Course Brief

The aim of the Strategic Business Leader module is to demonstrate organisational leadership and senior consultancy or advisory capabilities and relevant professional skills, through the context of an integrated case study.
 
The syllabus for Strategic Business Leader acts as the key leadership syllabus at the Strategic Professional level and is a substantial integrated examination. The examination requires candidates to demonstrate a range of professional skills demanded by effective leaders or in advising or supporting senior management in directing organisations. The syllabus therefore combines the main functions of organisations in the context of leadership capability. It draws upon content from all of the Applied Skills
Level exams and the Ethics and Professional Skills Module. The main capabilities of the Strategic Business Leader syllabus assume essential technical skills and knowledge have been acquired at the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills Levels where some of the core capabilities will have been learnt, and in particular where governance, internal audit, control, risk, finance, ethics and management will have been introduced in a subject-specific context. In addition the candidate is expected to demonstrate wider professional skills in their answers to requirements set in each examination.
 
The Strategic Business Leader syllabus is covered in nine main sections with leadership, professionalism and ethics and corporate governance used as the initial focus for the rest of the syllabus. Excellent leadership involves having a team of capable and responsible directors, setting an appropriate ‘tone from the top’ and embedding appropriate corporate and cultural values within the organisation. This is supported by a sound governance structure and effective management structures. The syllabus begins by examining leadership and having in place responsible and ethical leaders, having an awareness of who they are responsible to This section also covers personal and professional ethics, ethical frameworks – and professional values – as applied to a senior manager or adviser’s role and as a guide to appropriate behaviour and conduct in a variety of situations. Clearly linked to organisational leadership is the existence of an effective governance structure within organisations in the broad context of the agency relationship. This aspect of the syllabus focuses on the respective roles and responsibilities of directors, on the committee structures and on the effective scrutiny of the performance of senior management and their accountabilities, demonstrating this
accountability by reporting more widely and holistically to stakeholders under an integrated reporting <IR> framework.
 
It is only once these fundamental organisational structures and values are in place that it is possible to explore
strategy and assess the strategic position of the organisation and to effectively evaluate the options facing the organisation.
 
Evaluating strategic options, making strategic choices and implementing strategy requires the organisation’s leaders, or their advisers, to fully understand the risks involved so the syllabus then examines the identification, assessment, and control of risk as a key aspect of responsible leadership and management. The syllabus also includes a section relating to and applying IT and security controls at all levels of the organisation from strategic considerations including big data, cloud computing and e-business, through to using IT in the management of information, controlling organisations, and in financial and organisational operations.This section also focuses on the growing importance of ‘cyber security’ to support the management of risk the syllabus also addresses organisational control in its wider context, including internal audit, review, internal control, and feedback to implement and support effective governance, including compliance issues related to decision- making and decision-support functions. The syllabus includes financial aspects of managing an organisation, including key finance and management accounting techniques to analyse performance and to support decision- making. Candidates need to be aware of legal issues and of the financial reporting and taxation implications of strategic and investment decisions.
 
The syllabus finally focuses on innovation, performance excellence and change management to enable organisational success and implement change through effective organisational processes, IT solutions and project management, including the role of new and disruptive technologies in transforming the nature of business analysis and transactions. The last section, which links to all the
others, is the Professional Skills section which indicates the range of professional skills that the candidate must demonstrate in the exam which will make them more employable, or if already in work, will enhance their opportunities for advancement.
 
 

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    Gain a Diploma in Accounting and Business when you pass the first three exams of the ACCA Qualification Applied Knowledge modules (AB, MA and FA), and the Foundations in Professionalism (FIP) ethics module.

    An Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business can also be achieved by successfully completing all exams in the  ACCA Applied Knowledge and ACCA Applied Skills exams (AB – FM) of the ACCA programme and the Ethics and Professional Skills module.

    Completion of the Advanced Diploma and successful completion of the Strategic Professional exams (SBL - Strategic Business Leader, SBR - Strategic Business Reporting and two option modules) will allow you to become an ACCA affiliate.

    As part of your journey to becoming a qualified ACCA member, you will be required to complete the Ethics and Professional Skills Module which supplements your technical knowledge of the programme by helping to develop ethical and professional behaviours. You must also demonstrate relevant skills and experience within a real work environment. This is what the PER (Practical Experience Requirement) is all about.

    Get a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Accounting at the same time as becoming a qualified accountant through ACCA’s partnership with Oxford Brookes University (OBU). This is the perfect way to gain an extra qualification without doubling your workload. Having this degree with an ACCA qualification is a powerful combination of qualifications, which puts you in demand with employers, and increases your career prospects.

    To achieve this, you need to:

    • Pass your ACCA Qualification exams
    • Pass the Ethics and Professional Skills Module
    • Submit a research and analysis project.

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    ACCA members can seamlessly progress to one of our Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University MBA or MSc programmes, which we have been offering for over 24 years.

    ACCA members can gain a fast-track entry through free-of-charge credit transfer and exemption when they matriculate for the MSc in Financial Management or the MBA programme offered by Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.

    Entitlement to credit transfer or exemption will be assessed on an individual basis. A maximum of four exemptions from the nine-module programme may be available.


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