5 Day(s)


This course provides comprehensive training for anyone involved in software testing, including test analysts and test managers looking for highly practical knowledge and techniques. It is a combination of lectures, workshops, exercises and sample exam questions. Delegates will leave with testing knowledge, skills and techniques which can be applied in the workplace

The Foundation is accredited by the British Computer Society , and follows the syllabus specified by the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB). It culminates in an optional one-hour multiple choice examination for the BCS (formerly ISEB) Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. Successful candidates will also gain the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level, a globally recognised qualification

Delegates also have the option of taking BCS Intermediate Certificate examination as well as the Foundation (both exams are taken on the last day of the course)

Those delegates taking the BCS Examination(s) will need to spend some time each evening on revision and example examination questions. The amount of time required will depend on experience, but delegates should be prepared to spend a minimum of 1 hour each evening

BCS courses are delivered by Accredited BCS Training Partners

Skills Gained

Delegates will learn how to

  • Explain the terminology associated with the ISTQB and understand the principles, psychology and code of ethics of testing
  • Describe verification, validation and testing approaches in different life cycles and domains
  • Produce test designs using equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition techniques
  • Use static techniques to assess quality and coverage
  • Appreciate the different tools available for automating testing
  • Understand how to apply review techniques effectively
  • Perform risk analysis techniques
  • Address test management areas of planning, monitoring and controlling
  • Select and apply the most appropriate test analysis techniques


  • Anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role.
  • Those wishing to attain the BCS Foundation and Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing. Note that the BCS must be advised at least four weeks in advance of any special requirements.
  • Delegates should already have a basic working knowledge of IT and an understanding of the testing role in software development. Those who intend to sit the examination at the end of the course will benefit from pre-reading the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus and a standard text on the subject from the BCS book list.
  • Important: Passing the BCS Foundation exam is a pre-requisite for the Intermediate Certificate. If a candidate takes both the Foundation and the Intermediate but fails the Foundation Level, BCS will withhold the Intermediate results until they pass the Foundation exam (they have 3 months to achieve that).

Course Specifics

Course Outline

Fundamentals of Testing

Why is Testing Necessary , What is Testing?, Seven Testing Principles, Fundamental Test Process, The Psychology of Testing, Code of Ethics, Application Domain

Testing Throughout the Software Life Cycle

Software Development Models, Test Levels, Test Types, Maintenance Testing

Static Techniques

The Principles of Reviews, Types of Reviews, Using Different review types, Performing a Formal Review, Static Analysis by Tools

Test Design Techniques

The Test Development Process, Categories of Test Design Techniques, Specification-based or Black-box Techniques, Structure-based or White-box Techniques, Experience-based Techniques , Choosing Test Techniques

Test Analysis

Test Environment Requirements, Coverage Measures

Testing and Risks

Introduction to Risk and Risk based Testing, Risk Management, Product Risk Identification and Analysis

Test Management

Test Organization, Test Policy, Strategy and Plans, Test Planning, Estimation and Estimation Techniques, Test Monitoring, Entry and Exit Criteria, Configuration Management, Incident Management Process

Tool Support for Testing

Types of Test Tools, Effective Use of Tools: Potential Benefits and Risks, Introducing a Tool into an Organization

Exam Revision - Foundation and Intermediate (throughout the course)

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

Submit an enquiry from any page on this site, and let us know you are interested in the requirements box, or simply mention it when we contact you.

Upcoming Dates

Course Location Days Cost Date
5 2099 £2099 2018-09-17
5 2099 £2099 2017-11-06