1Course Overview

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

Course code: EXP015

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The Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) 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.

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2Course Content

The Fundamentals of Business Economics module covers the following subjects:

  • Macroeconomic and institutional context of business (25%)
  • Microeconomics and organisational context of business (30%)
  • Informational context of business (20%)
  • Financial context of business (25%)
3Other Information

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 via the following link: https://www.cimaglobal.com/Studying/Exams/

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 Outcome

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 4 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).

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



Your Questions Answered

I've already got an accounting qualification - do I still have to complete all modules and exams?

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 link below:


What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Complete tuition stage video tutorials covering the entire syllabus
  • Complete practice stage video tutorials covering exam standard questions to ensure you are 100% ready for your exam
  • Focussed energisers and webinars to keep you on track for exam success
  • Learning reinforcement exercises for you to track how well you are doing
  • Exam simulation matching the ACCA format (both paper and CBE style)
  • Your own unique personalised study plan
  • Online learning platform
  • Personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

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

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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