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Business analyst

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Business analysts work with organisations to help them change and improve.

Average salary (a year)

£30,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

How to become a business analyst

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • business information systems
  • business management
  • computing and systems development
  • computer science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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College

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:

  • A Level in ICT
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in ICT
  • T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Higher National Certificate in Computing

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma

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Apprenticeship

You could start by completing an apprenticeship such as:

  • Level 4 IS business analyst
  • Degree apprenticeship in project management

Entry requirements

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

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Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got several years' experience in project management, consulting or IT.

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Career tips

A working knowledge of project development methods like Waterfall or Agile can help you get into this career.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a business analyst from:

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • 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

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into project management, consulting, or work in different industries.

You could set up your own company and work freelance.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Business Analyst Level 4 Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £22,426.00 Annually
  • Location:

Business Analyst (HRIS) Apprentice

  • Wage: £21,000.00 - £25,000.00 Annually
  • Location: London

Courses In England

ICT

  • Provider: BEDFORDSHIRE & LUTON EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Norwich

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Computing & ICT

  • Provider: HOPWOOD HALL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 30 August 2021
  • Location: Manchester

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