An introductory level qualification intended to lay the foundation for a body of knowledge concerning Digital Solution Development (DSD)

Cover topics in the development space between Business Analysis and the coding environment

Gain a wide understanding of the terminology, concepts, techniques, standards, frameworks and processes involved in the development of modern digital software applications

Attain a module you can use towards completing the BCS International Diploma in Solution Development

Who is it for?

  • Anyone involved in or affected by the development of IS / IT systems. This includes, but is not limited to, business and systems analysts, software developers, designers, testers and those in a non-IT discipline who are seeking to work in a consulting capacity.

Entry requirements

  • None. Training with a BCS accredited training provider is recommended.

What will I learn?

The syllabus emphasises activities in the development phase of a digital service lifecycle, linking out to other phases within the lifecycle where relevant.

Specific learning objectives
Candidates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of terminology, concepts, techniques, standards, frameworks and processes in the following areas:

  1. The context for digital solution development
  2. Digital service definition
  3. User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI)
  4. Digital solution architecture and design
  5. Data and information architecture and design
  6. Quality assurance and quality control
  7. Digital Solution acquisition, deployment and maintenance
  8. Cyber security

Please be advised this certification was launched on 30 November 2020. 

This certification will continue to be delivered alongside BCS Foundation in Systems Development while we complete the transition through our training provider network. 

We will retire the BCS Foundation Certificate in Systems Development on 1 April 2021.

Download the latest syllabus (PDF)

Download the latest detailed guidance document (PDF)


How do I get this certification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last three days.

Where can I study?

At an approved provider near you, or at your computer via e-learning or web conference learning.

How much does it cost?

Prices for courses vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

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Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about digital solution development.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 18 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At any Pearson VUE test centre across the world.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £192 (£160.00 + VAT)

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour ‘closed book’ with 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Download specimen paper and answer key (PDF)

What's next?

Practitioner level certifications

Candidates wishing to progress their career pathway may wish to consider the BCS range of practitioner certifications, each of which will enhance your skills in their specific area of specialism.

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.