CIMA Professional Qualification

CIMA Professional Qualification

The syllabus is split into three pillars and three levels, and comprises 12 exams: Nine Objective Tests, and three Case Study exams. Objective Tests are 90 minutes long, computer based and available on demand at Pearson VUE assessment centres. Reed Business School is a registered Pearson exam centre and students have the option of taking their exam at the Business School in familiar surroundings. Case Study exams are 3 hours long and available in four windows throughout the year, also computer-based and available at Pearson VUE assessment centres and at Reed Business School.

View the CIMA website  for more information about the syllabus

Operational Level

This is first level of the Professional Qualification and consists of three computer based Objective Tests and one Case Study exam.

The Operational level focuses on the short term and the implementation of decisions. Candidates will be able to work with others in the organisation and use appropriate data and technology to translate medium term decisions into short term actionable plans.

Students will learn how to:l focuses on the short term and the implementation of decisions. Students will be able to work with others in the organisation and use appropriate data and technology to translate medium-term decisions into short-term actionable plans.

After successfully completing this level, students will receive the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Dip MA).
The 3 subject areas are:

  • E1 Managing Finance in a Digital World
  • P1 Management Accounting
  • F1 Financial Reporting

Upon successful completion of the above OT exams, students will then need to sit the Operational Case Study.

The Case Study exam is essentially a virtual business role play. Therefore, students need to understand their role within the case study exam in order to produce a good answer, demonstrating knowledge and applying skills from across the syllabus.

For further information, please visit the CIMA website

Management Level

This is the second level of the Professional Qualification and consists of three computer based Objective Tests and one Case Study.

The Management level focuses on translating long term decisions into medium term plans. Candidates will be able to use data and relevant technology to manage organisational and individual performance, allocate resources to implement decisions; monitor and report implementation of decisions; as well as prepare and interpret financial statements to show performance

On completion, you receive the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Adv Dip MA).

The 3 subject areas are:

  • E2 Managing Performance
  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting
  • F2 Advanced Financial Reporting

Upon successful completion of the above OT exams, students will then need to sit the Management Case Study.

The Case Study exam is essentially a virtual business role play. Therefore, students need to understand their role within the case study exam in order to produce a good answer, demonstrating knowledge and applying skills from across the syllabus.

For further information, please visit the CIMA website

Strategic Level

This is the third level of the Professional Qualification and consists of three computer based Objective Tests and one Case Study exam.

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 implement of strategy.

On successful completion of the practical experience requirements, students will be admitted to associate membership and granted the associate chartered management accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations.

The 3 subject areas are:

  • E3 Strategic Management
  • P3 Risk Management
  • F3 Financial Strategy

Upon successful completion of the above OT exams, students will then need to sit the Strategic Case Study.

The Case Study exam is essentially a virtual business role play. Therefore, students need to understand their role within the case study exam in order to produce a good answer, demonstrating knowledge and applying skills from across the syllabus.

For further information, please visit the CIMA website

Objective Test Tuition Courses

Our face-to-face classroom based tuition courses provide students with the knowledge to help them pass their CIMA exams. We run short comprehensive tuition courses scheduled predominantly over weekend days. The courses cover the CIMA learning outcomes, providing structure and clear objectives to enable students to build the necessary subject knowledge required to secure a pass.

Our students have email access to the subject tutor and are provided with on-line access to recordings of our tutors de-briefing exam standard questions in a step by step informative way. Students also have access to exam standard on-line mock practice mock exams.

The following course materials are provided within the course fee:

  • Study text
  • Revision question bank
  • Revision cards
  • Course notes
  • Online access to tutor de-briefs, course materials and 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 a whole level at the same time and get a 15% discount on the tuition course fees. The discount will be applied retrospectively when the Case Study sitting has been selected and booked.

Reed Business School is a Pearson VUE exam centre and the CIMA exams can be taken at the Business School in familiar surroundings. See below for further details.


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Case Study Courses

Our face to face classroom courses for the Case Study subjects are run over 5 days and are scheduled within a short time frame before the exam week to ensure key knowledge remains fresh. These courses are designed to suit students who wish to submerge themselves in their studies and practice Case Study examinations equipping them with the necessary skills to tackle the Case Study style exams.

The tutor encourages students to develop an effective exam technique. This process allows students to dissect the scenarios and really understand the relevance of the issues raised within the context of the requirements.

Practice exam scripts, taken during the course, will be marked by the course tutor providing individual feedback on areas requiring improvement. This valuable resource enables students to learn from their weaker areas and put into practice the skills required to succeed in their Case Study exam.

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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 en-suite rooms are limited.

Residential fees start from £52.80/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 contact us for details of exam dates and 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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Hear from one of our previous students

Laura Todd won our competition to study the CIMA Strategic Case Study Course with us. Laura and her 8 fellow classmates achieved a class pass rate of 89%. Read the full interview with Laura



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