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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

The Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) 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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Structure

CIMA 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.


Entry requirements

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

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

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

Syllabus

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA), gives you fundamental knowledge of business and accounting.

Course overview

Timetables and study methods

Study methods available for this level

Live Online

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.

picture_as_pdf Live Online timetable

Try CIMA Objective Test for FREE

Try CIMA Case Study for FREE

OnDemand

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.

Try FREE 5 day trial

Exams and sittings

CIMA Professional Operational is made up of three Objective Test subjects and one Case Study. You must pass all three Objective Tests before moving onto the Case Study, which tests what you’ve learned overall in the level. You need to pass all exams to be able to progress to the Management level.

The Objective Tests are computer-based and are 90 minutes each. The exams can be sat at any time of the year, and can be taken in any order. All exams are marked by computer. 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.

The Case Study exam is 3 hours long, is computer-based, and available to take in four windows throughout the year (February, May, August, November). The exam is based on a pre-seen that will be released approximately 7 weeks before the exam window. From May 2020 the pre-seen will be valid for two sittings, one pre-seen for May and August and another for November and February. It is marked by a human, and results are available 5 weeks after the close of the exam window. It will test your research and analysis skills, how you present information, and your persuasion and communication skills.

Study materials and delivery costs

All students will receive printed and online materials. We are the only official CIMA publisher so you can be sure that our materials include everything you need to know.

The following material is included with the Objective Test courses:

Study Text

Our Study Text covers the full syllabus and includes examples and activities.

Integrated Workbook

Is a condensed version of the Study Text, with room to write notes it will help guide you through the syllabus.

Application modules

These modules help you to deepen your knowledge of key topics, see how what you have studied can fit together and how it could be applied to practical scenarios.

Study modules

Engaging, online modules including bite-sized tutor led lectures taking you step by step through the whole syllabus.

Study programme

Outlines the course structure, providing support on what to do and when to do it.

For Live Online your study programme is accessed on MyKaplan and is integrated into your course.

For OnDemand, you can choose one of three study durations so you can study at your own pace. Once you have chosen which option you would like, you will get access to a printable study programme.

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.

Exam Practice Kit

Includes exam style questions and answers so you can test your knowledge.

The following material is included with the Case Study courses:

Study Text

The official CIMA textbook covers how to prepare for your integrated case study exam, including worked examples and activities.

Familiarisation and Practice Workbook

A tool you can use to prepare for your exams, based on the case study. It includes ethical considerations, key issues, and how to prioritise and plan your answer. The workbook includes 10-12 case specific tasks including a familiarisation quiz and exercises. You can download it and print it out.

Case analysis video

Via video, a tutor will walk you through the pre-seen material on the live case study. They will highlight the key points and potential examinable topics.

Technical recap modules and notes

Recordings and notes that will help you to recap the key syllabus areas from the underpinning subjects. They will also introduce you to ways that they could be examined in the Case Study exam.

To buy the materials separately

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

Buy CIMA books

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 all OnDemand and Live Online courses which include 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):

  • LiveChat (instant feedback)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion Forum and online community (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)

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.

For the Objective Test, all study options come with the following:

Knowledge checks

As you go along, knowledge checks help assess your understanding of a topic before you move onto the next one.

Consolidation test

Each course has a consolidation test approximately two thirds of the way through the knowledge/application phase. It has the same look and feel as the real exam but is a little shorter, with 40 questions. It'll test how you are doing and allow you to identify and address problem areas early on in the course so they don't become 'big problems'.

Progress test

Check your understanding with this exam standard test. It has the same look and feel as the real exam so is a great start to your revision. It will help pinpoint your weaker areas to help you focus your exam preparation on the topics that need most attention.

Test yourself

An online question bank made up of hundreds of questions, so you can build your own tests to target weak areas, or to check your overall knowledge.

Two mock exams

Practice your exam technique and check your progress with two mock exams. The mocks have the same look and feel as the actual exam.

Case Study

The Case Study is a difficult exam, testing your overall knowledge across the level. You are tested with a written exam, based on a business scenario. We support you with resources that match the feel of the real Case Study:

3 mock exams based on the live case

All marked with personalised feedback.

Recorded debrief of all 3 mocks

To help you understand the approach you should have taken and some common mistakes that were made.

MyKaplan: online learning environment

play_circle_filled Watch our video explaining MyKaplan (1:26)

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

Online features
  • 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 (Objective Tests)
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • See instantly when your assessments have been marked (Case Study)
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app
  • Access to VideoBank - hundreds of tutor-led videos to help you get the most out of your course.

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.

Live Online

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

OnDemand

As long as the subscription is active, content will be made available.

For the Case Study, access durations are all six months after the selected exam sitting.

Course overview

Timetables and study methods

Study methods available for this level

Live Online

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.

picture_as_pdf Live Online timetable

Try CIMA Objective Test for FREE

Try CIMA Case Study for FREE

OnDemand

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.

Try FREE 5 day trial

Exams and sittings

CIMA Professional Operational is made up of three Objective Test subjects and one Case Study. You must pass all three Objective Tests before moving onto the Case Study, which tests what you’ve learned overall in the level. You need to pass all exams to be able to progress to the Management level.

The Objective Tests are computer-based and are 90 minutes each. The exams can be sat at any time of the year, and can be taken in any order. All exams are marked by computer. 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.

The Case Study exam is 3 hours long, is computer-based, and available to take in four windows throughout the year (February, May, August, November). The exam is based on a pre-seen that will be released approximately 7 weeks before the exam window. From May 2020 the pre-seen will be valid for two sittings, one pre-seen for May and August and another for November and February. It is marked by a human, and results are available 5 weeks after the close of the exam window. It will test your research and analysis skills, how you present information, and your persuasion and communication skills.

Study materials and delivery costs

All students will receive printed and online materials. We are the only official CIMA publisher so you can be sure that our materials include everything you need to know.

The following material is included with the Objective Test courses:

Study Text

Our Study Text covers the full syllabus and includes examples and activities.

Integrated Workbook

Is a condensed version of the Study Text, with room to write notes it will help guide you through the syllabus.

Application modules

These modules help you to deepen your knowledge of key topics, see how what you have studied can fit together and how it could be applied to practical scenarios.

Study modules

Engaging, online modules including bite-sized tutor led lectures taking you step by step through the whole syllabus.

Study programme

Outlines the course structure, providing support on what to do and when to do it.

For Live Online your study programme is accessed on MyKaplan and is integrated into your course.

For OnDemand, you can choose one of three study durations so you can study at your own pace. Once you have chosen which option you would like, you will get access to a printable study programme.

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.

Exam Practice Kit

Includes exam style questions and answers so you can test your knowledge.

The following material is included with the Case Study courses:

Study Text

The official CIMA textbook covers how to prepare for your integrated case study exam, including worked examples and activities.

Familiarisation and Practice Workbook

A tool you can use to prepare for your exams, based on the case study. It includes ethical considerations, key issues, and how to prioritise and plan your answer. The workbook includes 10-12 case specific tasks including a familiarisation quiz and exercises. You can download it and print it out.

Case analysis video

Via video, a tutor will walk you through the pre-seen material on the live case study. They will highlight the key points and potential examinable topics.

Technical recap modules and notes

Recordings and notes that will help you to recap the key syllabus areas from the underpinning subjects. They will also introduce you to ways that they could be examined in the Case Study exam.

To buy the materials separately

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

Buy CIMA books

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 all OnDemand and Live Online courses which include 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):

  • LiveChat (instant feedback)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion Forum and online community (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)

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.

For the Objective Test, all study options come with the following:

Knowledge checks

As you go along, knowledge checks help assess your understanding of a topic before you move onto the next one.

Consolidation test

Each course has a consolidation test approximately two thirds of the way through the knowledge/application phase. It has the same look and feel as the real exam but is a little shorter, with 40 questions. It'll test how you are doing and allow you to identify and address problem areas early on in the course so they don't become 'big problems'.

Progress test

Check your understanding with this exam standard test. It has the same look and feel as the real exam so is a great start to your revision. It will help pinpoint your weaker areas to help you focus your exam preparation on the topics that need most attention.

Test yourself

An online question bank made up of hundreds of questions, so you can build your own tests to target weak areas, or to check your overall knowledge.

Two mock exams

Practice your exam technique and check your progress with two mock exams. The mocks have the same look and feel as the actual exam.

Case Study

The Case Study is a difficult exam, testing your overall knowledge across the level. You are tested with a written exam, based on a business scenario. We support you with resources that match the feel of the real Case Study:

3 mock exams based on the live case

All marked with personalised feedback.

Recorded debrief of all 3 mocks

To help you understand the approach you should have taken and some common mistakes that were made.

MyKaplan: online learning environment

play_circle_filled Watch our video explaining MyKaplan (1:26)

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

Online features
  • 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 (Objective Tests)
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • See instantly when your assessments have been marked (Case Study)
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app
  • Access to VideoBank - hundreds of tutor-led videos to help you get the most out of your course.

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.

Live Online

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

OnDemand

As long as the subscription is active, content will be made available.

For the Case Study, access durations are all six months after the selected exam sitting.