Strategic level

Strategic level is the third and final level of the CIMA Professional Qualification and consists of three subject areas.

The technical content at the Strategic level

The Strategic level concentrates on making strategic decisions and providing the context for which those decisions will be implemented. Its focus is the long-term.

E3 Strategic Management

Covers: You will learn how to:
  1. Interacting with the organisation’s environment
  2. Evaluating strategic position and strategic options
  3. Leading change
  4. Implementing strategy
  5. The role of information systems in organisational strategy
  1. Develop the skills and abilities needed by strategic leaders to direct and achieve the long-term success of their organisations
  2. Formulate and implement strategy
  3. Successfully lead and manage change

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P3 Risk Management

Covers: You will learn how to:
  1. Identification, classification and evaluation of risk
  2. Responses to strategic risk
  3. Internal controls to manage risk
  4. Managing risks associated with cash flows
  5. Capital investment decisions


  1. Identify, evaluate and respond to risks that could impact on the implementation of strategy
  2. Develop the competencies required to analyse and apply the techniques, processes and internal control systems required to manage risk
  3. Manage risks associated with both cash flows and capital investment decisions

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F3 Financial Strategy

Covers: You will learn how to:
  1. Formulation of financial strategy
  2. Financing and dividend decisions
  3. Corporate finance
  1. Formulate and implement financial strategy to support the overall strategy of the organisation
  2. Develop skills to evaluate and recommend alternative sources of finance
  3. Develop competencies required to value investment opportunities including divestments, mergers and acquisitions

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