Who is it for?

  • Anyone who is involved in any aspect of systems development.

Entry requirements

  • None.

What will I learn?

  • Identify the tasks and disciplines required for systems development and the implementation of the development
  • Describe the relationship between systems development and the wider term solution development
  • Interpret the business requirements and produce systems requirements 
  • Describe the commonly used development lifecycles defined in the syllabus 
  • Select a particular development lifecycle based on specific characteristics 
  • Describe in detail one method that embraces one (or more) of these generic lifecycles
  • Describe the structure, activities and deliverables of this method
  • Identify the key roles and responsibilities within the chosen method and describe how these can be used to form teams
  • Describe, interpret and quality assure the key models that the selected method uses for defining the process, static and event processes of the system
  • Explain the differences between logical and physical models
  • Make effective use of different methods of interpersonal communications
  • Quality assure the systems requirements documentation and models 
  • Identify different architectures for systems development solutions 
  • Conduct a quality review 
  • Explain how CASE, CAST and Application Management tools might be used to support the chosen method

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

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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 a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour 'open book' with 15 minutes reading time
  • Written, based on a business scenario
  • Pass mark is 50%

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