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BCS Certificate in Software Testing

About the Course

Course Duration: 3 days
Exam Fees Included

Price: £1095

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This new course superseded the BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing in the Summer of 2020.
Using the ISTQB Foundation Level as a base, the BCS Certificate in Software Testing syllabus develops and supplements core testing principles by considering the typical circumstances that anyone involved in testing encounters in the workplace. The BCS Certificate in Software Testing exam demonstrates that candidates can apply software testing knowledge and skills to practical real-life situations through scenario-driven questions.

This three-day tutor-led course includes lectures, exercises and practical work. At the end of day three delegates prepare and take the examination. It is fully-accredited by BCS Professional Certifications and they have rated it as SFIAplus level 4.

Who is it for?

This BCS Certificate in Software Testing syllabus is for anyone involved in practical software testing activities. It is not role-specific and considers the typical cross-skills required for a tester at any level working in a collaborative software development environment. The BCS Certificate in Software Testing exam bridges the gap between the ISTQB Foundation and the role-based ISTQB Advanced Certificates and prepares candidates for more complex and in-depth role-based syllabi and scenario-driven examinations.

About BCS Professional Certification & ISTQB

BCS Professional Certifications have been established for over 25 years, and, until recently, were marketed under the ISEB (Information Systems Examination Board) portfolio. During this time they have gained worldwide recognition and are delivered in over 200 countries and are mapped to SFIAplus.

Founded in 2002, ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) is a not-for-profit association, comprising 47 national boards (including the UKTB) covering 71 countries worldwide.  It is responsible for the international software testing qualification scheme called ‘ISTQB Certified Tester’.


Entry Requirements

The entry criteria for candidates taking the BCS Software Testing course are as follows:

  • It is recommended that candidates hold the ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing; although this is not mandatory: and/or
  • have at least 6-months’ experience in software testing.

The Exam

To qualify as the holder of a BCS Certificate in Software Testing, delegates must successfully pass the exam administered by the BCS;

  • The exam has 40 scenario-based multiple choice questions.
  • It will be a ‘closed book’ examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
  • It is held over 90 minutes (+ 25% additional time for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language).
  • The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).
The exam is 90mins with an extra 25% if English is not your first language making the exam 113mins

Course Objectives

The objectives for the BCS Software Testing Certificate qualification are to:

  • provide a sound basis for candidates intending to register for ISTQB Advanced Level examinations;
  • ensure that candidates for any one of the ISTQB Advanced Level Examinations have a broad understanding of the other specialist areas;
  • cover specific topic areas that the three specialisations (Test Managers, Test Analysts and Technical Test Analysts) should understand.

The testing skills acquired by attending courses run to this syllabus will be applicable to a wide range of testing challenges that the test practitioner might face. The general approach taught will provide a basis for the testing of software systems in general.

Syllabus – Key points

  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, application and analysis of Software Testing processes, practices and techniques in the following areas:Testing Activities in Development Lifecycles
    • Understand the characteristics of software architecture that impact on software testing in the development lifecycle
    • Understand the core testing knowledge, skills and behaviours common to multi-skilled roles in the development lifecycle
    • Analyse project scenarios to choose appropriate testing activities

    Testing and Risk

    • Apply risk analysis for a given testing scenario
    • Analyse project scenarios to choose testing types and activities to address specific product and project risks

    Test Management

    • Analyse testing scenarios to select appropriate test entry and exit criteria to meet given testing objectives
    • Analyse defect management processes to determine improvements that address given issues

    Test Analysis and Design

    • Understand the criteria, benefits and pitfalls for selecting and deploying test techniques.
    • Analyse a testing scenario to select appropriate test techniques.
    • Understand the relationship between typical test measures and the effectiveness of information traceability.
    • Analyse a testing scenario to select appropriate coverage measures.

    Software Product Quality Characteristics

    • Understand key product risks relating to Security, Performance Efficiency, Usability, User Experience (UX), Accessibility, Installability, Adaptability and Replaceability.
    • Apply a high-level testing approach which addresses risks in Security, Performance Efficiency and Usability.

    Test Automation Characteristics

    • Understand the role of test automation and the objectives for each level in the development lifecycle with respect to test automation activities.
    • Understand the characteristics of tests to make them suitable for test automation.

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