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CIMA Gateway

If you have an MBA or Masters in Accountancy, the CIMA Gateway allows you to progress straight to the Strategic Level of the CIMA Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the Management Level Case Study exam (the Gateway exam).

Gateway students are exempt from all Certificate and Operational subjects and all Management level Objective Test exams. You start at Management Case Study. After this you will then move onto standard Strategic level courses.

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The Gateway course follows the same structure as our standard Management case study course, with an additional Live Online session a couple of months before the main course starts.

The session will introduce:

  • The Case Study
  • The style of the exam

And will underpin the knowledge you already have. You will then have time to work through technical recap information to make sure you have all the knowledge needed to begin the Case Study course.

You will then join the standard Management Case Study course which will recap the underpinning topics and get you familiar with the case study for that exam sitting. You will also get the opportunity to attempt and submit 3 mock exams based on the live case.

Case Study is examined 4 times per year. Two pre-seen cases are released per year - this means that May and August have the same case study and November and February have the same case study. The pre-seen material is released by CIMA six weeks before the first exam sitting using that case.

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 CIMA website launch and apply for any exemptions before you start studying.


Gateway Case Study


If you have an MBA or Masters in Accountancy, the CIMA Gateway allows you to progress straight to the Strategic Level of the CIMA Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the Management Level Case Study exam.


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From US $ 80/month

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.

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Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards an assessment

In the Management Case Study, you’ll work through a real life scenario, where your 'role' will be a Finance Manager. Management Case Study exams are three hours long, are computer-based, and available to take in four windows throughout the year (February, May, August, November), at an external exam centre. They are marked by a human, and results are available five weeks after the close of the exam window. They will test your research and analysis skills, how you present information, and your persuasion and communication skills.

How long does it take to pass?

It takes three months to complete the Gateway course, from the introductory session to the Case Study exam.

Study materials and delivery costs

We are the only official CIMA publisher so you can trust our materials to get you through the course and give you everything you need. All students will receive printed and online materials.

  • Official CIMA Management Case Study text

    The official CIMA textbook covering Integrated Case Study Exam preparation with worked examples and activities.

  • Familiarisation and practice workbook

    An examination preparation tool, based on the live case study pre-seen, including ethical considerations, key issues, how to prioritise, and plan your answer. The workbook includes 10-12 case specific tasks including a familiarisation quiz and exercises.

  • Technical recap videos and notes

    Working through the notes, helping you get up to speed with the assumed knowledge you’ll need.

To buy the materials separately

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

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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

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

To make sure you are ready to take your exam, you have access to:

  • Three mock exams based on the live case
    All marked with personalised feedback.
  • Recorded debrief of all three mocks
    To help you understand the approach you should have taken and some common mistakes that were made.

MyKaplan: online learning environment

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

Online features
  • View your detailed study programme and online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat or email
  • Technical recap videos - working through the notes, helping you get up to speed with the assumed knowledge you’ll need
  • Track your performance by topic and easily identify where you need to improve; you can even compare yourself with others in your class
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • Online copies of the E2, P2 and F2 Objective Test Study Texts
  • Use the mobile app to study on the move and access your study materials offline
  • 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

Six months after the exam sitting, with one three month free extension on request.

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