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Our CIMA tutor writes: A nutshell guide to CIMA’s new syllabus

Our CIMA tutor writes: A nutshell guide to CIMA’s new syllabus

Starting in January 2015, CIMA move to a new syllabus. The three pillars (enterprise, performance and finance) remain as do the three levels (1 - operations, 2 – management and 3 – strategy) but a new case study testing the whole level E, F and P has been added at levels 1 and 2. This case study will need to be passed to move on to the next level.

In future the exams will be 90 minutes, computerised and taken on demand with instant results. The case studies will be 3 hours and human marked.

Transition arrangements are sketchy but my take is as follows:

  • any passes currently  held will be carried into the new syllabus
  • any passes achieved this year will be carried forwards into the new syllabus
  • if you clear a level before Jan 2015, you will move up to the next level without taking the case study
  • there looks like there may be one re-sit opportunity in Feb 2015 to still clear a level without taking the case study

The advice to students is basically to carry on as before but if you can clear the whole of level 1 or 2 in the November 2014

sitting, it would save you the extra case study. Many of our students are sitting E1 and P1 in May and will do F1 in November so are well positioned. Those who are doing just E1 or P1 in May 2014 are recommended to do the other two level 1’s in November. We will look to run all three level 1 courses for the November 2014 sitting to help with this.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our CIMA Lecturer, Martin Green, at martin.green@aplustraining.co.uk or call 01752 256610.

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