CIMA Certificate BA2
Fundamentals of Management Accounting

This subject deals with the fundamental knowledge and techniques that underpin management accounting.

It identifies the position of the management accountant within organisations and the role of CIMA.

The subject portrays the role of management accounting in the contexts of commercial and public sector bodies and its wider role in society.

  • The identification and classification of costs and their behaviour provides the basis for understanding and applying the tools and techniques needed to plan, control and make decisions.
  • Budgetary control requires the setting of targets and standards which then allow the performance of organisations to be reported and analysed by the calculation of variances.
  • Investment appraisal, break-even analysis and profit maximisation are used to inform both long and short term decision making.

Syllabus structure

The syllabus comprises the following topics and weightings:

  • A. The Context of Management Accounting (10%)
  • B. Costing (25%)
  • C. Planning and Control (30%)
  • D. Decision Making (35%)

The Exams

Objective Test - Computer Based Exams
•    On demand computer based exams 
•    Multiple choice and objective questions
•    Pass mark is 50%
•    Duration 2 hours

Objective Tests are comprised of a range of items including short multiple choice questions, number entry questions, drag and drop questions and other formats. They test all component learning outcomes across the whole subject.

For further details of the syllabus, visit the CIMA website



Course Information

Each CIMA Certificate classroom course will comprise an integrated teaching and revision phase culminating in a timed mock exam. It will be offered as either an evening or a weekend course or a combination.

All course materials will be provided, including Textbook, Revision Kit, Passcards and Vale FT course notes.

Classroom Course
  • Integrated Teaching and Revision: 5 days
  • Mock: invigilated & marked with feedback