Business analyst apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:
- information systems
- business management
- computing and systems development
- computer science
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. A degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.
You could do a college course, which may lead onto more advanced qualifications or a higher apprenticeship, or help you to get a trainee position with a company. Courses include:
You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or the equivalent, including English and maths for A-Levels and a T-Level. You'll also need 1 or 2 A-Levels, or the equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma.
- A Level in ICT
- BTEC Extended Certificate in ICT
- T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
- Higher National Certificate in Computing
You could start by completing an apprenticeship
such as a Level 4 IS business analyst apprenticeship or a degree apprenticeship in project management.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You can apply directly for jobs if you've got several years' experience in project management, consulting or IT. A working knowledge of project development methods like Waterfall or Agile can help you get into this career.
Business analyst apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- business management skills
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Business analyst apprenticeships - what you'll do
- speak to managers to find out their business needs
- investigate business processes to see what they do and how they do it
- analyse findings and use data modelling methods to help recommend changes and improvements
- explain the potential impact, benefits and risks of your recommendations
- agree the best way to implement recommended changes
- oversee testing and quality checks of recommendations
- support staff making changes
document and report on change process
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Business analyst apprenticeships
With experience, you could move into project management, consulting, or work in different industries.
You could set up your own company and work freelance.