The Case Study exam is essentially a virtual business role play. Therefore, students need to understand their role within the case study exam in order to produce a good answer, demonstrating knowledge and applying skills from across the syllabus.
Who are you and what is your role?
At Operational level, your role will be that of a Finance Officer.
You may be involved in short term analysis of
You will need to understand
Your role (e.g. from Nov 2015 exam)
You are a newly appointed Finance Officer in a family run horticulture company. Your predecessor has begun to set up some budgets and costings but the finance and administrative processes in the company are unsophisticated and there is little automation.
Business skills & People skills
Leadership skills only account for 6% at this level and no one will fail due to a lack of leadership skills in the OCS. However they are tested eg in the variance analysis task above, discussing how planning and operational variances benefit the business would have attracted leadership marks.
Case Study - Computer Based Exams
The Case Study exams are used to test a variety of skills including research and analysis, how to present information, persuasion and communication skills - all of which is based on pre-seen material which is released 9 weeks prior to the exam to tutors.
This Case Study course will be run on an an intensive basis after the release of the pre-seen information 6 weeks before the exam sitting. This will be an integrated course.
It will be offered as a combination of weekday or weekend course.