Course detail

This 4 day accredited course spans the breath of architecture concepts from business through data and applications and software to infrastructure.

The course is broad ranging, it explains and relates the four primary domains of architecture work.

It differentiates enterprise architect, solution architect and software architect roles.

The course includes both mock examinations and real examinations.

After the course, attendees will understand many terms, concepts, processes and products used by enterprise and solution architects, understand what it means to apply architecture frameworks such as TOGAF and Zachman, and understand the place of modelling languages such as UML and ArchiMate. They will be able to fill the gap between high-level management frameworks and low-level software development lifecycles. The course includes class exercises.

The course concludes with an examination set and marked by the BCS, who later send the exam results directly to delegates.

The BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture are well-respected qualifications that help people understand a variety of architecture frameworks.

Course Approach

This intensive course includes presentations, discussions, class exercises and exam preparation. It concludes with one examinations for the BCS professional certificate.


Three or more years’ experience of IS / IT work is recommended, with some contact with architects and architecture descriptions. Training with a BCS accredited training provider is also recommended.


Some pre-reading may be advised before the course.

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


  • 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
  • business architecture concepts and techniques
  • data architecture concepts and techniques
  • applications architecture concepts and techniques
  • solution design to meet non-functional requirements
  • infrastructure architecture as a process to support applications architecture.

The course is designed primarily for people in or approaching a career as a solution architect. It suits software architects, other technical specialists, business analysts and technical team managers who want to broaden their horizons.

But it also suits anybody interested in the terms, concepts and practice of architecture; especially people wanting to act in an architect role, and their stakeholders.

It is recommended that attendees have four years’ experience of IS/IT work including contact with architects and architecture descriptions.

This is a formal 60 minute exam, comprising 40 multiple choice questions, run by a BCS representative. You may bring mobile devices, but must switch them off during presentations.  The examinable reference model will be given to you in the course manual.

  • One hour ‘closed book’
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)
  • Teaching by a real expert
  • Learning in a small class (maximum class size is 12) with time for discussion
  • Course binders contain notes, case studies, and sample exams
  • Plenty of individual and small group case study exercises with worked solutions
  • Refreshments and lunches
  • A convenient central London location near Old Street station with excellent facilities
  • Exam fee included in price

Dates and bookings

Date Duration Location Delivery Price (ex VAT) Availability
Mon 24 – Thu 27 Sep 4 days London weekday £1375
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Sat 10 – Sun 11, Sat 17 – Sun 18 Nov 4 days London weekend £1375
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Mon 19 – Thu 22 Nov 4 days London weekday £1375
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