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New CIMA syllabus for summer

CIMA looks set to unveil its new-look qualification to coincide with the 2018 Football World Cup!

January 2018

In an exclusive interview with PQ magazine, CIMA’s Noel Tagoe told us he will be taking his vision for the preliminary draft syllabus out to tutors this month.
Tagoe was quick to stress that the key to any changes will be ‘employability’ and the long-term career success of CIMA’s PQs. He also said he was very aware that CIMA needs to deal with the issue of technology and where it fits into the syllabus, and how it will affect finance. Then there’s the thorny tpics of intangible assets and real-world costing.
Tagoe confirmed the plan is to ‘soft launch’ the new-look syllabus next summer. That means students will be sitting a new syllabus in 2019.
Tagoe pointed out that all stakeholders have been part of the process from the start, something that might not have been true of the 2015 ‘big bang’ changes! He said CIMA will in future be moving away from these big four-year changes, and continuous review will be the name of the game.
Interestingly, Tagoe said that the plan is to be much clearer to students about what they need to be studying. “There will be no second-guessing anymore,” he emphasised. That said, he pointed out that this will not make exams more predictable. He explained: “We will make the areas being examined predictable, like say the need to construct a budget.”
Tagoe went on to say that he wants to hear everyone’s voice in the discussion, and he particularly wants to hear from PQs.
• PQ will be working closely with CIMA to ensure PQs get there voices heard, so stay tuned.

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