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CIMA P1 – Management Accounting

CIMA Paper P1 forms part of the Operational Level. You can sit this paper with any other Operational Level paper.

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P1 Syllabus Information


Aim of the syllabus

P1 stresses the importance of costs and the drivers of costs in the production, analysis and use of information for decision making in organisations. The time focus of P1 is the short term. It covers budgeting as a means of short- term planning to execute the strategy of organisations. In addition it provides competencies on how to analyse information on costs, volumes and prices to take short-term decisions on products and services and to develop an understanding on the impact of risk to these decisions. P1 provides the foundation for cost management and the long-term decisions covered in P2.

Topics covered

  • Cost accounting systems (30%)
  • Budgeting (25%)
  • Short-term decision making (30%)
  • Dealing with risk and uncertainty (15%)
  • You must complete all 5 papers in the Certificate Level before progressing on to the CIMA Professional Qualification
  • AAT qualified students will be exempt from the Certificate Level and proceed straight to the Operational Level
  • Degree students may qualify for exemptions from the Operational Level depending on the content of your degree.

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P1 Management Accounting