Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

Access Duration - 365 Days
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Guided Learning Hour 30 Guided Learning Hours (30)
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Number of Modules 14 Number of Modules 14
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Assessment Included Official Exam Included
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What Will I Learn?

Understand the role and responsibilities of a Business Analyst
Gain an overall understanding of strategy analysis
Understand business systems and business process modelling
Gain a thorough understanding of stakeholder analysis
Learn to employ investigation and modelling techniques
Understand requirements engineering
Understand business case development


Gain a clear understanding of the essentials of business analysis and gain practical experience on how to apply core analysis techniques within a working environment. This is a comprehensive course that offers new and experienced business analysts with the right tools and techniques to perform business analysis roles. The course is perfect for individuals working as Business Analysts, Project Managers and Business Managers who want to get certified.

You will become competent at the end of the Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis and gain in-depth skills of understanding how to perform the role of a business analyst. Some of the key topics the course will cover include analyse and manage stakeholders, how to model business process, learn investigation techniques which includes interviews, observations and prototyping.

The course will equip learners with in-depth knowledge that will enable them to become successful Business Analysts. You will learn the fundamentals and how to apply them in any industry. The course will help learners maximise their chance of gaining employment in their desired job role.

This course is comprised of professionally narrated e-Learning modules, interactive quizzes, tests and exams. All delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months). An effective support service and study materials will build your confidence to secure your qualification.

If you want one-on-one sessions in a real classroom, visit our Business Analysis Foundation Classroom Course page.

Entry Requirements

Learners should be age 16 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.

  • Interest-free, flexible payment plans
  • Method of Assessment
  • Exam Details
  • Certification
  • Awarding Body
  • Career Path

We want to make learning affordable and accessible for all, which is why we offer flexible, interest-free payment plans. The process is simple, enroll on your chosen course with a small deposit, and then pay a manageable monthly Direct Debit – which will not cost any extra, and you can get started straight away.

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Note : Official exam Vouchers can be requested/booked when you are ready to take your Exam. (exam vouchers will be given upon full payment)
Certification is achieved by the successful completion of a computer based examination.
  • Duration: 1 hour 
  • Computer based exam
  • Multiple choice
  • Closed book
  • Pass mark: 65%
Note : Official exam Vouchers can be requested/booked when you are ready to take your Exam. (exam vouchers will be given upon full payment)
Successful learners will be awarded a Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. We use the power of our network to bring about positive, tangible change. We champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all.

Whether it's using a computer for the first time or taking the lead in an organisation's agile transformation. With flexible learning and rigorous assessment, our qualifications show employers and customers that you’ve achieved the globally-recognised benchmark in relevant skills and competence.

This certificate will improve your candidature for a number of job roles in the corporate world. You can also take this certificate as a foundation to study further in the subject or to demand for a salary increment or job promotion from your employer. Below mentioned are some of the job roles this certificate will help you in, along with the average UK salary per annum according to,

  • Business Analyst – £30,461 per annum
  • Business Insight and Analytics Manager – £43,335 per annum
  • Change Analyst – £27,768 per annum
  • Business Consultant – £38,159 per annum
  • Financial Consultant – £36,313 per annum

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Key Features

Gain an Accredited UK Qualification
Access to Excellent Quality Study Materials
Personalised Learning Experience
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UK Register of Learning Providers Reg No : 10053842

Course Curriculum

Introduction - Free
Introduction FREE 00:00:00
01. What is Business Analysis? - Free
What is Business Analysis FREE 00:14:00
01.1 Definition of a Business Analyst
01.2 Origins of Business Analysis
01.3 Development of Business Analysis
01.4 The scope of Business Analysis work
01.5 Taking a holistic approach
01.6 Roles and Responsibilities of a BA
02. The Competencies of a Business Analyst - Free
The Competencies of a Business Analyst FREE 00:07:00
02.1 The Competencies of a BA
02.1 The Competencies of a BA
03. Strategy Analysis
03.1 Context of Strategy
03.2 Definition of Strategy
03.3 Levels of Strategy
03.4 Strategy Development
03.5 External Environment Analysis
03.5.1 PESTLE
03.5.2 Porters 5 Forces
03.6 Internal Environment Analysis
03.6.1 MOST
03.6.2 Resource Audit
03.6.3 Boston Box
03.7 SWOT Analysis
03.8 Executing Strategy
03.9 McKinsey’s 7 S Model
03.10 Balanced Business Scorecard
03.11 CSF’s and KPI’s
04. The Business Analysis Process Model
04.1 An Approach to Problem Solving – Isaksen & Treffinger
04.2 Stages of the Business Analysis Process Model
04.2.1 Investigate Situations
04.2.2 Consider Perspectives
04.2.3 Analyse Needs
04.2.4 Evaluate Options
04.2.5 Define Requirements
04.2.6 Deliver Changes
05. Investigation Techniques
05.1 Interviews
05.1.1 Preparing for Interviews
05.1.2 Conducting Interviews
05.1.3 Following up on the Interview
05.2 Observations
05.2.1 Types of Observations
05.3 Workshops
05.3.1 Preparing for the Workshop
05.3.2 Facilitating the Workshop
05.3.3 Workshop techniques
05.3.4 Following up on the Workshop
05.4 Scenarios
05.4.1 Process for Developing Scenarios
05.4.2 Documenting Scenarios
05.5 Prototyping
05.6 Quantitative Approaches
05.6.1 Surveys or Questionnaires
05.6.2 Special Purpose Records
05.6.3 Activity Sampling
05.6.4 Document Analysis
05.7 Documenting the Current Situation
05.7.2 Rich Pictures
05.7.3 Mind Maps
06. Stakeholder Analysis and Management
06.1 Definition of a Stakeholder
06.2 Stakeholder Categories
06.3 Analysing Stakeholders
06.4 Power Interest Grid
06.5 Stakeholder Management Plan and Assessment
06.6 Understanding stakeholder perspectives
06.6.1 Soft Systems Methodology
06.7 Analysing the Perspectives – CATWOE
06.8 CATWOE Examples
06.9 Business Activity Model
06.9.1 Types of Activities
06.9.2 Creating a BAM
06.9.3 BAM example
06.10 Developing a Consensus Model
07. Modelling Business Processes
07.1 Organization Context
07.1.1 Functional View of an Organization
07.1.2 Process View of an Organization
07.2 The organisational view of business processes
07.3 Porter’s Value Chain
07.4 Value Propositions
07.5 Process Models
07.6 Business Events
07.7 Developing Process Models
07.8 Analysing the As – Is Process Model
07.9 Improving Business Processes (to – be processes)
07.10 Business Rules
08. Defining the Solution
08.1 Gap Analysis
08.1.1 Framework for Gap Analysis (POPIT)
08.1.2 Formulating Options
08.2 Business Architecture
08.2.1 Definition of Business Architecture
08.2.2 Business Architecture Techniques
08.2.3 Definition of a Capability Model
08.2.4 Definition of a Value Stream
08.2.5 Example of a Value Stream
09. Making a Business and Financial Case
09.1 Business case in a project lifecycle
09.2 Identifying Options
09.3 Assessing Project feasibility
09.4 Force Field Analysis
09.5 Structure of a Business Case
09.5.1 Categories of costs and benefits
09.6 Impact Assessment
09.7 Risk Assessment
09.8 Investment Appraisal (Payback)
09.8.1 Discounted Cashflow (net Present Value)
09.8.2 Internal Rate of Return
09.9 RAID and CARDI log
10. Establishing the Requirements
10.1 Framework for requirements engineering
10.2 Actors in Requirements Engineering
10.3 Requirements Elicitation
10.3.1 Levels of Tacit and explicit knowledge
10.3.2 Requirements elicitation techniques
10.4 Techniques and knowledge types
10.5 Requirements Analysis
10.5.1 Requirements Filters
10.6 SMART Requirements
10.7 Requirements Validation
11. Documenting and Managing Requirements
11.1 Requirements Document – Structure
11.1.1 Requirements Document – Content
11.2 Requirements Catalogue
11.2.1 Types of Requirements
11.2.2 Hierarchy of requirements
11.2.3 Documenting a requirement
11.3 Managing Requirements
11.4 Requirements Traceability
12. Modeling Requirements
12.1 Modelling System functions – Use Case Diagrams
12.2 Modelling System Data – Entity Relationship Diagrams
12.3 Class Diagram
12.4 Class Diagram Associations
13. Delivering the Requirements
13.1 Delivering the Solution
13.2 Context
13.3 Lifecycles
13.3.1 V-Model
13.3.2 Incremental
13.3.3 Iterative
13.3.4 General Agile Model
14. Delivering the Business Solution
14.1 BA Role in the Business Change Lifecycle
14.1.1 BA Role Business Change Life Cycle – Design Stage
14.1.2 Design Stage – Information Technology
14.2 Implementation Stage
14.2.1 Implementation Stage – SARAH Model
14.3 Realisation Stage – Benefits Plan
14.3.1 Realisation Stage – Benefits Realisation Report
Case Study
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A. You will be eligible for a number of exciting career roles including Business Analyst, Change Analyst and Business Consultant.

Students feedback


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    Ryan Lowe

    July 25, 2021
    Amazing course

    This has been an amazing learning experience for me.

    B A

    Brynn Andrews

    July 08, 2021
    Essential course

    This course should be taken by all who are working in the business field. It should be made essential.

    E D

    Erin Davis

    July 02, 2021

    The course material was relevant and to the point. Good stuff.

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    Lee Chapman

    June 07, 2021
    Great Customer support

    The course is good but the customer support is great. Kudos to them!

    A O

    Ashley Owen

    May 14, 2021

    Everything covered in great detail. Very much recommended.

    R A

    Raylee Andrews

    April 12, 2021
    Good method of instruction

    The method of instruction used in the course is good. I liked it

    D S

    Danny Spencer

    February 22, 2021
    Best course

    This is one of the best courses that I have undertaken so far.

    J S

    Jaime Simpson

    January 20, 2021

    A well devised course that teaches you all that you need to know about analyzing business scenarios.

    J D

    Jayden Duncan

    May 21, 2019
    Perfect Course

    The course covered the techniques, tools and principles of business analysis. Gave me an overall understanding of the subject. I feel like I can apply what I learned on the job.

    N L

    Nevaeh Lowe

    May 15, 2019
    Highly Recommended

    An excellent course delivered by an expert tutor on the subject. Highly recommended!

    A H

    Aya Houghton

    May 09, 2019
    Satisfying learning experience with Global Edulink

    The course was very specific and the modules covered all aspects of business analysis. As someone who works in this role, I found the course content quite compelling.

    C S

    Chase Stewart

    May 02, 2019
    A great platform

    The instructions and material were up to standard. Although I would have preferred if it were more simplified language that was used during the presentations.

    S F

    Shane Fanco

    February 11, 2019
    One Great Course

    One great course. It has helped me immensely to develop my knowledge and skills in an immense manner.



    January 18, 2019
    A Comprehensive Course

    The information taught was very current and up-to-date. A well written course where I was able to learn a lot of important information.

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    Allen Hart

    January 18, 2019
    Systematic Course

    A systematic course from start to finish, really enjoyed studying at their service provider.



    January 18, 2019

    I was able to understand the responsibilities of a business analyst and also the systems and processes which are used in businesses.

    K W

    Katrina Wyatt

    January 18, 2019
    Great Learning Experience

    The course materials were really helpful and I was able to learn a lot of unknown information about business analysis from this course. It was a great learning experience overall.

    A W

    Alex Waltter

    January 18, 2019
    Amazing Course

    Amazing course which was very informative. This helped me to further my career as a business analyst effectively.

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