Planning your CIMA studies

CIMA is an incredibly flexible qualification to progress through – you can set your own schedule for 13 of the 16 papers. We want to make your studies as easy as possible, so we have provided a bit of guidance below that sets out a CIMA study plan.

CIMA studies

Planning your CIMA studies

CIMA is an incredibly flexible qualification to progress through – you can set your own schedule for 13 of the 16 papers. We want to make your studies as easy as possible, so we have provided a bit of guidance below that sets out a CIMA study plan.

You can use this as a base for you to create your own study plan for how you will progress through your CIMA studies towards qualification. CIMA is made up of four levels and we have provided some information for each of the levels below:

Certificate level
The Certificate level is made up of four papers. The papers at this level can be sat at any time (the exams are “on-demand”) and in any order – you don’t have to complete them in order they are numbered.

The most common approach for students at this level is to take these papers one at a time.

At Certificate level, each paper will require between 35 – 50 hours of study (this would include attending tuition sessions if you study via a Classroom or Online Live course) and, as such, many students find that planning to study each paper over 6-8 weeks is a reasonable target.

On this basis, many students complete the Certificate level over 6-9 months which allows for plenty of time to study and also a few well-earned breaks:

Operational, Management and Strategic levels:
The following three levels each contain four papers. Each level contains three Objective Test (OT) papers (each linked to a specific pillar e.g. E1) and an Integrated case study.

The OT papers can be sat at any time and can be completed in any order; however, you must have completed all of the OT papers within a given level before you can sit the case study exam. The Case study exam can be sat at one of four sittings a year (Feb, May, Aug, Nov). Many students find it helpful to identify when they would like to sit the case study for the level they are studying and then work backwards from there to create their study plan.

Each OT paper will take between 45 – 60 hours study (this would include attending tuition sessions if you study via a classroom or Online Live course) and so people tend to take 8-10 weeks to complete each OT paper.

With that in mind, many students find that completing a level within 9 – 12 months is a sensible time frame to aim for – this allows for steady progression whilst also being able to balance your other commitments.

We have created a high level timeline below that looks at how a student starting their Operational level in January and working towards the November Case Study sitting may plan their studies:

 

Once you have a plan, you can get started with your studies. With Online, Online Live and Classroom courses we will always have a course available.

If you are ready to get going with your CIMA studies, you can see our course dates here.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss your options with our expert team, please contact us below to request a call back. We’d love to hear from you!



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