Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level

Designed to introduce students to the basics. This is the first of four CIMA courses. It is meant to teach students about the fundamentals in Business Economics.

Course Summary

Course Name:

Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level

Certification Type:

Course Level:



The Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level course is the first course in the CIMA Business Accounting field. This course will equip you with foundational knowledge in the business field.

Course Information

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants


This course consists of three examinations and one Case Study.

Award Type

National Certificate

Award Issued by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)



NQF Level

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 05

Minimum Credits


Entrance Criteria

To start this course, you will need to:

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Have had pure maths as a school subject
  • Be able to read and write in English

Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level Course Subjects

Instructional Offering:

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

What Will I Learn?

Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level Course has the following subject details:

BA1 Fundamentals Of Business Economics

You will learn:

  • How to identify and work within the economic context of a business
  • How competition and financial markets affect companies
  • The importance of government economic policies
  • BA2 Fundamentals Of Management Accounting

You will learn:

  • Management accounting techniques
  • How to act upon your role as a Management Accountant
  • How to analyse financial information
  • BA3 Fundamentals Of Financial Accounting

You will learn:

  • How basic accounting works and why it is important
  • Accounting principals
  • How to use the double-entry system
  • How to create balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements
  • BA4 Fundamentals Of Ethics, Corporate Governance, And Business Law

You will learn:

  • The professional standards set by stakeholders
  • About different laws and ethics and how to implement them 
  • How to implement company administration practices
  • How to implement corporate social responsibility

Why Choose To Study With Bellview

Studying through Distance Learning with Bellview has many advantages and benefits. You can view these benefits and advantages here.

Application Process

You can apply for a CIMA course with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning. You can reach out to us for registration in the following ways:

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Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities you will have after completing the Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level course include:

  • Business Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Business Analyst

For more information on career paths with a CIMA qualification, you can have a look here:

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the CIMA Certificate is on a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 05. 

Yes, CIMA course qualifications are held in very high regard. Here are some benefits of having a CIMA qualification:

  • More career opportunities
  • Having a higher-paying career
  • Having a widely recognised qualification
  • Having more job security

CIMA students have to complete 12 CIMA examinations over the course of four years. You can attempt to complete two or three exams per sitting, but you can also complete your exams one by one.

Yes, each CIMA test has a duration of 90 minutes and consists of a set of multiple-choice questions.

No, you do not need a degree or a qualification in accounting. You can start your CIMA course once you are over the age of 16. You must also have a grasp of the English language and pure maths.

CIMA courses are aimed at equipping students with the necessary skills to flourish in the field of business. Some of the main skills you will learn across all of the CIMA courses include:

  • Strategic analysis
  • Risk management
  • Planning and communication
  • Financial management
  • How to improve the functions within a business

Author: Karla Nortier
Editor: Elzanne Louwrens
Date Published: March 1, 2022