CIMA OCS – Course Schedule

Fitting your studies into your everyday and working life can be difficult. For this reason we have created a rough schedule for you to base your revision around before your exam.

It’s a good idea to create your own personalised revision plan based on the key learning areas included in this schedule, however, there are some dates that you will need to include in order to meet the requirements for the course pass guarantee, including the mock exam deadlines.

March 2019

Friday 22nd March – Friday 29th March:
Pre-seen Released

The official CIMA pre-seen release date is Friday 22nd March. Work your way through our pre-seen materials as follows:

  • Pre-seen analysis videos
  • Strategic analysis videos
  • Top 10 issues video
  • Industry pack video

Read through the industry analysis pack steadily over the next few weeks. It’s mostly background reading to build industry knowledge. However it would be useful to learn some industry examples prior to your first mock exam so you can start to include some in your answers. Post your questions about the pre-seen on our course forum – our OCS tutor will aim to respond within 1 working day.

Saturday 30th March – Friday 5th April:
Exam Technique

Watch the Course Tuition Videos to learn what it takes to pass this exam. Refer to Study Text Part 1 which supports this. Undertake the writing and planning exercises in Study Text Part I. This is the most important part of the week – the exercises start to ingrain good exam technique that watching videos alone will never do! Post questions on our course forum. It’s crucial that you clarify any areas of confusion at this early stage.

April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April:
Your OCS Marker will be assigned

On this day, an email will be sent out to you with details of your assigned marker. They’ll be there to support you through the next few weeks of your studies.

Saturday 6th April:
Attend Masterclass 1

This will recap the key learning’s to date in the videos and give you a chance to ask questions and meet other students. Asking questions is key, please do take the opportunity to clarify any issues you currently have.

Watch the full recording if you are unable to attend on the day.

Sunday 7th April – Saturday 13th April:
Theory and the Case Study Exam

The theory week – Study Text Part 2

The Study Text Part 2 is a condensed version of our E1, F1 and P1 texts and particularly focuses on those areas most relevant to the case study, saving you time and helping you focus on application to the pre-seen.

You’re unlikely to be able to revise everything prior to your exam, so the key this week is to identify the topics you feel you most need to review.

Then aim to read through other sections of Study Text Part 2 over the next few weeks, recapping key areas of theory, focusing on any areas of weakness that come out of the mock exams.

Sunday 14th April:
Mock 1 Deadline

Mock 1 deadline – Complete mock and send to your marker

It is vital that even at this early stage you complete this in the allocated time.

Time management is a key challenge in this exam and you need to learn to work quickly early on in the process – you won’t suddenly speed up in the last week!

Don’t be tempted to read any solutions before the exam – make it a real exam test – that’s the best way to learn.

Monday 15th April – Wednesday 17th April:
Ethics

Ethics is THE MOST COMMONLY EXAMINED TOPIC in this exam. You must master this subject if you are going to pass.

Watch the video and then practise 5-6 questions.

Use the remaining questions as practise over the next few weeks whenever you get a chance.

Tuesday 16th April – Saturday 20th April:
Review Mock Feedback

Reviewing the feedback on your exams is probably the most important thing you’ll do during this course. And yet, many people ignore this crucial step.

Review Mock 1 feedback when returned by marker and create a list of the key points you will commit to improve on prior to the next mock.

Study our Mock 1 solutions so you can pick up key learning points. Review any theory that was a clear weakness.

Re-write sections of mock 1 that you did poorly on applying the feedback given. This is crucial and often ignored. It’s practise that improves, not just reading or watching videos. The act of redoing those sections and applying feedback will make a huge difference in your next mock.

This is an ideal time to use our dedicated business, leadership, people and technical competency textbooks to brush up on your weaker areas.

Sunday 21st April:
Mock 2 Deadline

Mock 2 deadline – complete mock exam and send to your marker

Tuesday 23rd April – Saturday 27th April:
Review Mock Feedback

Review Mock 2 feedback when returned by marker and create a list of the key points you will commit to improve on prior to the next mock.

Study our Mock 2 solutions so you can pick up key learning points. Review any theory that was a clear weakness.

Re-write sections of mock 2 that you did poorly on applying the feedback given. This is crucial and often ignored.

Use the ethics pack questions for extra question practise.

Sunday 28th April:
Mock 3 Deadline

Mock 3 deadline – complete mock exam and send to your marker

May 2019

Tuesday 30th April – Saturday 4th May:
Review Mock Feedback

Review Mock 3 feedback when returned by marker and create a list of the key points you will commit to improve on prior to the next mock.

Study our Mock 3 solutions so you can pick up key learning points. Review any theory that was a clear weakness.

Re-write sections of mock 3 that you did poorly on applying the feedback given. This is crucial and often ignored.

Use extra time to do ethics pack questions, recap on the course and pre-seen videos and review key theory.

Saturday 4th May:
Attend Masterclass 2

This will recap the key learning’s to date in the videos and give you a chance to ask questions and meet other students. Asking questions is key, please do take the opportunity to clarify any issues you currently have.

Watch the full recording if you are unable to attend on the day.

Sunday 5th May – Saturday 11th May:
Exam Week

Final revision – Exams start on Tuesday 7th May.  

Ideally take a few days off work prior to the exam and spend the majority of that time re-doing the mocks under timed conditions.

Review the pre-seen again prior to the exam and learn key facts from that so you don’t need to look at the pre-seen in the exam.

Learn all 25 industry examples from the industry pack.

Recap any key theory on which you think you are weak. Do not make this the key focus of your last few days though – it’s practise that is key at this stage for case study exams.

Take the exam – go in with a positive attitude. Following this plan should put you in an excellent position to pass.

Rest – AND then take a huge sigh of relief and a few weeks of well deserved rest!

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