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CIMA, Certificate

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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CIMA’s Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) is open to everyone, as no prior qualifications are required. You must pass all four exams to gain the Cert BA qualification. On successful completion you can opt to progress onto the CIMA Professional qualification and subsequently become a qualified Management Accountant.
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Fundamentals of  Business Economics

The focus of the syllabus for BA1 is on providing candidates with an understanding of the areas of economic activity relevant to an organisation’s decisions and, within this context, the numerical techniques to support such decisions.

Fundamentals of Management Accounting

This subject deals with the fundamental knowledge and techniques that underpin management accounting. It identifies the position of the management accountant within organisations and the role of CIMA.

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

The main objective of this subject is to obtain a practical understanding of financial accounting and the process behind the preparation of financial statements for single entities.

Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Ethics is more than just knowing the rules around confidentiality, integrity and objectivity. It’s about identifying ethical dilemmas, understanding the implications and behaving appropriately. It includes the role of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and audit; and their increasing impact in the management of organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

Topics covered:

  • Macroeconomic and Institutional Context of Business 
  • Microeconomic and Organisational Context of Business
  • Informational Context of Business 
  • Financial Context of Business 
  • The Context of Management Accounting 
  • Costing
  • Planning and Control
  • Decision making 
  • Accounting Principles, Concepts and Regulations 
  • Recording Accounting Transactions 
  • Preparation of Accounts for Single Entities 
  • Analysis of Financial Statements 
  • Business Ethics and Ethical Conflict 
  • Corporate Governance, Controls and Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • General Principles of the Legal System, Contract and Employment Law 
  • Company Administration 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

To study for the CIMA qualification you need to register as a student via the CIMA website where you can also find details of registration deadlines.

You have/Your starting point:

No previous qualifications:

  • Certificate level

AAT Level 3 complete:

  • Certificate level (you may be eligible for some exemptions)

AAT Level 4 complete:

  • Operational level

Tuition Fee

  • International

    279 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 279 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    279 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 279 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs

  • London, United Kingdom

    1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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  • Glasgow, United Kingdom

    620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs
  • Leicester, United Kingdom

    751 - 1430 GBP/month
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  • Bristol, United Kingdom

    750 - 1260 GBP/month
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  • Leeds, United Kingdom

    637 - 1110 GBP/month
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  • Liverpool, United Kingdom

    556 - 1040 GBP/month
    Living Costs
  • Reading, United Kingdom

    903 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom

    583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs
  • Manchester, United Kingdom

    645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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