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CIMA’s CGMA® Operational Level

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Overview

The Operational Level focuses on short-term decision-making. Once complete, you’ll be able to make decisive financial decisions, and work with your team effectively to transform projects into quick actionable and achievable plans using data and accounting technology. You also take a Case Study, which tests your overall knowledge of the level.

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Average duration

12 months

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Assessments

4 exams

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Kaplan pass rate*

27% higher than global average

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Award

CIMA Dip MA

*Versus the global average pass rate of 64%, across Case Study exams in all levels in 2023. Valid as of 2024.

Timetables

Programmes are running regularly throughout the year. View our timetables for scheduled Classroom and Live Online sessions to see when the next one is running.

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Who it’s for

Entry requirements

The first level of CIMA’s CGMA Professional Qualification. You’ll need to have completed Certificate in Business Accounting, AAT Level 4 Diploma, or have a relevant degree before beginning this level. Certain degrees may also grant exemptions from this level, you can check your recommended entry point with CIMA’s exemptions calculator.

After completing this level you can progress onto the Management level.

Learning outcomes from the course

The Operational Level focuses on short-term decision-making. You’ll be able to work with others in your organisation and use appropriate data and technology to translate medium-term decisions into short-term actionable plans.

Apprenticeships

You may be eligible to sit the exams and gain the CGMA designation as part of an apprenticeship, depending on your circumstances.

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Compulsory

Managing Finance in a Digital World (E1)

You’ll learn about the role of finance in organisations, the structure and shape of the finance function, how the finance function interacts with the organisation to create and preserve value, data usage by the finance function and the technology landscape and its impact on organisations and the finance function.

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  • Role of the finance function
  • Technology in a digital world
  • Data and information in a digital world
  • Shape and structure of the finance function
  • Finance interacting with the organisation

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Management Accounting (P1)

You’ll learn the importance of costs in the production, analysis and use of information for decision-making in companies. P1 covers short-term budgeting, and making short-term decisions on products and services, as well as digital issues in costing.

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  • Cost accounting systems
  • Budget and budgetary control
  • Short term decision making
  • Dealing with uncertainty in the short term

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Financial Reporting (F1)

You’ll learn about the regulation and preparation of financial statements, giving you the skills to produce basic financial statements for individuals. You’ll also learn about working capital and business tax.

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  • Regulatory Environment
  • Financial Statements
  • Principles of taxation
  • Managing Working Capital

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Integrated Case Study

You’ll be tested on your overall knowledge of E1, P1, and F1. Using the skills gained during the level, you’ll resolve issues that a management accountant may come across at work. The course includes resources designed to support the pre-seen the exam will be based on.

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Exams

CGMA® Operational Level

Computer Based Exams

Each of the three subjects are assessed by an Objective Test which can be taken in any order, at any time on demand. You will also sit one final case study exam that assesses the whole level and is based on a pre-seen.

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Case study exams are across a three day period, four times a year — February, May, August, and November, key dates and deadlines for Case Study exams can be found in CIMA's exam timetable.

The Case Study exam is based on a pre-seen that will be released approximately 7 weeks before the exam window. The pre-seen material is valid for two sittings, one pre-seen for May and August and another for November and February. This means that if you sit your exam in May or November and need to resit you can resit your exam using the same pre-seen in the August / February exam window which follows. If you sit your exam in August or February then your resit exam will be on a different pre-seen.

For more information about CIMA’s exams, visit the AICPA & CIMA website.

Courses

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Live Online from £1159
OnDemand from £849
Distance Learning from £399

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Expert material

Our courses include expert content, designed to help you pass your exams. You’ll get the only printed and digital study materials approved by CIMA, as well as marked mock exams and practice questions.

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Objective test course includes

  • Printed integrated workbook*

    A key resource for your studies, it guides you through the syllabus and details when to use your other study resources. Includes space to add handwritten notes.
  • Digital study text powered by BibliU

    CIMA’s official textbook with tools to revolutionise your learning - highlight, note-take and search in seconds.
  • eLearning modules

    Study modules* including bite-sized tutor-led lectures that take you through the whole syllabus. Application modules then deepen your knowledge and understanding of how topics fit together and how you might see them in a work environment.
  • Digital exam kit powered by BibliU

    Exam style questions and answers, exam techniques and our recommended revision approach.
  • Printed revision cards

    Pocket-sized, brief revision notes that highlight and prioritise the essential topics you need to understand to pass CIMA’s exams.
  • Testing and mocks

    Including an online question bank, knowledge checks to assess your understanding of a topic, consolidation test to enhance your understanding, and an exam standard progress test* to prepare you for revision. As well as 2 marked mock exams that simulate the real exam.
  • Personalised online study space

    MyKaplan is an online learning portal that allows you to access additional online materials, contact your tutors, and take part in discussion forums in one place. Learn more

We know learners regard our Integrated Workbooks* and Revision Cards as their most used resources, that’s why these are printed. Our Study Text and Exam Kit supplement studies and are provided as interactive digital resources via BibliU. Find out more

Case study course includes

  • Digital study text powered by BibliU

    CIMA’s official textbook with tools to revolutionise your learning.
  • Printed familiarisation and practice workbook

    An examination preparation tool, based on the live case study pre-seen, including ethical considerations, key issues, how to prioritise, and plan your answer. The workbook includes 10-12 case specific tasks including a familiarisation quiz and exercises.
  • Case analysis videos

    Watch a tutor walk you through the pre-seen, highlighting key facts, information and potentially examinable topics.
  • Technical recap videos and notes*

    Recordings and notes that will help you revise key syllabus areas from the underpinning subjects.
  • Exam guidance & mocks

    Information on how to approach the exams, a marking guide and 3 marked mocks that simulate the real exam (2 for Distance Learning courses). As well as recorded debriefs of all 3 mocks (1 for Distance Learning courses) to help you understand the approach you should have taken.
  • Personalised online study space

    MyKaplan is an online learning portal that allows you to access additional online materials, contact your tutors, and take part in discussion forums in one place. Learn more

We know learners regard our Workbook as their most used resource, that’s why this is printed. Our Study Text supplements your studies and is provided as an interactive digital resource via BibliU. Find out more

*Not included in Distance Learning.


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