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CIMA Professional Management Level

What the syllabus update means for you

CIMA have updated their professional qualification and there will be some changes to the syllabus for exams in November 2019, but don’t worry, we can guide you through this year, and the options you have going forward. The main thing is to keep studying and aim to complete your level before the syllabus changes.


Ideally it’s best if you complete your current level before the syllabus changes, and we have the tools to help you succeed, including our award winning OnDemand learning.

Quick reminder - the last date for Objective Tests is 3rd November 2019, and the last sitting for Case Study under the 2015 syllabus is November 2019.

CIMA qualification update and syllabus change webinars

Watch and listen to recorded webinars led by Steve Flatman, VP Examinations - Management Accounting, CIMA and Rebecca Evans, Head of Product Management at Kaplan Financial for an overview of the new CIMA professional qualification, why it is changing and a summary of impact.

Choose from Professional Qualification Update, Advice following Operational Case Study results, and Advice following Management Case Study results.

Register now for recorded webinars

Where you’re up to, and our advice from June


If you’re... Next we suggest you do...
Sitting 1st Objective Test Option 1 - speed up and complete two Objective Tests (2015 syllabus) before attempting your case study in November.
Option 2 - 1 subject per quarter - Objective Test (2015 syllabus)
Sitting 2nd Objective Test Objective Test (final) and then Case Study to November
Sitting 3rd Objective Test Case Study to August
Sat Case Study to May (Q2) Sit Strategic E3

Differences between current and new Management syllabus

P2 - Advanced Management Accounting

Current Management syllabus

New content on digital transformation may be more difficult for some students than the topics they replace such as learning curves.

New Management syllabus

The new syllabus areas of digital technologies and digital transformation are more relevant to real world projects and may feel more closely aligned to what you are seeing at work.

E2 - Managing Performance

Current Management syllabus

New content on ecosystems and value management may seem trickier for some students than traditional strategy management that it replaces.

New Management syllabus

The new topics are more relevant to changes in the real world and may feel closely aligned to what you see and are doing at work.

F2 - Advanced Financial Reporting

Current Management syllabus

There are no assumed knowledge areas within F3 so it would have minimal impact on future studies whether F2 is sat under old or new syllabus.

New Management syllabus

There are no assumed knowledge areas within F3 so it would have minimal impact on future studies whether F2 is sat under old or new syllabus.

Further information

  • Advice if you’re starting your Management Level studies keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down
  • Advice if you are part way through Management Level keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down
  • Advice for the next step to Strategic Level keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down
Speed up your study - OnDemand

If you want to complete your course why not consider OnDemand learning. By combining it with Classroom or Live Online or studying completely via OnDemand you can fast track your studies. You can study at the speed you choose. There aren’t any scheduled sessions, either in a classroom or online, so you can study when it’s most convenient for you. You get everything you need in one go, ready for you to start learning straight away.

If you’re considering studying in the Classroom or Live Online, have a look at our timetables to see what courses are available, when, and get these booked in. To complete the level under the 2015 qualification you will need to sit the Case Study exam in the November 2019 sitting (there will be an opportunity to resit under the 2015 qualification in February 2020 using the November 2019 pre-seen, but first time attempts in February 2020 will have to move to the new qualification).

Completing your Objective Tests and entering for the Case Study exam

You will need to take and pass all of the Objective Tests at least 72 hours before the exam entry deadline for Case Study.

Remember our classroom and live online courses will start mid September. If you plan to sit Case Study in November we’d recommend you try to complete all Objective Test exams before the start of the Case Study courses.

Exam entry deadlines and exam dates

22nd July deadline: Exam dates - 13th - 17th August
21st October deadline: Exam dates - 12th - 16th November


You need to make sure that your Objective Tests have been sat by 3rd November. We recommend that you don’t leave the exam until the last minute just in case you need to sit it again. It’ll give you peace of mind to have a little extra time to pass should you need it.

If you want to talk to us about your next steps, please call Student Services on 0161 259 7400.

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