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What you will study?

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

Fundamentals of Business Economics

In the first subject of the Cert BA, you’ll focus on the economic and operating context of business and learn how factors like competition, the behaviour of financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation. You’ll also learn about the information available to assist management in evaluating and forecasting the behaviour of consumers, markets and the economy in general.

You’ll 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.

 

Syllabus at a glance

A. Macroeconomic and Institutional Context of Business (25%)

B. Microeconomics and Organisational Context of Business (30%)

C. Informational Context of Business (20%)

D. Financial Context of Business (25%)

Assessment: Objective Test

  • Format: Computer Based
  • Availability: Online and on-demand from the comfort of your own home or office or at any of the 5,500 Pearson VUE centres around the world.
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Questions: 60 objective test questions
  • Marking: Computer marked
  • Results: Provisional result available immediately followed by confirmation no more than 48 hours later
BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting

Fundamentals of Management Accounting

Here, you’ll develop fundamental knowledge and techniques that underpin management accounting. You’ll learn about the position of the management accountant within organisations and the role of CIMA, as well as the role of management accounting in the contexts of commercial and public sector bodies and its wider role in society.

 

Syllabus at a glance

A. The Context of Management Accounting (10%)

B. Costing (25%)

C. Planning and Control (30%)

D. Decision Making (35%)

Assessment: Objective Test

  • Format: Computer Based
  • Availability: Online and on-demand from the comfort of your own home or office or at any of the 5,500 Pearson VUE centres around the world.
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Questions: 60 objective test questions
  • Marking: Computer marked
  • Results: Provisional result available immediately followed by confirmation no more than 48 hours later
BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

In the third Cert BA subject, you’ll gain 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, so you’ll get an understanding of the role of legislation and of accounting standards. 

You’ll also cover the need to understand and apply necessary controls for accounting systems, as well as the nature of errors. You’ll also get an introduction to measuring financial performance with the calculation of basic ratios.

 

Syllabus at a glance

A. Accounting Principles, Concepts and Regulations (10%)
B. Recording Accounting Transactions (50%)

C. Preparation of Accounts for Single Entities (30%)

D. Analysis of Financial Statements (10%)

 

 

Assessment: Objective Test

  • Format: Computer Based
  • Availability: Online and on-demand from the comfort of your own home or office or at any of the 5,500 Pearson VUE centres around the world.
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Questions: 60 objective test questions
  • Marking: Computer marked
  • Results: Provisional result available immediately followed by confirmation no more than 48 hours later
BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

In the fourth and final Cert BA subject, you’ll get an understanding of the professional standards that need to be demonstrated for the benefit of all stakeholders, including why the concept of ethics and ethical conflict is an essential underpinning for commercial activity. 

You’ll cover the role of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and audit, as well as their increasing impact in the management of organisations. 

You’ll also learn that wherever business is conducted, the legal and administrative framework underpins commercial activity. You’ll learn about the areas of contract law, employment law, administration and management of companies.

 

Syllabus at a glance:

A. Business Ethics and Ethical Conflict (30%)

B. Corporate Governance, Controls and Corporate Social Responsibility (45%)

C. General Principles of the Legal System, Contract and Employment Law (15%)

D. Company Administration (10%)
 

 

Assessment: Objective Test

  • Format: Computer Based
  • Availability: Online and on-demand from the comfort of your own home or office or at any of the 5,500 Pearson VUE centres around the world.
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Questions: 60 objective test questions
  • Marking: Computer marked
  • Results: Provisional result available immediately followed by confirmation no more than 48 hours later
What study methods can I use?

What study methods can I use?

Tuition provider courses

If you like to learn with others, appreciate the support of having a tutor on-hand and benefit from the structure of formal study, look at signing up with a tuition provider. You’ll find online-only courses, classroom, and a mixture of both. 

Distance learning

Want to study in your own time, on your own terms? Choose when and where you study with CIMAstudy.com – the only online learning resource reviewed and approved by CIMA, delivered in partnership with Kaplan.

Independent study

Study by yourself with official CIMA endorsed study texts, exam practice kits and revision cards. Your only cost will be the texts, materials and exam fees. 

Can’t decide?

Use our Study Planner to help you decide the right study method for you. You can browse all CIMA approved study products, resources and courses in one place.

What you’ll pay to study the Cert BA

1. Registration
 

All new students pay a one-off registration fee of £77.

Re-registration, applicable if your CIMA membership has lapsed and you want to join again, is £77.

 

2. Annual Subscription
 

Your first year’s subscription is included in your registration fee.

Your annual student subscription gives you access to things like the Future Mindset pack, the CIMA Study Planner, FM magazine and a listing in the CIMA student directory.

You’ll need an active student subscription to be able to sit your exams and submit your practical experience requirements (PER) which you need to pay every year (after your first year) on 1 January.

 

3. Cost of Exams 
 

You’ll need to pay for each of the four exams you sit as part of the Cert BA. Take a look at the breakdown of the fees below. 

 

CIMA Certificate in Business Administration 

Per Objective test£95
Total for 4x objective tests £380

 

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