dedicated to guiding and supporting you throughout your journey by providing motivation, encouragement, and monitoring progress.

      Experienced Recruitment Advisors

      Your Recruitment Advisor will provide you with the tools you need to succeed, like an industry-oriented CV, LinkedIn profile overhaul, and exclusive resources.

      The Key to Your Success

      Your Expert Career Consultant has received extensive training in the solutions we offer, and they understand that making the wrong choice can have a negative impact on your career, and overall well-being. They’re here to: 

      • Get to know you, your goals, and your experience 
      • Help you through the best options for you
      • Make sure you choose the right path: financially, psychologically, and professionally. 

      Your One-of-a-Kind Solution

      Training with a difference.

      • Say goodbye to unanswered course queries and general questions with our PRINCE2 Tutor Bot, available 24/7 and powered by ITonlinelearning.
      • Prepare for your exam with confidence using our Exam Simulator, to increase your confidence and chance of success.
      • Put your skills into practice and gain the confidence you need to be an effective part of a Project Team with our exclusive Simulated Project Assignment.

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      Career and Progression Prospects

      Business Analysis is used in a plethora of sectors, but here are a few roles you’re qualified to explore with this certification:

      Junior Business Analyst

      Junior Business Systems Analyst

      Assistant Business Analyst

      Business Process Analyst

      Business Change Analyst

      Junior IT Business Analyst

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      When we say accredited, we mean that official experts from our licensed organisations have evaluated and approved our training material to ensure it meets their refined standards. These qualifications thus make you a credible and reliable professional.

      Tailored Advice & Consulting

      There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving personal and professional goals. You deserve career consulting and employability advice tailored toward your specific skills, experience, and aspirations – luckily, this is our forte.

      Full Student Success Team

      To drive your success forward to the finishing line of your goals, our team comprises of professionals available at the press of a button to provide clarity on questions you have regarding your exam booking and preparation, portal and logins, assignments, as well as quizzes. You can also access one-to-one Tutor and Mentor Support so that your queries can be resolved swiftly and comprehensively. Our Tutors are experienced and certified in their fields, too!

      Bolster Your Income Potential & Job Security

      Your certification will provide you with a significant competitive advantage by validating your skills and knowledge – with that, you can either contribute toward your current company or grow in another one.

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      You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your lifestyle in order to advance your skills. With your development at the forefront of our mission, we have personalised financing options so that you can live comfortably whilst investing in your future.

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      Projecting Your Salary

      We want to help you achieve the best outcome in your studies so that you can flourish in your selected development pathway.

      £29.6K /

      per year

      Junior Business Analyst

      £43.2K /

      per year

      Business Analyst

      £57.6K /

      per year

      Business Systems Analyst

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      BCS Business Analysis Foundation
      Frequently Asked Questions

      You have questions, and we have all the answers

      The BCS Business Analysis Foundation is a certification offered by the British Computer Society (BCS) that demonstrates an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of business analysis.

      Anyone interested in business analysis can take the BCS Business Analysis Foundation. This is also a fantastic certification for those with existing experience in business analysis looking to validate experience with an industry recognised certification.

      The BCS Business Analysis Foundation is assessed and awarded by means of an examination. This exam comprises of 40 multiple choice questions (meaning you will have to select your answers from the options you are provided with). Your exam will be 60 minutes long, and you will be required to score 65% (26 out of 40) or higher in order to pass. This is a closed-book exam.

      The BCS Business Analysis Foundation certification does not expire and is thus a fantastic building block for your business analysis portfolio.