CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Level 4 - BTEC Professionals or NVQ Level 4 or Equivalent

Subject Area Business

School NCG Direct

Attendance Distance Learning


The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Their mission is to help people and businesses to succeed in the public and private sectors.
Working across the globe with more than 227,000 members and students in 179 countries, CIMA members work at the heart of business in industry, commerce and not for profit organisations.They have strong relationships with employers and sponsor leading research.

CIMA constantly update their qualification, professional experience requirements and CPD programme. This ensures that their members and students are first choice for employers who are recruiting financially trained business leaders.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email for more information.
Duration: 18 Months
Venue: Distance Learning

Who the course is for

The Certificate in Business Accounting is CIMA’s entry level accounting
qualification for students with little or no accounting background.

The certificate level provides you with business experience beyond just financial
accounting and you’ll gain insight into how the different areas of accounting
relate to the business world. Whether you are considering a career in business
and finance, already working and want to further your career or looking to
change careers – you can study the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting no
matter your background.

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting syllabus has recently been updated
based on extensive global research with industry leaders and educators. The
Certificate in Business Accounting is both a stand alone qualification as well the
start of the route to becoming a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

If you have previous accounting experience or qualifications, you might be eligible
for exemptions from subjects at this level. For further information on this please

Qualification Gained

By completing and passing the four modules you will gain an CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting qualification.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

The course will consist of four Modules:

  • Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Ethics, corporate governance and business law. 


Learning Methods

Supported online learners will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment which provides all course materials and content. Learners can log in at any time as long as they have internet access. Learners will also have access to a Personal Online Tutor to support them through their studies.

Learners will be required to dedicate between 6 –10 hours flexibly per week.

Assessment Methods

For all modules, assessments are completed by computer based objective tests at an examination center. An Objective Test is comprised of multiple formats including multiple choice, number entry, drag and drop and other formats.

In modules BA2 and BA3 short scenarios may be provided on which objective test questions will be based on.

Progression Opportunities

On completion of this course you will be able to study the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting – Operational Level with Newcastle College Business Academy.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities you would gain through this qualification are: Accounts Assistant | Assistant Accountant | Finance Manager |  Management Accountant.

Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification, learners must understand the level that they are studying at. It is advisable that learner holds GCSE qualifications in Mathematics and English or equivalent. It is also recommended that learners have a background in either business or finance as well as a passion to succeed in business.

It is recommended that all learners contact CIMA prior to commencing studying to ensure they meet all entry requirements for undertaking this qualification as well as to enquire to any available exemptions.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Please be aware, that it is the responsibility of the learners to pay for additional AAT fees. For up to date information on fees and external test centers please visit:

Additional Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.