BCS Software Testing Combined Foundation & Intermediate Certificate - STCFIC

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 material is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), and follows the syllabus specified by the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB). It culminates in a one-hour multiple choice examination for the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level, a globally recognised qualification.

The Intermediate material is also accredited by the BCS, and culminates in a one-hour multiple choice examination for BCS Intermediate Certificate.

Both exams are taken on the last day of the course.

Delegates 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.


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 & Risks
Introduction to Risk & Risk based Testing, Risk Management, Product Risk Identification & Analysis.

Test Management
Test Organization, Test Policy, Strategy & Plans, Test Planning, Estimation and Estimation Techniques, Test Monitoring, Entry & 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.

Examinations included in this course

  • ISTQB-ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level Certificate
  • ISEB Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing
  • £ 1,905

    Guide Price Per Delegate

  • Dates & Locations Available

  • London

Course Information

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 ISEB book list.

This course is suitable for anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role who wishes to attain the ISTQB Foundation and BCS Intermediate Certificates in Software Testing.

Passing the ISTQB Foundation exam is a pre-requisite for the BCS Intermediate Certificate. If a candidate takes both the Foundation and the Intermediate but fails the Foundation Level, ISEB will withhold the Intermediate results until they pass the Foundation exam (they have 3 months to achieve that).

If you are taking a BCS exam you must bring photographic identification with you (passport, driving license or student card), as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam.

The BCS also allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose business language is not English. Candidates can request this additional time in line with the BCS reasonable adjustments policy.

If you believe you qualify for this, please contact our exam administration team (01793 608815) as early as possible. At least three weeks' notice will be required for processing this request and delegates failing to adviseConnect 2 Courses and provide proof if requested by the BCS, may not be allowed the additional support offered via this BCS policy

For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable, or for more information about the BCS reasonable adjustments policy, please contact your Account Manager or theConnect 2 Courses Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 608815

  • 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

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