CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting – Fundamentals of Business Economics module BA1

Course code: EXP015

Take a step towards achieving a Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) from CIMA with this business economics module.

  • Study the macroeconomic and institutional context of business.
  • Develop your understanding of microeconomics and organisational context of business.
  • Learn more about the informational context of business.
  • Understand the financial context of business.
This course is only available to study online.
Course overview

This module forms part of the Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA), which is an introductory finance qualification by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – the world’s largest leading professional body of management accountants.

The Cert BA qualification is an ideal introduction to core business and finance skills for individuals with little or no previous accounting knowledge. With this qualification, students can work as an accounts assistant or in a management consultancy.

Successful completion of this Fundamentals of Business Economics module course will contribute towards achieving the Certificate in Business Accounting.

Course Duration

Varies depending on enrolment date

Course Outcome

You will receive a pass in the Fundamentals of Business Economics module



Course content
  • Factors that effect the level of a countries national income
  • The impact of changing economic growth rates and prices on business
  • Factors affecting a countries trade with the rest of the World
  • Economic goals of various stakeholders and organisations
  • Market forces
  • Economic and social considerations on the structure of an organisation and the regulation of markets
  • Techniques used to communicate business data as information to business stakeholders
  • Using business data and analytics for understanding the business context
  • Functions of the main financial markets
  • Financial mathematical techniques used in business decision-making
  • The impact of changes to interest and exchange rates when controlling and measuring business performance
Extra info


You will need to sit a computer-based exam at the end of the module in order to achieve a pass towards your overall qualification. Exams are not included in the cost of this module, and should be booked with CIMA.

Study Method

This course is offered on a distance learning basis, with access to required study materials and unlimited support from your personal tutor via email. Study at your own pace, wherever and whenever you choose.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this module successful learners will receive a pass in the Fundamentals of Business Economics module. This pass will count towards your overall Certificate in Business Accounting.

Students who complete all four modules (this module, plus Fundamentals of Management Accounting, Fundamentals of Financial Accounting and Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law) will achieve the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert. BA).

Awarding Body

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest leading professional body of management accountants, with the most useful accounting qualification for a career in business.


There may be exemptions depending on what qualifications you already have. 

To find out if you are eligible to claim for an exemption use the CIMA exemptions website.

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Exams are not included in the cost of this course. You will need to book and pay for your exams directly with CIMA.

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