The first sitting of ACCA’s Strategic Business Leader (SBL), Professional level examination will be held in September, 2018.
The SBL examination is unlike anything that you have come across in your studies so far! The paper requires candidates to use commercial, professional and ethical judgement to address complex business challenges under time constraints; much as you are expected to do in the real world. The curriculum relies extensively on knowledge from earlier ACCA subjects; including F1, F4, F5, F7, F8, and F9, and, there is a strong emphasis on ethics and professional skills throughout the syllabus. All relevant topics will be covered using exam standard questions, during the Platinum Revision Course.
This ACCA SBL Platinum Revision Course is a comprehensive programme which combines on-demand and (two) live webinars, ACCA approved study materials, past/specimen exam questions, social media, e-mail and text support and, a Mock exam with marking and feedback. Additionally, we will focus strongly on the ACCA’s ‘Professional Skills’ which carry 20% of the marks in the examination.
The course aims to get you through SBL quickly and efficiently. It merges:
- Recorded webinars with concentrated exam standard question practice; this is an intensive phase where you will work many questions with the tutor. You will follow his thought processes as he translates the question’s requirements and develops a solution. In addition, marked homework questions are included at appropriate intervals, to ensure that you are on track to succeed. This practise will then be consolidated in a Mock Exam which will reflect the tutor’s expectation of topics in the upcoming exam.
- Two live webinars where Ashim will address any questions you may have; either on the Mock Exam or in general.
- A standardised approach for tackling any question. This will save you crucial minutes when planning your answer in the exam.
- Personalised marking service; all answers received by the specified dates, for homework questions and the Mock Exam, will be marked according to the ACCA’s standards and returned with personalised feedback.
- Access to the tutor by e-mail, social media forums and WhatsApp groups, throughout the Revision phase.
Your tutor on this journey is Ashim Kumar, an FCCA who has been training ACCA students, including many prize-winners, since 1992. Ashim has an excellent understanding of the ACCA’s thinking behind this paper and knows what the ACCA expects from you in the exam. His approach will combine solid teaching skill with extensive business experience to prepare you for this very practical examination. Ashim will be with you at each step of the way!
To avoid a last-minute panic, Ashim strongly recommends you start your ACCA SBL Platinum Revision Course no later than 5 weeks before your exam. (So for December, by 30th October).
|Webinar – ‘Everything you need to know about the SBL’||Introductory webinar which explains the intention behind the SBL syllabus, the professional marks scheme (20% of exam), what the examiner is looking for, the importance of the ACCA’s ethics modules and many more crucial items.|
|Webinar – comprehensive revision question practice||Each pre-recorded 2-3 hour video will focus on a full ACCA Specimen exam or past paper.|
We will carefully analyse each requirement and develop answers. Ashim will ask you to attempt questions on your own, before looking at his solution.
This approach will address a number of critical requirements for passing the exam. It will:
1. Cover the whole syllabus.
2. Identify areas where you need to focus greater effort.
3. Demonstrate how to maximise marks with the right exam techniques.
4. Show you how the marker awards credit.
5. Give you extensive question answering practice.
|Webinar – detailed exam technique||A very common complaint of examiners is that students, even at the final level, do not display good exam technique; especially when it comes to time discipline. We will learn how to earn those ‘easy’ marks which are available for good technique and could make the difference to our success.|
|Revision homework questions||We are now ready to integrate our technical skills and knowledge, with exam technique, by applying it to selected homework questions. We strongly recommend that these are attempted under timed conditions.|
|Marking and feedback service (1)||All answers to your homework questions, received before the deadline, will be marked, and feedback provided.|
|Mock Examination||You are now prepared for the ‘big day’! A full Mock Exam will be issued; it is vital that you attempt it under exam conditions. The questions will reflect a best guess of likely topics in the real examination. This exercise will provide the best indication of your preparedness and, the opportunity to fill any gaps.|
|Marking and feedback service (2)||All Mock Exam answer scripts received before the deadline, will be marked and returned with commentary.|
|Live webinar* (1)||Live feedback on the Mock Exam scripts. Ashim will also answer questions on particular difficulties that were encountered by students during the Mock Exam.|
|Live webinar* (2) ‘The Home Run’||The second live webinar will be an open forum to address any last-minute questions on any aspect of the syllabus or the exam. It is an opportunity to calm the nerves before the ‘big day’.|
|Exam tips||A list of the Ashim’s best guess of upcoming exam topics.|
|BPP on-line Practice|
and Revision Kit
|This excellent collection of exam-standard questions covering the entire syllabus, will form the foundation for our question practice. It will be supplemented by past real/specimen exam questions.|
|Article Pack||All relevant official ACCA articles will be incorporated into a single folder – easy to find and read.|
|Tutor Support||Throughout the programme, Ashim will provide tutorial support by e-mail, SMS, Whatsapp, and Skype.|
Key dates (all times are UK local times):
|December 2018||March 2018|
|Exam tips available by:||22nd October|
|Revision lectures:||Available now|
|Revision homework final due date:||14th November|
|Final Mock Exam (ME2)|
|– Available by:||14th November|
|– Submit by:||19th November|
|– Returned by:||23rd November|
|– Feedback webinar:||26th November 14:00|
|Webinar: The Home Run||30 November 14:00|
*All webinars will start at 14.00 (UK time) and last for a maximum of 3 hours. On rare occasions, dates and times may change at the discretion of the tutor.
*Live webinars are presented using Adobe Connect and can be watched on your PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone. The webinars will be recorded to allow them to be played back and watched as many times as you wish.
The descriptions above are indicative of what you will receive if you enrol on this course, but not an undertaking to deliver a certain number of contact hours. The content / structure of this course is constantly evolving, and Ashim therefore reserves the right to make changes where he believes this will increase your chances of passing.