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Strategic Level

Distance learning courses for the CIMA Strategic level.
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Please note the 2019 syllabus changes when choosing your subjects.


  • E3 Strategic Management

    Aim of the syllabus
    E3 builds on the insights gained from E1 and E2 about how organisations effectively implement their strategies by aligning their structures, people, process, projects and relationships. E3 aims to develop the skills and abilities of the strategic leaders of organisations, enabling them to create the vision and direction for the growth and long-term sustainable success of the organisation. This involves successfully managing and leading change within the process of strategy formulation and implementation.
    Topics covered

    Topics covered

    You’ll develop your skills and abilities to become an effective leader, so you’re able to both formulate strategy and to create the conditions for successful strategy implementation.

    Course content:

    • Strategy process
    • Organisational ecosystem
    • Strategic options
    • Strategic choices
    • Strategic control
    • Digital strategy
    What's different on the 2019 syllabus?
    Exam information
    • Dates:
       The Professional qualification is made up of two types of computer-based assessments:
      • 90 minute objective tests for each of the three subjects within each level - these are on demand and can be taken all year
      • A three hour case study exam when you have completed all objective tests and want to progress to the next level - these are available in four windows a year. Exams are available for five days from Tuesday to Saturday. View the current exam timetable.
    • Scheduling:
       Objective tests are available all year. We recommend that you schedule an exam at least 2 weeks in advance.
    • 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.
    • Duration:
       Objective tests are 90 minutes. Case study exams are 3 hours
    • Exam requirements:
       You must pass (or be exempt from) all three objective tests at a level before you can move onto the case study exam. When you have passed the case study exam you can move onto the next level and start the objective tests for that level. The Strategic Level case study exam is the last exam that you will take.
    • Pass marks:
       For information on pass marks for objective tests and case studies, please visit www.cimaglobal.com/results.
    • More information:
       Visit the CIMA exam preparation page.
    Do I have exemptions?

    Students who have passed the Gateway Assessment will be exempt from the Certificate, Operational and Management levels and can move directly to the Strategic level. They will therefore be exempt from the Management Integrated Case Study. If students are part way through level then they will need to sit the new Objective Test for the papers yet to pass and the Management Integrated Case Study before proceeding to the Strategic Level.

    If students have passed all three Strategic papers (E3, P3 and F3) under the 2010 syllabus then they can move onto the new Strategic Integrated Case Study, however if part way through the level then they will need to sit the new Objective Test for the papers yet to be sat and the Integrated Case study for that level. Students who have completed the Professional Competence Level Paper T4 – Part B (2010 syllabus or equivalent), will be give credit in the Strategic Case Study Exam. For more details please visit: www.cimaglobal.com/exemptions.

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  • P3 Risk Management

    Aim of the syllabus
    P3 shows how to identify, evaluate and manage various risks that could adversely affect the implementation of the organisation’s strategy. It provides the competencies required to analyse, evaluate and apply the techniques, processes and internal control systems required to manage risk. The insight is then used to manage the risk associated with cash flows and capital investment decisions – two important areas of organisational life for which the finance function is responsible.
    Topics covered

    Topics covered

    You’ll learn how to specify and manage risks that could affect a company’s strategies. You’ll gain the skills to apply techniques used in risk management and understand how the oversight of risks is critical to the governance of the organisation.

    Course content:

    • Enterprise risk
    • Strategic risk
    • Internal controls
    • Cyber security risks
    What's different on the 2019 syllabus?

    Around 40-50% of the syllabus is new, introducing cyber security and more on strategic risk. Financial risk management moves to F3, with management control systems being removed from the syllabus.

    Syllabus areas

    • Enterprise risk
    • Strategic risk
    • Internal controls
    • NEW Cyber risks
    Exam information
    • Dates:
       The Professional qualification is made up of two types of computer-based assessments:
      • 90 minute objective tests for each of the three subjects within each level - these are on demand and can be taken all year
      • A three hour case study exam when you have completed all objective tests and want to progress to the next level - these are available in four windows a year. Exams are available for five days from Tuesday to Saturday. View the current exam timetable.
    • Scheduling:
       Objective tests are available all year. We recommend that you schedule an exam at least 2 weeks in advance.
    • 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.
    • Duration:
       Objective tests are 90 minutes. Case study exams are 3 hours
    • Exam requirements:
       You must pass (or be exempt from) all three objective tests at a level before you can move onto the case study exam. When you have passed the case study exam you can move onto the next level and start the objective tests for that level. The Strategic Level case study exam is the last exam that you will take.
    • Pass marks:
       For information on pass marks for objective tests and case studies, please visit www.cimaglobal.com/results.
    • More information:
       Visit the CIMA exam preparation page.
    Do I have exemptions?

    Students who have passed the Gateway Assessment will be exempt from the Certificate, Operational and Management levels and can move directly to the Strategic level. They will therefore be exempt from the Management Integrated Case Study. If students are part way through level then they will need to sit the new Objective Test for the papers yet to pass and the Management Integrated Case Study before proceeding to the Strategic Level.

    If students have passed all three Strategic papers (E3, P3 and F3) under the 2010 syllabus then they can move onto the new Strategic Integrated Case Study, however if part way through the level then they will need to sit the new Objective Test for the papers yet to be sat and the Integrated Case study for that level. Students who have completed the Professional Competence Level Paper T4 – Part B (2010 syllabus or equivalent), will be give credit in the Strategic Case Study Exam.For more details please visit: cimaglobal.com/exemptions.

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    2019 syllabus

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  • F3 Financial Strategy

    Aim of the syllabus
    F3 focuses on the formulation and implementation of financial strategy to support the overall strategy of the organisation. Using insights gained from F1 and F2, it provides the competencies to evaluate the financial requirements of organisations and the relative merits of alternative sources of finance to meet these requirements. Finally the valuation of corporate entities for mergers, acquisitions and divestments.
    Topics covered

    Topics covered

    You’ll gain an understanding of the different strategic financial objectives and policy options that are open to organisations and the factors that influence them. You’ll learn about the capital structure of a firm and sources long term funds, how to value investment opportunities, including the assessment of corporate entities for mergers, acquisitions and divestments and how to evaluate and manage financial risks.

    Course content:

    • Financial policy decisions
    • Sources of long term funds
    • Financial risks
    • Business Valuations
    What's different on the 2019 syllabus?
    Exam information
    • Dates:
       The Professional qualification is made up of two types of computer-based assessments:
      • 90 minute objective tests for each of the three subjects within each level - these are on demand and can be taken all year
      • A three hour case study exam when you have completed all objective tests and want to progress to the next level - these are available in four windows a year. Exams are available for five days from Tuesday to Saturday. View the current exam timetable.
    • Scheduling:
       Objective tests are available all year. We recommend that you schedule an exam at least 2 weeks in advance.
    • 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.
    • Duration:
       Objective tests are 90 minutes. Case study exams are 3 hours
    • Exam requirements:
       You must pass (or be exempt from) all three objective tests at a level before you can move onto the case study exam. When you have passed the case study exam you can move onto the next level and start the objective tests for that level. The Strategic Level case study exam is the last exam that you will take.
    • Pass marks:
       For information on pass marks for objective tests and case studies, please visit www.cimaglobal.com/results.
    • More information:
       Visit the CIMA exam preparation page.
    Do I have exemptions?

    Students who have passed the Gateway Assessment will be exempt from the Certificate, Operational and Management levels and can move directly to the Strategic level. They will therefore be exempt from the Management Integrated Case Study. If students are part way through level then they will need to sit the new Objective Test for the papers yet to pass and the Management Integrated Case Study before proceeding to the Strategic Level. 

    If students have passed all three Strategic papers (E3, P3 and F3) under the 2010 syllabus then they can move onto the new Strategic Integrated Case Study, however if part way through the level then they will need to sit the new Objective Test for the papers yet to be sat and the Integrated Case study for that level. Students who have completed the Professional Competence Level Paper T4 – Part B (2010 syllabus or equivalent), will be give credit in the Strategic Case Study Exam.For more details please visit: cimaglobal.com/exemptions.

    syllabus

    2019 syllabus

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  • CS Case Study

    Aim of the syllabus

    In an increasingly digital world, rapid changes in technology are creating challenges for the business models of organisations. It is also making it difficult for business leaders and employees to create and preserve sustainable value. Against this digital backdrop, it is imperative that finance professionals possess relevant technical skills, a sound understanding of their organisation, as well as the ability to influence and lead people. This will make them capable of providing the insight their organisations need to craft and successfully execute their strategies.

    The 2019 syllabus continues to bridge the skills gap of newly qualified finance professionals worldwide, meeting the employability needs of both business and people. In designing the syllabus, we set out to enhance the relevance of the syllabus to employers; ensure the rigour of the related examinations and align the learning experience of candidates to the real world.

    Topics covered

     

    The case study is designed to bring together the knowledge learnt at the objective test levels. The case study exam is tested using core syllabus areas designed to reflect the daily tasks expected of a finance professional at the relevant exam level.

    The Strategic level focuses on long term strategic decision making. Candidates will be able to support organisational leaders to craft strategy; evaluate and manage risks that might prevent organisations from successfully implementing strategy; value organisations; and source financial resources required to implementation of strategy.

    At the Strategic level, the role simulated is that of the senior finance manager. The Case Study Examination provides a simulated context which allows learners to demonstrate that they have acquired the required knowledge, skills, techniques and mindset for that role.

    For further details please follow the examination blueprints. Link here

    Please note that in order to sit the case study exam, you will need to have passed all of the objective test papers at the relevant level.  

    What's different on the 2019 syllabus?

    In 2019 CIMA changed their syllabus including topics on how the digital world affects finance seen through the introduction of digital costing and digital strategy. Exciting areas such as integrated reporting, have been expanded to reflect their growing prominence. For full details on these changes and what it means for you please follow the link below.

    CIMA 2019 Syllabus

    Exam information

    From February 2020 the exam window will run from Wednesday to Friday in the week of the relevant level. Please follow this link for more details as well as CIMA’s entry deadlines. 

    CIMA Exam Timetable

    Do I have exemptions?

    If you have sat exams that you feel may give you exemptions from the case study please check with CIMA. Full details can be found in the link below.

    CIMA Exemptions

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  • Introduction to online learning

    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.

CIMA Aptitude - scored end of unit test that replicates exam conditions

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

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You will have access to a webinar recorded by 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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