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BCS International Diploma in Solution Development

Higher certificate

Gain industry recognition with an international diploma that demonstrates knowledge, skills and capabilities in solution development. Providing great breadth and depth of learning, candidates have the flexibility to develop skills in the areas most relevant to them and their organisation.

Who is this aimed at?

Practising solution developers and professionals from related disciplines who want a detailed understanding of solution development best practice. 

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for the oral examination, four modules are required to be passed:

  • two core modules
  • one knowledge-based specialist module
  • one practitioner specialist module
Core modules Knowledge-based specialisms Practitioner specialisms
Systems Development Essentials Foundation Certificate in Systems Development Business Analysis Practice
Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture
Systems Design Techniques
Systems Modelling Techniques
ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level
Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture
Foundation Certificate in VeriSM
Integrating Off-the-shelf Software Solutions
2 of the above 1 of the above 1 of the above


What format is the exam?

  • Up to 50 minutes oral examination
  • Conducted by two examiners
  • Questions on topics from the syllabus, including the selected specialist modules

Where can I take the exam?

Option 1: With an accredited examination provider

Option 2: At a public sitting (exam only): Please follow the registration link for available dates.

Time: Select when booking
Venue 1: BCS London Office
Fee: £390 (£325 + VAT)
Register: Online - Once you have booked your exam please complete a candidate registration form and send to eprofessional@bcs.uk. Your booking is not confirmed until the form is submitted, failure to complete the form may mean you are unable to sit the exam.

Exam fees for public sittings must be paid a minimum of four weeks prior to the exam date by Visa, Access or MasterCard.

Where can I read more?

You can read more in our latest syllabus, reading list and guidelines for candidates.
We have recently updated the syllabus for this exam and our new/updated syllabus will be used for all exams that take place from 1st May 2019.

What can I do next?

You may be interested in extending your knowledge in related specialist areas, such as Business Analysis, Software Testing or Agile.

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications in Wales, CCEA or SQA.