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CIMA Professional Operational 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.

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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.

If you sit a Case Study in November 2019, it will be on the 2015 syllabus - and if you need to resit, you can, on the 2015 syllabus, in February 2020.

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.

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 - Sit either Objective Test remaining, ideally F1 or P1
Sitting 2nd Objective Test Objective Test (final) (2015 syllabus) and then Case Study to November
Sitting 3rd Objective Test Case Study to August (2015 syllabus)
Sat Operational Case Study to May Q2) Management F2 or P2 (2015 syllabus)

Differences between current and new Operational syllabus

P1 - Management Accounting

Current Operational syllabus

There are no significant advantages of sitting under the old or new syllabus.

New Operational syllabus

There are no significant advantages of sitting under the old or new syllabus. Although on balance it could be argued that some of the new areas such as direct and indirect costs could be marginally easier than the existing topics of perfect information and risk attitudes.


E1 - Managing Finance in a Digital World

Current Operational syllabus

The 2015 syllabus has a greater focus on marketing and HR which most students find straightforward and have practical knowledge of these areas.

New Operational syllabus

The new syllabus has more focus on technology and the digital world, which you may find a little trickier as you may have less practical experience in this area.

The new syllabus will be built upon in your future studies so studying E1 under the 2019 syllabus will better prepare you for your future studies and avoid a significant knowledge gap.


F1 - Financial Reporting

Current Operational syllabus

The 2015 syllabus has a greater focus on marketing and HR which most students find straightforward and have practical knowledge of these areas.

New Operational syllabus

Completing F1 under the 2015 syllabus will make F2 seem easier as you will already have some knowledge of group accounts.

Group accounts has been moved to F2 so you may find the new F1 more straight forward.

Further information

  • Advice if you’re starting your Operational Level studies keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down
  • Advice if you are part way through Operational Level keyboard_arrow_up keyboard_arrow_down
  • Advice for the next step to Management 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.

Exam entry deadlines and exam dates

15th July deadline: Exam dates - 6th - 10th August
14th October deadline: Exam dates - 5th - 9th 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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