BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture

3 days


This course describes a broad framework of architecture work that precedes then steers IT system development. It defines areas of focus for IT Architects and aims to cover generally applicable concepts and knowledge; independent of any specific framework. The main concepts covered are:

  • The different kinds/levels of IT Architecture
  • Aligning IT to Business
  • Architectural pre-cursors such as constraints and motivation
  • The value and use of frameworks
  • Concepts and techniques associated with the main Architecture Domains - Business, Data, Applications, Infrastructure
  • An architectural approach to handling non-function alrequirements

This course prepares delegates for the BCS (formerly ISEB) Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture, the achievement of which demonstrates that Enterprise and Solution Architects have a consistent and comprehensive platform of knowledge about architecture terms and concepts

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  • This course and qualification is aimed at practising IT Architects, or those wishing to progress into this role.

Skills Gained

At the end of this course you will be able to understand the key terms and concepts of enterprise and solution architecture, including:

  • The main roles and goals of architecture
  • An explanation of both Enterprise and Solution architecture
  • Architecture description
  • An awareness of the most useful frameworks
  • An understanding of the main architecture domains
  • Architecture Processes


  • BCS recommend three or more years experience of IS/IT work including contact with architects and architecture descriptions.
  • A reference model for this certificate has been published by BCS. This is available on-line HERE, and it is beneficial for attendees to have read through this before attending. They should also familiarise themselves with the syllabus, available HERE.

Pre-course reading:

Delegates will be provided with pre-course reading prior to attending the course. The success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-reading materials. It is recommended that candidates spend 10 hours working through the pre-reading.

Course Outline

The primary aims of this and the related certificate are to give enterprise and solution architects a broad framework that covers the range of architecture work that precedes and steers system development, and to focus attention on areas where the architect is responsible for effective design and risk management

A secondary aim is to provide architects with generally applicable knowledge and training. General here means independent of any specific architecture framework including general knowledge and skills, rather than framework-specific terms, concepts, structures and processes

Delegates will learn to

  • understand the different kinds of architecture and the roles architects play in the IT/IS industry.
  • recognise the business context, and the importance of business-IT alignment.
  • understand architecture precursors: goals, directives and constraints.
  • follow a architecture development process and use description frameworks.
  • understand concepts and techniques of: Business Architecture, Data Architecture, Applications architecture.
  • employ solution design to meet non-functional requirements.
  • understand how Infrastructure Architecture should support Applications Architecture



BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture Exam (One hour, 40 questions, closed book, multi-choice)


BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture

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Onsite3 1500 £1500 2019-05-21