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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional Scheme - Operational

Course Description

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional course will allow you to progress and have considerable influence in your chosen field. Whether you aim to work in commerce, financial services, consultancy, government, the public sector or manufacturing, this course is for you.

The CIMA Professional Qualification allows you to become a chartered management accountant. You will be a professional who can shape and control the future of organisations. CIMA members are more than just accountants. On our course, you acquire a set of world class finance skills, including strategic thinking and risk and performance management skills. This is your passport to career success in a range of business and finance roles.

The University of South Wales is a CIMA Global Learning Premium Partner, the highest possible accreditation under CIMA’s quality assurance scheme for training providers. We have a fully implemented CIMA syllabus and an assessment regime, and have worked closely with CIMA to align our course.

We also work closely with the local CIMA member branch for the benefit of our students, and have hosted a number of CPD events in recent years. Tutors from the university have delivered lectures on sustainability accounting, performance management, risk management and Islamic banking and finance. In addition, we have significant experience of providing bespoke CPD to large, local organisations.

Our CIMA course is studied part-time, allowing students to combine their studies with full-time employment where they can build experience to satisfy CIMA’s practical experience requirements. For more information on CIMA, visit http://www.cimaglobal.com.

Accountancy at City Campus

At City Campus, we offer tuition for the qualifications of three of the major UK accountancy bodies (CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW) and have been successfully teaching for over 40 years. We are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, a CIMA Premium Learning Partner and an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

What you will study

CIMA Professional Qualification

Operational level:
Paper P1 Management Accounting
Paper E1 Organisational Management
Paper F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation
Operational Level Integrated Case Study

Management level:
Paper P2 Advanced Management Accounting
Paper E2 Project and Relationship Management
Paper F2 Advanced Financial Reporting
Management Level Integrated Case Study

Strategic level:
Paper P3 Risk Management
Paper E3 Strategic Management
Paper F3 Financial Strategy
Strategic Level Integrated Case Study

At each level all three papers must be passed before students can progress to the integrated case study. The integrated case study must be passed before progression to the next level.

Learning and teaching methods

We offer flexible afternoon and evening tuition for the professional qualification. Entry is in September and March for computer based exams in February and May.

You will study each subject in a workshop format. Question practice, progress tests and revision sessions will prepare you for the exams. We offer an exceptional level of student support, including individual face-to-face feedback during the academic year.

Our team of eleven qualified accountants have significant industry and accounting practice experience, as well as experience of teaching professional accountancy qualifications. A number of the team mark professional body exams, contribute to professional journals and online professional student forums, engage in quality control work for professional bodies, and are external examiners for other universities.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

CIMA students can progress into management consultancy and business analyst roles, as well as more traditional management accounting. Further career progression may see you moving on to finance director or chief executive roles.

You could also decide to study additional management qualifications such as the EMBA, MBA or the Professional Fast-track MSc Accounting and Finance taught at the University of South Wales.

Assessment methods

The professional qualification is assessed by computer based exams.

Each level of the qualification (operational, management, strategic) has two assessment points – a 90 minute computer based exam for each subject within that level, plus an integrated case study exam.

Visit the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional Scheme - Operational page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Degrees in business or accounting will usually be accepted by CIMA as equivalent to the certificate in business accounting and will allow exemptions from its papers; The AAT qualification provides exemptions from all certificate papers; There is a flexible entry policy at the certificate level, although English language competency is required

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