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CIMA Gateway

If you have an MBA or Masters in Accountancy, the CIMA Gateway allows you to progress straight to the Strategic Level of the CIMA Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the Management Level Case Study exam (the Gateway exam).

Gateway students are exempt from all Certificate and Operational subjects and all Management level Objective Test exams. You start at Management Case Study. After this you will then move onto standard Strategic level courses.

1. Structure and syllabus

The Gateway course follows the same structure as our standard Management case study course with an additional Live Online session before the main course starts.

This will introduce:

  • The Case Study
  • The style of the exam

And will underpin the knowledge you already have.

Case Study is examined 4 times per year and each exam session is based on a new pre-seen which is released by CIMA six weeks before the exam.

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2. Study methods

CIMA Gateway is only available via Live Online, and starts 1-2 months earlier than the standard case study course, to provide the opportunity to identify any knowledge gaps you may have, and allow you the additional time to study any technical areas.

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Live interactive online classes at a set time, which you can watch from anywhere.

  • Live lectures delivered online by a tutor
  • Full weekday, weekend, afternoon or evening classes available
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
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3. Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards an assessment

In the Management Case Study, you’ll work through a real life scenario, where your ‘role’ will be a Finance Manager. Management Case Study exams are 3 hours long, are computer-based, and available to take in four windows throughout the year (February, May, August, November), at a Kaplan centre or Pearson VUE assessment centre. They are marked by a human, and results are available 5 weeks after the close of the exam window. They will test your research and analysis skills, how you present information, and your persuasion and communication skills.

How long does it take to pass?

It takes three months to complete the Gateway course, from the introductory session to the Case Study exam.

4. Study materials and delivery costs

All students will receive:

  • Official CIMA Management Case Study text
  • Familiarisation and practice workbook
  • Technical recap summaries - revision notes
  • Technical recap videos - working through the summaries, helping you get up to speed with the assumed knowledge you’ll need.

Delivery costs


How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:

UK and NI - £7 for the first package, £7 for subsequent packages
EU - £35 for the first package, £30 for subsequent packages
Rest of the World - £50 for the first package, £50 for subsequent packages

Please note that due to varying interpretations of the post-Brexit EU/UK trading agreement, some EU countries are imposing import duty on the value of the goods received from the UK. It is payable by the end consumer via the delivery company and your delivery may be withheld until paid. This may vary from country to country and be up to a value of 20% of the value of the study material.

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example CIMA P2 Advanced Management Accounting. If purchasing a course for more than one subject, the additional package charges will apply.

Delivery fees are capped at 3 x the cost, per single order. So, if you buy 5 courses for UK delivery in a single order, it will be £7 x 3, rather than £7 x 5.

Our standard delivery times for Live Online, OnDemand, Online and Distance Learning are:

  • UK – 3 to 5 working days
  • EU – 5 to 7 working days
  • Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days subject to availability.

Our standard delivery deadline for UK classroom courses is one week prior to the first course date.

Delivery charges apply to Classroom, Distance Learning, OnDemand, Online and Live Online courses which include printed materials. If delivery charges are applicable for your course, they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

5. MyKaplan: online learning environment

MyKaplan is your online learning portal where you can access all of your online learning and testing resources, including online versions of your study materials. Accessible from your computer, tablet or via the dedicated mobile app, it’s the one stop shop for everything you need with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

Online features

  • View your detailed study programme and online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat. You can also email or request a callback
  • Technical recap videos - working through the summaries, helping you get up to speed with the assumed knowledge you’ll need.
  • Track your performance by topic and easily identify where you need to improve; you can even compare yourself with others in your class
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • Online copies of the E2, P2 and F2 Objective Test Study Texts
  • Use the mobile app to study on the move and access your study materials offline

Access duration

You can access your content for six months after the selected exam sitting.

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6. Tutor support

We'll support you every step of the way throughout your CIMA learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • Live chat (instant response via online messenger system)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion forum (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Request a callback so you can speak to a tutor (we’ll arrange a call with you within 24 hours). Please note request a callback is not available to overseas students.

Academic Support opening times

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 1pm

7. Testing and mocks

  • Can You Remember tests

    Underpinning knowledge you should have retained.
  • Past case mock

    You can get a feel for the style of the exam early in the course. We can mark it if you'd like to know how you are doing.
  • 3 mock exams based on the live case

    All marked with personalised feedback.
  • Recorded debrief of all 3 mocks

    To help you understand the approach you should have taken and some common mistakes that were made.

8. Pricing structure

Course price is £1,359 (inc. VAT)

Funding options

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Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you're already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You'll need to speak to them to see if you're eligible and whether they would be willing to fund the cost.

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