Apprenticeships allow individuals to gain practical skills and knowledge while working in real jobs, setting a strong foundation for their careers in the tech sector. Apprenticeships are open to school leavers or existing employees within an organisation. In order to undertake an Apprenticeship you must be supported by an Employer.
6 to 8 hours / week
Why study Business Analysis?
This occupation is found in the public and private sector, large multi-national companies and smaller independent enterprises. Business analysis exists in almost every sector, from not-for-profit organisations through to retail and the financial services. It's fast-paced and collaborative and provides a recognised career with professionals taking lead roles in successful change delivery.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to understand the needs of stakeholders and how these can be met through business change and digital solutions.
The key activities that Business Analyst graduates perform include:
Enhance your employability
Linked in Profile review alumni access, networking, and interview opportunities. Development of wider skills via our monthly Newsletter and events. We will provide pastoral support to ensure you are developing all the relevant behaviours such as communication, problem solving, emotional intelligence and growth mindset.
The ideal candidate will be selected by the employer based on their pre-requisites and screening process.
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
The tools a student needs are as followed:
A working laptop running Windows 10 or more, MacOS or any major distribution of Linux.
A working microphone and video camera.
A stable internet connection.
Chromebooks, tablets and phones are not conducive to undertaking the sessions.
The definition of Business Analysis and the range of activities that constitute it.
The value of Business Analysis in enabling business improvement and delivering IT system changes.
The role of the Business Analyst, and its relationship with other roles on a business change initiative, including those with system development responsibility.
Business change and system development life cycles, including the use of appropriate methodologies and the impact of organisational culture and context.
The principles, features and differences of waterfall and agile methodologies for project delivery and software development.
The importance of effective communication and engagement with a range of stakeholders in relation to Business Analysis assignments.
The purpose and value of quality assurance techniques.
Approaches to conducting internal and external environmental analysis of an industry domain.
The advantages and disadvantages of a range of investigative techniques.
The purpose of process modelling and the importance of an organisational view of business processes.
Different approaches to document business processes including when it is most appropriate to use each.
Techniques to elicit requirements, including when it is most appropriate to use each.
The importance of eliciting requirements rather than gathering solution descriptions.
Approaches to categorise, validate and prioritise requirements.
The importance of requirements management including change control.
A broad range of non-functional requirement areas and the importance of including these within requirements engineering.
The importance of considering user experience, accessibility and usability requirements in the design of digital solutions.
The value of data to an organisation, and how data needs are considered in business improvement.
The purpose and activities of the gap analysis process.
The role of the business analyst in facilitating business acceptance of changes.
The different phases of testing of business and system changes.
The importance and the principles of engaging internal and external stakeholders.
Techniques to support the identification and analysis of internal and external stakeholders.
The purpose and importance of business change impact assessment.
The concepts of benefits realisation and management.
Legislation and industry standards relevant to the organisation and sector.
Data protection regulations and the importance of managing information and data in line with legislation and organisational policies.
Technology and industry trends across the digital sector, and the opportunities these bring for business improvement and IT solutions.
Apprenticeships are funded based on employer Wage Bills. There are two types of employers and funding is based on the employer category you fall under:
A Levy employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million is required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Funds can be managed using the Apprenticeship service and spent towards training and assessing Apprentices. The government will apply a 10% top-up to the funds you have in your account.
Maximum funding from the government is capped at £18,000 for the Business Analyst Level 4 Apprenticeship.