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Study for a Career in Accountancy in the United Kingdom

So, which financial management or accounting qualification will give you not just an excellent start but will continue to help you progress throughout your career?

You need look no further than CIMA - the qualification that's preferred by employers because it is designed specifically to:

  • be totally tuned and relevant to the needs of to day's business, giving you a real understanding of financial and managerial control.

  • deliver an informed and well-rounded view of the whole organisation. 

  • be versatile and flexible, allowing you to move easily from one department to another.

  • provide you with an international passport to the most rewarding business management careers world-wide. 

Have you got what it takes to become a Chartered Management Accountant?

If you...

  • have a lively, active mind

  • think and communicate clearly

  • like working as a team

  • are committed to working in a business environment

  • are comfortable with numbers 

  • and have the stamina to get through the exams and training

. .. then becoming a Chartered Management Accountant will give you a rewarding and enjoyable career.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The CIMA qualification is equivalent to a United Kingdom Honours degree and higher. Therefore, as a general rule you must have:

  • at least five GCSE passes, or local


  • two of the five passes must be at Advanced level

  • two of the five passes must also be in Mathematics and English Language (not necessarily at Advanced Level)


Qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant means studying for the CIMA qualification and gaining three years' relevant practical experience. There are 4 Stages to the CIMA syllabus with 4 papers at each Stage. CIMA training is flexible allowing you to study at your own pace and time, scheduling your examinations alongside your other commitments.

  • at Stages I, 2 and 3 - you can sit up to six examination papers at a time, subject to timetable constraints.

  • at Stage 4 - you are expected to demonstrate your professional competence, and are therefore required to take all four papers.

CIMA also lets you choose how you study and whilst methods of study will vary from country to country, they may include classes, distance learning and sandwich block release.

With students and members in over 100 countries world-wide and offices in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe, CIMA is a truly global organisation.

Wherever you are in the world contact CIMA via e-mail, fax, phone or mail to find out more about becoming a Chartered Management Accountant.


Andrea Cowgill

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants



The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

26 Chapter Street

London SW1P 4NP

United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)20 7663 5441,

Fax +44 (0)20 7663 5442