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Certificate in Business Accounting

Distance learning courses for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. Choose between CIMA study and CIMA study Prime.


  • Fundamentals of Business Economics

    Aim of the syllabus
    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.
    Topics covered
    • Macroeconomic and Institutional Context of Business (25%)
      • Explain the principal factors that affect the level of a country's national income and the impact of changing economic growth rates and prices on business.
      • Explain the factors affecting the trade of a country with the rest of the World and its impact on business.
      • Explain the influences on economic development of countries and the effects of globalisation on business
    • Microeconomic and Organisational Context of Business (30%)
      • Distinguish between the economic goals of various stakeholders and organisations.
      • Demonstrate the determination of prices by market forces and the impact of price changes on revenue from sales.
      • Explain the influence of economic and social considerations on the structure of the organisation and the regulation of markets.
    • Informational Context of Business (20%)
      • Apply techniques to communicate business data as information to business stakeholders.
      • Demonstrate the uses of big data and analytics for understanding the business context.
    • Financial Context of Business (25%)
      • Explain the functions of the main financial markets and institutions in facilitating commerce and development.
      • Apply financial mathematical techniques in a business decision-making context.
      • Demonstrate the impact of changes in interest and exchange rates on controlling and measuring business performance.
    Exam information
    • Date:
      Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) exams are computer based and are on demand so they can be taken all year round.
    • Scheduling:
      We recommend that you schedule your Certificate Objective Test (OT) at least 2 weeks in advance of when you would like to sit your exam.
    • Duration:
      2 hours
    • Structure:
      The Certificate syllabus comprises of four subjects with one exam for each subject. All four exams must be passed to complete the qualification. The four exams can be taken in any order.
    • Locations:
      CIMA is working in partnership with Pearson VUE who have over 5,000 test centres in 178 countries. Find your nearest Pearson VUE centre.
    Do I have exemptions?

    Certificate in Business Accounting is the entry level to CIMA so no prior qualifications are required to sit a Certificate paper. You must complete all 4 papers in Certificate in Business Accounting before progressing on to the CIMA Professional Qualification. Knowledge gained in all certificate papers will be used in most professional level papers.

    You may be exempt from some or all Certificate papers if you have a relevant degree, have completed the AAT technician stage, or have studied another professional accounting qualification. More about exemptions.

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  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting

    Aim of the syllabus
    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.
    Topics covered
    • The Context of Management Accounting (10%)
      • Explain the purpose of management accounting and the role of the Management Accountant.
      • Explain the role of CIMA as a professional body for Management Accountants.
    • Costing (25%)
      • Demonstrate cost identification and classification.
      • Apply absorption costing and marginal costing.
    • Planning and Control (30%)
      • Prepare budgets for planning and control.
      • Apply variance analysis to reconcile budgeted and actual profits in a marginal format.
      • Calculate appropriate financial and non-financial performance measures.
      • Prepare accounts and reports for managers.
    • Decision making (35%)
      • Demonstrate the impact of risk.
      • Demonstrate the use of appropriate techniques for short-term decision making.
      • Demonstrate the use of appropriate techniques for long-term decision making.
    Exam information
    • Date:
       Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) exams are computer based and are on demand so they can be taken all year.
    • Scheduling:
       We recommend that you schedule your Certificate Objective Test (OT) at least 2 weeks in advance of when you would like to sit your exam.
    • Duration:
       2 hours
    • Structure:
       The Certificate syllabus comprises of four subjects with one exam for each subject. All four exams must be passed to complete the qualification. The four exams can be taken in any order.
    • Locations:
       CIMA is working in partnership with Pearson VUE who have over 5,000 test centres in 178 countries. Find your nearest Pearson VUE centre.
    Do I have exemptions?

    Certificate in Business Accounting is the entry level to CIMA so no prior qualifications are required to sit a Certificate paper. You must complete all 4 papers in Certificate in Business Accounting before progressing on to the CIMA Professional Qualification. Knowledge gained in all certificate papers will be used in most professional level papers.

    You may be exempt from some or all Certificate papers if you have a relevant degree, have completed the AAT technician stage, or have studied another professional accounting qualification. More about exemptions.

    Checkout
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

    Aim of the syllabus
    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.
    Topics covered
    • Accounting Principles, Concepts and Regulations (10%)
      • Explain the principles and concepts of financial accounting.
      • Explain the impact of the regulatory framework on financial accounting.
    • Recording Accounting Transactions (50%)
      • Prepare accounting records.
      • Prepare accounting reconciliations.
      • Prepare accounting entries for specific transactions
    • Preparation of Accounts for Single Entities (30%)
      • Prepare accounting adjustments.
      • Prepare manufacturing accounts.
      • Prepare financial statements for a single entity
    • Analysis of Financial Statements (10%)
      • Identify information provided by accounting ratios.
      • Calculate basic accounting ratios.
    Exam information
    • Date:
       Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) exams are computer based and are on demand so they can be taken all year round.
    • Scheduling:
       We recommend that you schedule your Certificate Objective Test (OT) at least 2 weeks in advance of when you would like to sit your exam.
    • Duration:
       2 hours
    • Structure:
       The Certificate syllabus comprises of four subjects with one exam for each subject. All four exams must be passed to complete the qualification. The four exams can be taken in any order.
    • Locations:
       CIMA is working in partnership with Pearson VUE who have over 5,000 test centres in 178 countries. Find your nearest Pearson VUE centre.
    Do I have exemptions?

    Certificate in Business Accounting is the entry level to CIMA so no prior qualifications are required to sit a Certificate paper. You must complete all 4 papers in Certificate in Business Accounting before progressing on to the CIMA Professional Qualification. Knowledge gained in all certificate papers will be used in most professional level papers.

    You may be exempt from some or all Certificate papers if you have a relevant degree, have completed the AAT technician stage, or have studied another professional accounting qualification. More about exemptions.

    Checkout
  • Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

    Aim of the syllabus
    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.
    Topics covered
    • Business Ethics and Ethical Conflict (30%)
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of ethics to society, business and the professional accountant.
      • Explain the need and requirements for CIMA students and members in adopting the highest standards of ethical behaviour.
      • Explain the various means of regulating ethical behaviour, recognising different parties’ perspectives towards ethical dilemmas.
      • Identify ethical dilemmas and how they may be resolved.
    • Corporate Governance, Controls and Corporate Social Responsibility (45%)
      • Explain the role of corporate governance in meeting the concerns of society and investors over the management of corporations.
      • Explain the impact of corporate governance on the directors and management structures of corporations.
      • Explain the role of external and internal audit.
      • Explain the nature of errors and frauds.
      • Explain Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - a political and corporate perspective.
      • Explain the role of CSR within company reporting.
    • General Principles of the Legal System, Contract and Employment Law (15%)
      • Explain how the law determines the point at which a contract is formed and the legal status of contractual terms.
      • Explain the essential elements of an employment contract and the remedies available following termination of the contract.
    • Company Administration (10%)
      • Explain the nature, legal status and administration of business organisations
    Exam information
    • Date:
       Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) exams are computer based and are on demand so they can be taken all year round.
    • Scheduling:
       We recommend that you schedule your Certificate Objective Test (OT) at least 2 weeks in advance of when you would like to sit your exam.
    • Duration:
       2 hours
    • Structure:
       The Certificate syllabus comprises of four subjects with one exam for each subject. All four exams must be passed to complete the qualification. The five exams can be taken in any order.
    • Locations:
       CIMA is working in partnership with Pearson VUE who have over 5,000 test centres in 178 countries. Find your nearest Pearson VUE centre.
    Do I have exemptions?

    Certificate in Business Accounting is the entry level to CIMA so no prior qualifications are required to sit a Certificate paper. You must complete all 4 papers in Certificate in Business Accounting before progressing on to the CIMA Professional Qualification. Knowledge gained in all certificate level papers will be used in most professional level papers.

    You may be exempt from some or all Certificate papers if you have a relevant degree, have completed the AAT technician stage, or have studied another professional accounting qualification. More about exemptions.

    Checkout

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    Webinar with a tutor to help you structure your studies and get the most out of online learning.
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    Create a study plan to keep you focussed and highlight areas of importance within the syllabus.
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120 hours of e-learning content

Each course contains over 120 hours of content written and approved by CIMA

 
Jargon busters to clarify technical concepts
Mid module questions to check your understanding, with instant feedback

Check your progress with these tests, helping you to identify strengths and areas requiring further study.

Real life examples to help you simulate real life business problems and work out solutions

See how course content can be applied to solve real business problems, helping you to apply your own knowledge practically in work.

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Check if you are exam ready, with these multiple choice questions with instant feedback.

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Official CIMA online study text

Online study text, accessed on a separate platform as an ebook, containing all the theory needed to pass your exams, including examples, questions and answers.

Official CIMA online revision kit

Online exam practice kit, accessed on a separate platform as an ebook, containing revision topics and past exam questions.

Introductory Welcome Pack

Welcome Pack outlining syllabus, exam structure and learning resources available with CIMAstudy Prime.

Study planners

Breaks the course down into a week by week study phase at both the learning and revision phase, highlighting key topic areas and study tips. This allows you to better plan your studies around work and life commitments.

Live introductory webinar

Within 2 weeks of enrolling, you will be invited to a live webinar with a Kaplan Distance Learning tutor. The tutor will introduce you to your course, explain the various study material available to you, and provide advice and guidance on how to reach the goal of passing your examination.

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