Embracing change. Shaping futures. Strategic Business Leader – Examiner Approach Article Guidance on the new ACCA Strategic Business Leader examination
Strategic Professional – Essentials | Strategic Business Leader 2 Contents Rationale behind introducing the 3 Strategic Business Leader examination Overview of the exam 4 What is Strategic Business Leader all about 5 How is the Strategic Business Leader syllabus examined? 6 How is the exam to be marked? 7 Tactics for answering questions in the 10 Strategic Business Leader examination
Strategic Professional – Essentials | Strategic Business Leader 3 This research identified the technical and professional skills and qualities that professional accountants need to possess to make a significant contribution in the workplace. Many of the skills identified are key leadership and professional capabilities, which can allow the future ACCA member to add real value to the organisations they work for and enhance their own career prospects. Following extensive consultation with members, learning providers and employers, ACCA concluded that the professional qualification required a completely new examination with a leadership focus, which would test not only a student’s ability to apply newly acquired syllabus knowledge to a business scenario, but also to demonstrate a range of practical leadership competences required of future professional accountants with serious career and management ambitions. In response, ACCA has now produced a unique new syllabus at its final level. This syllabus contains all the key technical and professional leadership skills that were highlighted in the 2016 research report which employers have been asking for and have most value to them. ACCA then developed two specimen exams to show how such a syllabus could be examined. The requirements within these specimens integrate and blend all the key leadership skills in a practical and business relevant way. The new Strategic Business Leader examination is to be examined using a single case study approach, which comprises a range of required tasks to be completed in a four-hour period. This examination requires students to bring forward and apply their skills acquired at the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills levels of the qualification to the new case study examination. ACCA positions its ‘ACCA qualification – the future’ as a qualification for the aspiring senior professional, consultant or business leader in any business structure (public or private) and is not aimed exclusively at accounting and finance, taxation and audit specialists. To reflect this, the final level of the exams has now been re-named; Strategic Professional. Additionally, the Strategic Business Leader examination, combined with the other key technical exams and specialisms at Strategic Professional will encourage and equip the newly qualified accountant to take on and achieve more senior and responsible positions within the organisations which employ them.
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- Summer '15
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