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Business Analysis Diploma – Oral Preparation Workshop

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This one day intensive workshop is designed to prepare you for your BCS BA Diploma Oral Examination. The workshop is conducted by experienced BCS oral examiners.

AssistKD also now offers a Mock Exam for the BCS Oral Examination in Business Analysis. 

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    Course Details:

    Duration: 1 days

    Price: Virtual £595+VAT

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Who is this course for?

Business Analysts who have completed their two core and two specialist modules and want to be fully prepared for their BCS Business Analysis Oral exam.

About the course

Passing the BCS Oral Examination is the final step towards gaining your BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis. This Oral Preparation workshop has been designed to help you prepare thoroughly for your oral exam. 

You will be interviewed by two BCS oral examiners who will evaluate whether you can put all the techniques you have learned from your certificate modules into an overall context and can prove that you have gained the analytical and interpersonal skills needed to be awarded the Diploma.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to revise the core and specialist modules you have taken and prepare for what the examiners might ask you by practising  sample oral questions.

The workshop is hosted by one of our senior trainers shown below, all of whom are BCS oral examiners.

How is the course structured?

To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to the day.

  • Overview of the oral examination
  • The Business Context
  • Business analysis techniques
  • Business case development
  • Requirements definition
  • Requirements management and documentations
  • Practitioner specialism
  • Oral examination hints and tips
Course manual

You will also be given a comprehensive revision pack which explains what examiners are looking for, how to prepare for the exam and some sample questions and tips on the topics that might be covered as part of the practitioner specialist modules. N.B. You are not examined on the Knowledge-based specialist module.

For virtual workshops the revision pack will be sent to your home address in good time for the start of your workshop. Our delegates tell us that having access to a physical document is beneficial as both a reference document and for taking notes during the workshop.

In addition, a link will be emailed to you to enable you to access an electronic copy of the same comprehensive manual for convenient future reference.

Is there an exam?

No. Not at the end of this day. But we recommend that candidates schedule their BCS Oral exam to take place at least three weeks after the workshop to give them enough time to revise.

We also offer a mock exam which is an ideal practice run for the BA Oral Exam read more here.

What’s next?

The next and final step is the BCS Business Analysis Diploma Oral examination. Once you have passed this exam you will have gained your International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Full course outline

BCS Business Analysis Diploma - Oral Examination Preparation Workshop (a one-day course)

Course Content

The business context

  • The rationale for business analysis
  • The holistic view of a business system
  • Competencies of a business system
  • Professionalism in business analysis
  • Business environment analysis
  • SWOT analysis
  • Business performance measurement
  • Business change lifecycle

Business analysis techniques

  • Investigating and documenting business situations
  • Stakeholders and perspectives
  • Modelling business activities
  • Business events and business rules
  • Gap analysis

Business case

  • Rationale for making a business case
  • Contents of a business case
  • Options
  • The financial case
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Risk / impact analysis
  • Lifecycle for the business case

Requirements definition

  • Requirements engineering
  • Elicitation techniques and their relevance
  • Rationale and approach for requirements analysis
  • Rationale and approach for requirements validation

Requirements management and documentation

  • Rationale and approach for requirements management
  • Traceability
  • Change and version control
  • Types of requirements
  • Legal issues and business analysis
  • Documenting requirements
  • Rationale for modelling requirements
  • Approach to modelling processing and data

Selected practitioner specialism

  • Relevance to role and responsibilities of the business analyst
  • Relevance to the organisation
  • Description and application of techniques and / or approaches from specialist module

Practice questions

During the workshop the trainer, who is always an experienced oral examiner, provides participants with practice in handling the types of questions that they will face in the oral examination and gives feedback on the participants’ answers and presentation.

Course outline ‐ ©Assist Knowledge Development Ltd.

Customer Reviews

“Great day – very informative and the Trainer was very knowledgeable and friendly and interactive.” Rebecca South

“Another first class trainer from AssistKD. Thanks for an excellent session, I now know what my revision should focus on and have a better understanding of how all the modules tie together.” Duncan Bates

“The trainer was really engaging… the delivery was outstanding.”  Yasmin Sharp

“I really think this course is extremely useful. I think my chances of passing have now been increased” Brian Rayner

“Thanks to the Trainer not only do I feel more confident about the content, but I am more positive about the exam itself.” Gemma Donnelly

Presenters for this course

Mike Williams
Mike Williams
Pete Thompson
Pete Thompson
Jonathan Hunsley
Jonathan Hunsley
Andrew Kell
Fraser Morris