Business Analyst

Two people looking at business data

About the course

It is tough running a successful business. There is a lot of competition and a constant stream of new technologies available to organisations and their competitors to chart and navigate the ever-changing business environment. For a business to succeed, it must leverage every possible advantage it can find. While this is not a new concept, technology is changing in new ways — and at increasing speed; this is why business analysis is essential for organisational success, and why professional’s adept at analysing a business strategy and business plans are in high demand.

This course explores the concepts of business analysis and aims to develop the required skillset for apprentices to deliver competitor advantage within their organisations, particularly, the course seeks to develop your:

  • knowledge and understanding of the value of analysing the internal and external environment for the purposes of initiating improvement
  • ability to conduct a thorough analysis using the appropriate strategies and tools and to then provide insights to allow organisations to create competitive business strategies
  • approach to analysing, organising and recognising business priorities and the ability to communicate these to a range of stakeholders

The course will develop your knowledge and skills to document business problems and user needs, and create solution requirements that align to best practice, and present them in a meaningful and logical way appropriate to the audience. Having this skillset allows you to focus on benefits and outcomes to ensure the right problems are solved and the right products are developed. Business analysis exists in almost every sector, from not-for-profit organisations through to retail and the financial services. It is dynamic and collaborative and provides a recognised career with professionals taking lead roles in successful change delivery.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers in conjunction with the University.

  • Level 3 qualification or 2-3 years relevant work experience.
  • Applicants need to remain employed within the workplace for the duration of the course, ideally for a minimum of 30hrs a week.
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.


Apprentices will be able to achieve the University Certificate of Higher Education in addition to their apprenticeship and be able to attend a graduation ceremony.

The gained credit opens up the opportunity for further progression to other courses at Level 5 and potentially Level 6, if desired, such as the Project Manager degree apprenticeship.

Fee - Companies with a wage bill less than £3m will just pay £900 over two years, this is because the government funds 95% of the full fee. If you are a levy-payer then this apprenticeship will be £18,000 from your levy. As a business of any size, you can also use the Manage Apprenticeship service to apply for funding from large businesses that want to fund 100% of your apprenticeship training and assessment costs.