BCS - Systems Development Essentials



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28/6/2021 (Monday)


On this accelerated BCS Systems Development Essentials course you’ll learn the fundamental skills of systems development. This includes the vital systems investigation and quality assurance skills. These are necessary to get started in the systems development industry.

You’ll learn about the generic lifecycle types and the different methods and approaches to systems development in modules like:

  • Development Practices
  • Systems Investigation
  • System Design, Deployment and Maintenance

These skills will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge in systems development, which is necessary for you to start gaining real-world practical experience.

Note: This course is provided in conjunction with Metadata Ltd, a BCS accredited training organisation.

Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online Systems Development Essentials courses
  2. You'll be Systems Development Essentials certified in just 2 days. With us, you’ll be Systems Development Essentials trained in record time
  3. Our Systems Development Essentials course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  4. Pass Systems Development Essentials first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn Systems Development Essentials faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying Systems Development Essentials with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 102635 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business


Passing the Systems Development Essentials exam, also makes you eligible for the BCS Associate Membership (AMBCS) at no additional cost. Your eligibility will last for 12 months.

Benefits of Training with Firebrand

  • Two options of training - Residential classroom-based, or online courses
  • A purpose-built training centre – get access to dedicated Pearson VUE Select facilities
  • Certification Guarantee – pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)
  • Everything you need to certify – you’ll sit your exam at the earliest available opportunity after the course - either immediately after your classroom course, or as soon as there are slots available, if you've taken it online
  • No hidden extras – one cost covers everything you need to certify


The Systems Development Essentials Certification covers the following topics:

  • 1. System Development roles and responsibilities
    • 1.1 Identify the Actors/Roles and Responsibilities within system development and implementation (for example, analysts, designers, developers, testers and technical architects)
    • 1.2 Characteristics of these roles
    • 1.3 Team structure
  • 2. Architecture
    • 2.1 Different levels of architecture – Enterprise, Business, Solution, Infrastructure (networks, databases)
    • 2.2 Inputs at Enterprise level
    • 2.3 Inputs at Solution and Infrastructure level
    • 2.4 Impacts of design decisions
  • 3. Systems Development Lifecycles
    • 3.1 Waterfall
    • 3.2 V Model
    • 3.3 Incremental or phased delivery
    • 3.4 Spiral or iterative
    • 3.5 Advantages and disadvantages of each approach
    • 3.6 Selection of an appropriate approach on defined characteristics
  • 4. Development Practices
    • 4.1 Bespoke development
    • 4.2 Evolutionary / Agile
    • 4.3 Prototyping
    • 4.4 Component based development
    • 4.5 Software Package solutions (COTS Commercial off-the-shelf)
  • 5. Methods
    • 5.1 Structure and content of a chosen representative method
    • 5.2 Describe and interpret three representation models from the method, showing at least:
      • Process perspective
      • Data perspective
      • Event perspective
    • 5.3 Explain how these models can be used to depict the logical and physical aspects of a system
    • 5.4 Roles and team structures within the chosen method
    • 5.5 Products within a chosen method
  • 6 Systems Investigation
    • 6.1 Fact finding approaches:
      • Workshops
      • Prototyping
      • Interviewing
      • Questionnaires (for usability or package selection for example)
      • Scenario analysis
    • 6.2 Functional requirements definition
    • 6.3 Non-functional requirements definition
    • 6.4 Documenting system requirements
    • 6.5 Human aspects of systems investigation and introducing change
  • 7 System Design, Deployment and Maintenance
    • 7.1 Controls and security
    • 7.2 Verification and validation
    • 7.3 Interface design
    • 7.4 Design principles and constraints (legal, ethical, financial)
    • 7.5 Different types of implementation
    • 7.6 Sign off and deployment
    • 7.7 Post implementation reviews
    • 7.8 Different types of maintenance and support
  • 8 Quality Assurance
    • 8.1 Definitions of quality
    • 8.2 Requirements driven testing
    • 8.3 Types of walkthrough and inspection
    • 8.4 Post Project Reviews
    • 8.5 Service Level Agreements
  • 9 CASE, CAST, Application Lifecycle Management tools
    • 9.1 Software support for systems development
    • 9.2 Features of CASE and CAST tools
    • 9.3 Features of Application Lifecycle Management
    • 9.4 Lifecycle coverage
    • 9.5 Configuration and version control

Exam Track

You'll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training Centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • BCS Systems Development Essentials exam

Exam details:

  • 1 hour in duration
  • In a written, ‘open book’ format with 15 minutes reading time, based on a business scenario.
  • Pass mark is 50%

What's Included


  • Accredited BCS courseware and the official BCS exam

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)


You do not need to possess any prerequisites for this certification.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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