CIMA Certificate BA4
Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

The learning outcomes in this subject reflect the professional standards to be demonstrated for the benefit of all stakeholders.

  • The place of ethics and ethical conflict is an essential underpinning for commercial activity. Ethics is more than just knowing the rules around confidentiality, integrity and objectivity. It’s about identifying ethical dilemmas, understanding the implications and behaving appropriately.
  • The role of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and audit; and their increasing impact in the management of organisations.
  • Wherever business is conducted the legal and administrative framework underpins commercial activity. The areas of contract law, employment law, administration and management of companies is considered.

Syllabus structure

The syllabus comprises the following topics and weightings:

  • Business Ethics and Ethical Conflict (30%)
  • B. Corporate Governance, Controls and Corporate Social Responsibility (45%)
  • C. General Principles of the Legal System, Contract and Employment Law (15%)
  • D. Company Administration (10%)

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: 4 days
  • Mock: invigilated & marked with feedback