Who is it for?

  • Anyone who is involved in any aspect of enterprise and solution architecture, including those who are new-to-role.

Entry requirements

  • No experience of IS / IT or architecture work is required. Training with a BCS accredited training provider is also recommended.

What will I learn?

Holders of the BCS Foundation Certificate will have demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of:

  • The meaning of ‘architecture’ and the different levels within it;
  • Different kinds of architecture and the roles architects play in the IT / IS industry;
  • The business context, and the importance of business-IT alignment;
  • Architecture precursors: goals, directives and constraints;
  • Architecture development process and description frameworks;
  • The various subdomains of enterprise and solutions architecture and their purpose;
  • The key activities undertaken in each subdomain and the related artefacts.

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

Please note: We have recently refreshed this certification, previously known as BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture. The new syllabus was made available on 30 June 2022, with the previous syllabus remaining available until 31 December 2022. Please ensure that all examinations for the previous syllabus are taken before this date.

Download our latest syllabus (PDF)

Download our latest specimen paper (PDF)

Download our previous syllabus (PDF)

Download our previous reference model (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 a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

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

Find a provider

Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about enterprise and solutions architecture.

How do I book an exam?

Call +44 (0)1793 417417 to book your exam

How long will it take?

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

How do I sit the exam?

If you're studying for this qualification without a training provider you can sit this exam directly with BCS.

How much does it cost?

UK price: £228 (£190 + VAT).
International prices may vary by region, please check international pricing via our Customer Service team.

Contact us on +44 (0)1793 417417

What format is the exam?

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

What's next?

Practitioner level certifications

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture will take candidates to the next level and enhance skills and knowledge across the entire discipline.

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