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Business Analysis Fundamentals

Programme Overview

Our Business Analysis Fundamentals package has been developed to support those looking to move into the industry of Business Analysis but who have limited understanding of the role, or lack the necessary skills and knowledge to start in an entry-level Business Analysis job role.

As a Business Analyst, you must understand your organisation's business strategy and use appropriate techniques to analyse their business and identify required changes to processes, to resolve any internal and external issues.

This programme includes two courses:

  •    BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice
  •    Microsoft SQL

Throughout this Business Analysis Virtual Classroom training, you will learn how a Business Analyst can assist with organisational change by implementing performance management techniques and strategic analysis tools. You will also develop the skills needed to support your IT team and senior members.

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online & Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: Must be completed within 6 months
  • Accredited by BCS
  • 1-year BCS membership included

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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online & Virtual Classroom
  • Exam: Included
  • Duration: Must be completed within 6 months
  • Accredited by BCS
  • 1-year BCS membership included
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Why study the Business Analysis Fundamentals programme with e-Careers?

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 596,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training. 

We have also refined our processes, partner relationships, and course materials to offer you a high-quality training solution. 

You will also benefit from:

  •    Exam Pass Guarantee*
  •    1-year BCS membership included (worth £92).
  •    Fast-track your learning with our Virtual Classroom course.
  •    Enhance your career prospects.
  •    Learn from expert trainers with vast experience in this field.  
  •    We offer interest-free payment options. 

BCS Membership Benefits

This course benefits from 1-year BCS membership worth £92, which is eligible from the moment you pass your first exam. 

Benefits of this associate’s membership include:

  •    Professional recognition.
  •    Career development.
  •    Networking.
  •    Knowledge and best practice.
  •    Exclusive discounts and offer.

Read the full membership details.

How does the Exam Pass Guarantee work?

Our Virtual Classroom training has provided high pass rates, which has made us confident to offer an Exam Pass Guarantee. This way, you know we’ll support you until you are certified.

With our Exam Pass Guarantee, if you do not pass the exam after attending our training course, you can attend the same training again for free.

All we ask is that you:

  •   Attend all class days and complete all assignments
  •   Take the exam within 30 days of your Virtual Classroom training
  •   Request your course re-enrolment within 30 days of the failed exam attempt

Please Note:

Students retaking the course must use any materials or books distributed to them in their original course session. Failure to provide these materials will result in the student being charged for replacement materials.

*Exam Pass Guarantee does not include the resit exam; this would be an additional cost.

Is the Business Analysis Fundamentals programme suitable for me?

This Business Analysis Fundamentals programme would benefit those looking to move into a Business Analysis role and those currently working in a Business Analysis role without but looking to gain industry-recognised accreditations to work towards becoming a Business Analyst.

If you are in another similar job role and would like to transition to a Business Analyst role, this course would also benefit you.

If you're currently taking or planning on studying the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis, this course makes up part of that Diploma.

All training and exams must be completed within 6 months. 

What jobs can I apply for after my Business Analysis Fundamentals training?

While individuals who complete this course can move into a range of job roles, such as Consulting, Project Management, or strategy planning, we typically see individuals become a: 

  •   Business Analyst - £40k
  •   Business Architect - £66k
  •   Enterprise Architect - £78k

(Source: Payscale)

Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Syllabus

Over this 3-day course, you will gain an understanding of the techniques, tools, and role of a Business Analyst. This training course will prepare you to sit and pass your exam, which will earn you the Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

There is a written examination for this course, which can be booked via Pearson VUE directly.

Learning Outcomes

  •    Gain a thorough understanding of the role of a Business Analyst and the value of this job role within an organisation.
  •    Understand the skills required of a Business Analyst, in successfully supporting business change.
  •    Learn the strategy analysis processes and techniques.
  •    Develop the skills to investigate an organisation’s business systems, to uncover occurring problems.
  •    Understand the importance of techniques used within stakeholder management.
  •    Undertake conceptual modelling through business activity models.
  •    Confidently provide recommendations for business improvements.


  •    Rationale for Business Analysis (5%)
  •    Strategic Context (15%)
  •    Understanding the Current Situation (15%) 
  •    Stakeholder Analysis and Management (20%)
  •    Analysing and Modelling Business Activities (25%)
  •    Identifying Potential Solutions (10%)
  •    Building the Business Case (10%) 

Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Exam Details 

Exam Format – Multiple-choice.

Duration – 60 minutes.

Supervised – Yes.

Open book – No.

Pass mark – 26/40 (65%).

All training and exams must be completed within 6 months. 

Microsoft SQL Syllabus

  •    Introduction
  •    Fundamentals

Microsoft SQL Exam Details

There is no exam for this course.

BCS Business Analysis Webinar Details

Throughout the year, e-Careers hosts a series of FREE BCS Business Analysis webinars to help delegates better understand this sector and discuss ways to study towards a career in this industry.

  •   Embark on a career journey that has the potential for you to earn between £48k - £70k.
  •   Discover the essential tools, techniques & uses for Business Analysis.
  •   Reserve your virtual seat & be part of our Exclusive Business Analysis Webinar to see if a career in this industry is right for you.

Who Should Attend?

  •   Individuals aspiring to work as a Business Analyst - People who are looking to become a Business Analysis, or work within a Business Analysis role, should attend this seminar.
  •   University Graduates - Graduates who are looking for more information about the benefits of Business Analysis and how a BCS diploma can help their careers.
  •   Working Professionals - If you’re currently working in an industry where you feel having a better understanding of Business Analysis will benefit you and your organisation, this webinar is for you.

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  •   Welcome
    •   Introduction with the Trainer and their background.
  •   Introduction to Business Analysis
    •   What is Business Analysis, why is there a growing demand for Business Analysis and what companies use it? 
  •   The Business Analysis Process
    •   What is the Business Analysis process model and what are the tools and techniques used in Business Analysis?
  •   The International Diploma in Business Analysis
    •   How do I get the full diploma? The modules, what each module is about and how they fit together.
  •   How Business Analysis Benefits you
    •   How can Business Analysis help my career, the jobs that need Business Analysis and the roles which it supports?
  •   Review of our Business Analysis Job Academy Programme.

Why become a Business Analyst?

  •   In demand role - Right now, many Businesses acknowledge that there is a need to hire and train employees who can function as Business Analysts, making this a secure career with great progression opportunities.
  •   Great earning potential - As a Business Analyst in the UK, you can earn an average salary of £48k per annum, with the scope to work your way up to around £70k towards the upper end.
  •   Every day is different - Schedule your tasks each day and decide how you will carry them out. This is your puzzle to put together. Every day and every project are different.

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