Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Certificate in Business Accounting

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Certificate will allow you to progress far and have considerable influence in your chosen field whether that be commerce, financial services, consultancy, government, the public sector or manufacturing. The CIMA Certificate allows entry to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

The course can be studied part-time, around full-time employment to fit around your commitments. On completing all examinations of the professional qualification and gaining a minimum of three years’ relevant practical experience, you will become a chartered management accountant, a professional who can shape and control the future of organisations. The University of South Wales is a CIMA Global Learning Premium Partner, the highest possible accreditation under CIMA’s quality assurance scheme for training providers. We were also awarded the PQ Magazine Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year Award in 2016 for the third time.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 1 Year January Newport City C

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting:

  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance & Business Law

All Certificate papers must be passed before students can progress to the professional qualification.

Our Professional Accounting and Finance course information brochure provides further details on part-time fees, timetables and the next available entry points.


Students will attend workshops which will contain lecture, tutorial and question practice elements.

See timetable information in our Professional Accounting and Finance course information brochure.


The certificate papers are assessed via a computer based assessment.


Our Accounting teaching team includes 14 qualified accountants and a qualified solicitor, who have significant industry and accounting practice experience, as well as significant experience of teaching professional accountancy qualifications. Question practice reinforces technical knowledge and exam technique each and every week on all of our programmes. The learning environment here is friendly and supportive, and we are able to offer an exceptional level of pastoral support.

Jared Davies - Academic Manager
Rhian Gosling – Course leader

  • Degrees in business or accounting will usually be accepted by CIMA as equivalent to the Certificate in Business Accounting and will allow exemptions from its papers
  • The AAT Qualification provides exemptions from all certificate papers
  • There is a flexible entry policy at the certificate Level, although English language competency is required.


August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Additional assessment or memberships: Student membership of CIMA professional body - initial registration * £77
Cost is correct as at July 2016. Commencement. See:
Additional assessment or memberships: Student membership of CIMA professional body - annual subscription * £108
All Year. See:
Additional assessment or memberships: Payment of exemption fees (exemptions based on prior studies) £64 - £134
£64-£134 per exam as at July 2017. All where exemptions claimed. See:
Additional assessment or memberships: Exam entry fees (NB - all exams are entered and sat externally with CIMA) * £67 - £224
£64-£224 per exam as at July 2017. All. See:

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

CIMA members are more than just accountants. You acquire a set of world class finance skills, including strategic thinking and risk and performance management skills. These will be your passport to career success in a range of business and finance roles.

CIMA students can progress into management consultancy and business analyst roles, as well as more traditional management accounting. You could also choose to undertake additional management qualifications, such as the MBA or EMBA taught at the university.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.