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Undergraduate to business leader

Support your undergraduates as they take the first steps in their careers

Your university students could increase their chances of a successful future by adding a globally recognised accounting qualification to their degree. Through studying CIMA, they’ll gain the employable business skills top employers are looking for, giving them a huge advantage over other jobseekers, whatever career they’re considering.

Because it’s so flexible, your students can train with CIMA any time. They could start now by studying the Certificate in Business Accounting alongside their current degree, meaning they’ll graduate with the letters CIMA Cert BA after their names and a huge head start in the job market.

Or they could begin after graduation. Depending on their degree subject, they might be eligible for exam exemptions meaning they can skip ahead to the CIMA Professional Qualification and train to be a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

In this section you’ll find all the information you need to support your undergraduates as they take the first steps in their careers, from an overview of the CIMA qualifications to info about our free Undergraduate Club.

Certificate in Business Accounting

This is CIMA’s entry-level qualification, designed to give your students up-to-date, relevant business and finance experience beyond crunching numbers, with skills like decision-making, calculating probability and basic fraud prevention. . They’ll gain insight into how various aspects of accounting relate to the world of business, and when they enter the job market after university they’ll have a CV that truly stands out. It’s a great qualification in its own right, and it can be a stepping-stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification, which leads to CGMA status. 

With no qualifications necessary and flexible learning options available, it’s ideal for undergraduates who want to study for a professional qualification alongside their current degree. Or they could start studying after they graduate through distance learning, in a lecture room or on the job. 

With a CIMA qualification, your students could go on to work for top organisations around the world in roles like finance director, marketing manager, operations directors and chief financial officer.

CIMA Professional Qualification

Did you know the CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised as the most relevant global finance qualification for business?

Students who already hold a relevant business or finance degree can start studying CIMA’s Professional Qualification straight away. This means they could become a fully qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant in just three years and kick-start a highly rewarding career in management accounting.

As well as gaining strong accounting fundamentals, your students will learn valuable strategic business and management skills in areas like analysis, risk, planning and communication. They won’t just be influencing key business decisions – they’ll be making them.

When your students qualify, they’ll receive the globally recognised CGMA designation, opening the door to opportunities in every sector and every department across the world. They could work in a commercial role as a management consultant or marketing manager, or in operations where they’ll use their skills to manage projects and budgets. 

Exam exemptions: the fast track to CIMA

If your undergraduates hold a relevant degree or qualification they could be exempt from some exams in the CIMA Professional Qualification.

This means your students will qualify sooner and will be a step closer to becoming a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Find out more on our exam exemptions page.

The CGMA competency framework

CIMA wants uni graduates to have the best chances of success throughout their long careers, so to make them even more employable we’ve created the CGMA competency framework.

Working alongside top organisations worldwide to understand what employers want from their staff, we’ve updated our 2019 syllabus with the key skills and competencies employers look for in finance professionals, like technical, business, leadership and people skills.

By equipping your university students with strong, business-relevant skills at operational, strategic and management levels, CIMA will ensure they have the knowledge, experience and confidence to drive businesses forward. 

See our CGMA competency framework to find out more.

Undergraduate Club

CIMA’s Undergraduate Club is open to all UK university students, whether or not they’re registered with CIMA. It’s free to join, and it’ll improve their chances of career success by providing exclusive access to industry updates, graduate vacancies and employer events. They’ll even be able to get their profiles seen by top employers and reach out with any questions they’ve got about jobs or internships.

CIMA's thought leadership

As a global leader in management accounting, CIMA’s committed to producing relevant, rigorous and applied research. Our work goes beyond turning your students into business leaders – we also publish industry-leading insight, fund academic programmes and collaborate with partners globally to help people and organisations drive a better, sustainable business performance.

Being at the forefront of new thinking in business management means your undergraduates always stay ahead of the competition.

Read our latest CIMA reports and find out how we’re pioneering management accounting. 

Employers that support CIMA

Thousands of top employers around the world qualify their staff with CIMA, including HSBC, Sky, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, NHS, Transport for London, Ford, Rolls-Royce, KPMG, Zurich and Morgan Stanley. When your school leavers enter the workplace, whether it’s straight away or after earning a degree, they can ask their employer to invest in their CIMA studies.

For a full list of companies that support CIMA, visit employers we work with.

CIMA resources

Email to request all of the CIMA resources you need to help you talk your students through their options and what a career in management accounting looks like. \

There’s everything from a PDF of our latest prospectus to printer-friendly CIMA posters. You can distribute these around your school or college and help students discover a career they may never have considered.