Better Business Cases Foundation

Better Business Cases

Better Business Cases is a systematic and objective approach to all stages of the business case development process that sits alongside, and complements, HM Treasury’s Green Book guidance.

The course and examination are based on The Five Case Model, the UK government’s best practice approach to planning spending proposals and enabling effective business decisions. This provides a step by step guide to developing a business case, by:

  • Establishing a clear need for intervention - a case for change
  • Setting clear objectives - what you want to achieve from the investment
  • Considering a wide range of potential solutions - ensuring an optimal balance of benefits, cost and risk
  • Putting the arrangements in place to successfully deliver the proposal.

The course is relevant to those responsible for developing and producing spending proposals or their assessment and approval; in particular:

  • Accounting Officers - responsible for delivering public value;
  • Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), Programme Directors and Project Managers, responsible for successful delivery;
  • Directors of Finance, procurement and planning, responsible for the forward planning and prioritization of spending proposals;
  • Members of approvals and management boards with responsibility for scrutinizing or approving spending proposals.

Benefits for Individuals

  • An improved understanding of the Better Business Case process, relevant to both those responsible for producing business cases and those who approve them.
  • Understanding of an established and proven methodology which can be applied at both strategic (macro) and tactical (micro) levels.
  • Core business competency for any manager or director.

Benefits for Organizations

  • Reduce unnecessary spend and optimize public value
  • Reduce consultancy costs.
  • Faster throughput and a clear, proportionate approval process.
  • Improve quality of decision making

Foundation Level

The purpose of the foundation certification is to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the guidance to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a team to develop a business case using the Five Case Model.

Complete your training through our accredited e-learning or as a 2 day in house course.

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 50 questions
  • 25 marks or more required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed book.

Practitioner Level

The purpose of the Practitioner qualification is to confirm whether you have achieved sufficient understanding of the theory and application of the Five Case Model to allow them to effectively develop and produce a business case. A successful Practitioner candidate should be able to start applying the model to a real project.

Complete this course as a 2 day in house course.

Exam Format

  • Objective testing
  • 4 questions per paper, with 20 marks available per question
  • 40 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • 2 ½ hours duration
  • Open book exam (Delivering Public Value from Spending Proposals: Green Book Guidance on Public Sector
  • Business Cases Using the Five Case Model only).

Why buy this course?

The Training Bytesize Foundation e-learning will cover everything you need to pass the Foundation exam first time. Accredited by the APM Group you can have the confidence that our courses will cover the full APM Group exam syllabus.

Having specialised in the development of elearning training courses for over 12 years you can be assured of an exceptionally high quality, interactive product. The delivery of the training course is through a truly collaborative online learning platform, ideal for organisations with a global reach. The Foundation course is approximately 10 hours long, interactive and uses audio and animation to create an interesting and involved training programme. The Practitioner course can be run by one of our accredited BBC tutors as a 2 day classroom course.