CIMA Business Accounting - Certificate (Online Learning)

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email for more information.

Duration: 18 Months

Venue: Distance Learning

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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Their mission is to help people and businesses to succeed in the public and private sectors.
Working across the globe with more than 227,000 members and students in 179 countries, CIMA members work at the heart of business in industry, commerce and not for profit organisations. They have strong relationships with employers and sponsor leading research.
CIMA constantly update their qualification, professional experience requirements and CPD programme. This ensures that their members and students are first choice for employers who are recruiting financially trained business leaders.

The Certificate in Business Accounting is CIMA’s entry level accounting qualification for students with little or no accounting background.

The certificate level provides you with business experience beyond just financial accounting and you’ll gain insight into how the different areas of accounting relate to the business world.
It can be seen as a knowledge refresher course or a foundation to a career in business and finance. The Certificate in Business Accounting forms the basis of the CIMA Professional Qualification and is a valuable qualification on its own.
You don’t need any formal qualifications to start this level. 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.

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CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting


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The certificate level consists of five subjects, each with its own examination. It forms the basis of the CIMA Professional Qualification.

The Certificate level exams can be completed in any order. Most students study one subject at a time.

You’ll achieve a solid understanding of basic accounting, management accounting and business principles. You’ll gain skills in preparing financial reports, forecasting performance and data analysis among many others.

C01: Fundamentals of Management Accounting:
In C01 you learn basic techniques to identify and control costs, cost management, how to prepare budget statements and how to make decisions using different analysis techniques.
You'll also learn about:
• Preparing integrated accounts in a costing environment
• Using break-even analysis in making short-term decisions and other basic approaches to decision making
• The role of management accountants in business
• The role of CIMA

C02: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting: CO2 teaches you the basic concepts of financial accounting, how accounting is impacted by different laws and standards.
You’ll also learn about:
• Preparing accounts for transactions
• Preparing financial statements
• Control techniques and how they’re used to correct accounting errors

C03: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics:
CO3 focuses on the mathematics associated with managing business.
You’ll learn about:
• Solving equations
• Calculating probability
• Summarising and analysing data
• Forecasting techniques, how to apply them and the use of spreadsheets to calculate and present data

C04: Fundamentals of Business Economics:
C04 looks at how competition, the behaviour of financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation.
You’ll learn about:
• The influence of market forces on prices
• The effects of government intervention in stabilising prices
• Why markets sometimes fail
• An overview of the financial system
• How markets and institutions enable commerce and development

C05: Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law:
C05 looks at the different law frameworks that affect all commercial activity including contract law, employment law, financing and management of companies.
You'll learn about:
• How corporate governance affects how organisations are run
• Contract law, the English legal system and how it compares with others around the world
• The importance of ethical behaviour, how ethical conflicts can arise and how they might be resolved


A Personal On-line Tutor who will guide and support you through your studies
Learner view is where you can access your course site, set targets, view tutor notes and access assessments grades.

You will have access to a course site which will contain all the necessary learning materials, tools, support and information required to enable you to successfully complete your course. This will include:
• Official study materials (Text, Exam Practice Kit and Revision Cards)
• Online testing, mid-module questions and end-of-unit assessments
• Access to (Online learning developed and written by CIMA)
• Revision support and mock exams

You will be assessed by computer based examinations at an official CIMA test centre.

After successful completion of the Certificate Level you can embark upon the professional qualification starting with the Operational Level.

The CIMA qualification widens students’ career options, inside and outside financial management, across the globe.

CIMA trained people work in exciting industries like fashion, sport, travel, media and publishing. Many CIMA members are in top jobs, becoming managing directors, chief executives and chairs.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to start this level. 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.

£ 1195

In addition to the course fee learners are required to pay for the CIMA admission, membership and assessment fees.

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Current CIMA fees;
Registration Fee (one-off payment) – from £75 including first year membership
Annual Membership Fee - £106
Assessment Fees – £53 each

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