Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional Scheme

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 CIMA course is for you.

Please note that our CIMA course will close from November 2018. Tuition for the P1, P2 and F3 Objective Test exams will be available from w/c 21st May 2018 as detailed in our 2017/18 professional accounting brochure, subject to sufficient student demand. Further, tuition for Operational, Management and Strategic Case Study exams will be available between September – November 2018, again subject to sufficient student demand. For more details, please contact Rhian Gosling, CIMA Course Leader.

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.

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 Professional Accounting and Finance course information brochure provides further details on part-time fees, timetables and the next available entry points.



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.

We offer flexible afternoon and evening tuition for the professional qualification. Entry is in October, January and March for Objective Test tuition. Entry is in September for November integrated case study exams. Our Professional Accounting and Finance course information brochure has more information.

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.


Our Accounting teaching team includes 14 qualified accountants and a qualified solicitor, who have significant industry and accounting practice experience, as well as significant experience of teaching professional accountancy qualifications. Question practice reinforces technical knowledge and exam technique each and every week on all of our programmes. The learning environment here is friendly and supportive, and we are able to offer an exceptional level of pastoral support.

Jared Davies - Academic Manager
Rhian Gosling, Course leader


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Certificate in Business Accounting

  • Degree in business or accounting will usually be accepted by CIMA as equivalent to the Certificate in Business Accounting
  • The AAT Qualification provides exemptions from the Certificate in Business Accounting

 Please check CIMA Global for exemptions and upload evidence of these with your application.


Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.

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 MBA or EMBA taught at the University.

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.