Certificate in Business Accounting

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Certificate in Business Accounting

The Certificate in Business Accounting is your starting point if you’re new to accountancy. You’ll learn the fundamentals of business economics, financial accounting, management accounting, and ethical considerations of commercial activity. Most students take around 12 months to complete this qualification, which consists of four subjects, assessed by computer-based exams. Once completed, you could move on to study the Professional Qualification.

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Certificate in Business Accounting is made up of four mandatory subjects. You must pass all four subject assessments to be awarded the Certificate in Business Accounting qualification (Cert BA).

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but you are expected to have good mathematical and English skills.


You should check whether you're eligible on the AIPCA and CIMA website launch and apply for any exemptions before you start studying.


Please be aware, you can only buy up to four subjects in a six month period.


The Certificate in Business Accounting, gives you fundamental knowledge of business and accounting.

Fundamentals of Business Economics (BA1)


You’ll learn about the economic and operating context of business, and how competition, financial markets and government economic policy can affect a company.


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Fundamentals of Management Accounting (BA2)


You’ll learn the knowledge and techniques of management accounting and the role of management accounting in the commercial and public sector.


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Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (BA3)


You’ll learn how to prepare financial statements for single entities within a conceptual and regulatory framework.


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Fundamentals of Ethics Corp Gov and Bus Law (BA4)


You’ll learn how ethics underpins commercial activity. You’ll be able to identify ethical dilemmas, understand the implications, and appropriate resolution.


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Course overview

Timetables and study methods

Study methods available for this level

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The benefits of a traditional classroom but with the flexibility of an online environment. Live interactive classes at a scheduled time delivered by expert lecturers following the same exam focused material and structure as traditional classroom courses. 

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OnDemand gives you the flexibility to study when and where you want, with unique online resources designed to give you structure, keep you motivated, and cement your understanding of the subject.

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Exams and sittings

CIMA's Certificate in Business Accounting assessments are on demand objective tests which can be sat at any time throughout the year. You can sit these in any order but you must have completed all 4 assessments before you can move on to the Professional Qualification. The exams are 2 hours long and are computer based. At the end of the exam you will be given a provisional pass/fail result which will then be confirmed on your MY CIMA account within 48 hours.

Study materials and delivery costs

Your study materials, reimagined

Our Study Text and Exam Kit are now provided as interactive digital resources that will support you with your studies and feature tools designed to complement your learning. Not only will you be able to highlight, note-take and search in seconds, but complicated terms will be simply explained with a dictionary at your fingertips, these resources are accessible anywhere, anytime, and on any device through Bibliu.

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Our materials are CIMA's only official study materials that cover the full syllabus and are reviewed and approved by CIMA faculty, so you can be sure they include everything you need to know.

Digital Study Text powered by Bibliu

A fully interactive digital eBook textbook covering the full subject syllabus with worked examples and activities.

Integrated Workbook

A key resource for your studies, it guides you through the syllabus and details when to use your other study resources. Includes space to add handwritten notes.

Live Online courses: a printed version.

OnDemand courses: a standard digital PDF version.

Revision Cards

These are brief notes on the essential topics from the syllabus and being pocket sized, they are handy for taking out and about with you.

Live Online courses: a printed version.

OnDemand courses: a digital version.

Digital Exam Practice Kit powered by Bibliu

The interactive digital exam kit includes exam style questions and answers so you can test your knowledge.

Integrated study programme

Built into the course providing guidance on what to do, and when.

eLearning modules

Interactive tutor-led video modules that teach the whole syllabus and extend learning via tricky topic tutorials.

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You can buy CIMA's official books for each subject on this level.

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Delivery costs

How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:
Malaysia - RM60
Rest of Asia/America - $47
All other countries - €40

Please note that due to varying interpretations of the post-Brexit EU/UK trading agreement, some EU countries are imposing import duty on the value of the goods received from the UK. It is payable by the end consumer via the delivery company and your delivery may be withheld until paid. This may vary from country to country and be up to a value of 20% of the value of the study material.

Our standard delivery times are:
Malaysia - 3 to 5 working days*
EU – 5 to 7 working days*
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days*
*Subject to availability

Delivery charges apply to one-time buy Live Online courses, as they include a selection of printed materials. If delivery charges are applicable for your course, they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

Tutor support

We’ll support you every step of the way throughout your learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

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Testing and mocks

As part of your course you will get access to various tests and mocks on MyKaplan which will help you to prepare for your exams. These include:

Knowledge Checks

These tests are placed throughout your course to check your understanding of a topic before you move on to the next one.

Test Yourself

Use these banks of questions to build your own tests, choosing the subject areas, number of questions and whether to have a time limit.

Mock Exams

Your two mock exams which have the same look and feel as the real exam, will be at the end of your course so you can use these to do final revision and exam practice just before you sit your exam.

MyKaplan: online learning environment

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MyKaplan is an online learning portal with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

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  • View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat or email
  • Complete tests and get instant feedback
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for. All extensions are for existing content and do not include any updated content.

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Three months from last lesson date, with one three month free extension on request.


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