CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

The Certificate in Business Accounting is CIMA’s entry level accounting qualification for students with little or no accounting background. The certificate level provides business experience beyond just financial accounting and gives insight into how the different areas of accounting relate to the business world. It forms the basis of the CIMA Professional Qualification but is also a valuable qualification on its own.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to start this level, but you will need a good understanding of both English and Maths, and a passion to succeed in business. If you have any previous accounting experience you might be eligible for exemptions from subjects at this level.

For further details on exemptions, visit the CIMA website.

New syllabus (2017) from 17 January 2017

The syllabus is changing from January 2017 and consists of four subjects. These are examined by 2 hour computer-based assessments on-demand and can be taken at Reed Business School or at a Pearson VUE test centre.BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics

This subject focusses on the economic and operating context of business and how the factors of competition, the behaviour of financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation. It also deals with the information available to assist management in evaluating and forecasting the behaviour of consumers, markets and the economy in general.Students will gain 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.

For further details of the syllabus, visit the CIMA website

BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting

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. The subject portrays the role of management accounting in the contexts of commercial and public sector bodies and its wider role in society.The identification and classification of costs and their behaviour provides the basis for understanding and applying the tools and techniques needed to plan, control and make decisions. Budgetary control requires the setting of targets and standards which then allow the performance of organisations to be reported and analysed by the calculation of variances. Investment appraisal, break-even analysis and profit maximisation are used to inform both long and short term decision making.

For further details of the syllabus, visit the CIMA website

BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

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.These statements are prepared within a conceptual and regulatory framework requiring an understanding of the role of legislation and of accounting standards. The need to understand and apply necessary controls for accounting systems, and the nature of errors is also covered. There is an introduction to measuring financial performance with the calculation of basic ratios.

For further details of the syllabus, visit the CIMA website

BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

The learning outcomes in this subject reflect the professional standards to be demonstrated for the benefit of all stakeholders. With this in mind, the place of ethics and ethical conflict is an essential underpinning for commercial activity. 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.Wherever business is conducted the legal and administrative framework underpins commercial activity. With this in mind the areas of contract law, employment law, administration and management of companies is considered.

For further details of the syllabus, visit the CIMA website

Integrated Courses

We offer integrated teaching courses for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting subjects. Courses for each subject are scheduled over weekends and run for a duration between 4 – 6 days in total depending upon the subject. The courses are spread over approximately 4 weeks and the computer based exam is scheduled 2-3 weeks later. This allows for consolidation and question practice time. Our courses for the Certificate in Business Accounting are run over a 9 month rolling basis and subjects can be taken in any order.Our class numbers are small allowing for plenty of interaction between each student and the subject tutor. The structure of the course includes tuition on the key syllabus areas and plenty of question practice. Students are provided with guidance on the areas they need to cover as private study and are provided with the tutor’s email contact for assistance and support out of the classroom.

The following course materials are provided within the course fee:

  • Study text
  • Revision question bank
  • Revision cards
  • Course notes
  • Online access to practice mock exams

Students can attend on a residential or non-residential basis. Self service breakfast and lunch are provided to all students attending our courses at no extra charge.

Book on courses for more than 1 subject at the same time and we will give you a 25% discount on the tuition course fees.

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Residential Options

For students who wish to stay over night, we offer highly competitive rates on a full board basis – providing you with a study-bedroom and all meals on site. You don’t have to spend any time travelling to and from courses and can focus solely on your learning.Our accommodation rates compare very favourably to hotel costs enabling us to maximise the value of your spend on professional development.

The rooms come as either a shared room, a single room or our recently refurbished premium en-suite rooms.
The premium rooms come with en-suite as standard and with a range of single, double or king-sized beds. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment as we are limited in number!

Residential fees start from £48/night on a full board basis. Accommodation can be booked when enrolling on the course.

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Pearson VUE Exam Centre

The Business School is a Pearson VUE exam centre. If you wish to book your exam with us, please download our computer based exam (CBE) dates, complete and return a booking form to us. Please note places are subject to availability.

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