Operational Level

OCS May/Aug22

  • 40+ hours of course content
  • 3 Mock Exams on current pre-seen with model solutions
  • Professional mock marking
  • Live webinars, workshops and on-demand video lectures
  • 1-to-1 personalised tuition, including tutor calls and tutor-led forums
Enrol now for the May/Aug22 course (the first webinar takes place on March 16th)
what will you be learning?

Course Syllabus

Our award-winning 6-week courses equip you with insider information on exactly what it takes to pass the CIMA exam. Structured in accordance with the latest science of learning, you will be drilled on every dimension of the May/Aug22 pre-seen materials, reviewing and applying Objective Test theories throughout. You will then learn the tricks of the trade when it comes mock answer planning and execution, putting you in pole position to ace your exam first time.

Pre-course work
7.5 hours of tuition
GMT
On-demand + MCQs
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
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E1 Objective Theory Review
ELITE COURSE ONLY
A high-level review of the key theories from E1 Managing Finance in a Digital World, including the role of the finance function, technology, data and information in a digital world, the structure of the finance function and how it interacts with the rest of the organisation.
GMT
On-demand + MCQs
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
F1 Objective Theory Review
ELITE COURSE ONLY
If you need to brush up on taxation principles, the basics of financial statements, managing cash and the working capital cycle, and the regulatory environment, then this series of videos reviewing F1 Financial Reporting does a great job. There are also 30 review questions at the end of this section.
GMT
On-demand + MCQs
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
P1 Objective Theory Review
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Refresh your P1 Management Accounting memory with a quick review of key theory such as cost accounting, budgeting, short-term commercial decision making, and dealing with uncertainty in the short-term. Test yourself at the end of this section with 30 review questions.
GMT
On-demand
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Preparing for the Case
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Before you start week 1, you should first understand some of the basics e.g. the format of the exam, your role as a finance officer, how best to use the pre-seen document, how to apply theory to score marks, and the importance of mock question practice.
GMT
On-demand
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
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Exam Day Strategy
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Even though the actual exam may be a few months away, it's a great idea to get clear on your exam day strategy right at the start of your preparations. Understand what the examiner is actually looking for, how to manage your time well on exam day, how to win the easy marks, and crucially, how to avoid the basic errors most students make.
Mar 16, 2022 19:00
GMT
Live webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Introduction to the OCS
ELITE COURSE ONLY
In this session, we will be doing an overview of the OCS exam. Whether you are completely new or already familiar with CIMA case study exams, this session will give you all the information you need to know about the mechanics of the exam. Specifically, we will address the purpose of the exam, key exam details and terminology, how the exam is created, the exam software and other important aspects of the exam to help ensure that you pass in your upcoming sitting!
Week 1
8 hours of tuition
Mar 27, 2022 11:00
GMT
Live Webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Course Kick-Off & Pre-seen Analysis (Part 1 of 2)
In this session, you will meet your tutor, who will orient you and then walk you through each section of the first half of the pre-seen document. In an easy-to-understand way, our case study expert will relate the pre-seen to crucial E, F and P pillar objective test theories and discuss possible exam issues. ​​​​​​​
Mar 28, 2022 18:00
GMT
Live webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Industry Analysis
In this live session your tutor will talk you through the real-life industry. Understanding the industry ensures students are familiar with the context within which their pre-seen business operates, so they can make sensible recommendations on the day of the exam.
Mar 29, 2022 10:00
GMT
Live Office Hours
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Office Hours 1
Drop in and avail of your tutor's knowhow and support in this open office hours session. This is a relaxed, no-pressure setting for you to chat with your course tutor about any of the issues worrying you ahead of your exam.
Mar 29, 2022 18:00
GMT
Live webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Pre-seen Analysis (Part 2 of 2)
Your tutor will walk you through each section of the second half of the pre-seen document. In this session, your tutor will relate the pre-seen to crucial E, F and P pillar theories and discuss possible exam issues. ​​​​​​​
Apr 2, 2022 9:30
GMT
Live Workshop
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Detailed Overview of Exam & Marking Process
In this Elite Course lesson, students are introduced to the tutor & their colleagues. You will learn about the details of the OCS exam. You will see the layout of the exam; be shown resources and links for exam papers, solutions and the Pearson Test Drive; learn about the exam creation process (blueprints). You will also see the marking scheme and how your exam will be graded. The tutor will answer questions which have been prepared in advance by students and will show on-demand resources and recommend areas of study. The tutor will also recommend a study pathway (i.e. what should the student be doing now + the next few weeks). Remaining time will be allocated to suggesting potential scenarios / theories of interest.
Week 2
5 hours of tuition
Jan 16, 2022 23:59
GMT
Mock Exam
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Mock Exam 1
Time to put all of that theory and industry knowledge into practice with your first mock exam attempt! Find out why VIVA's mock papers are considered amongst the best in the industry. All of our mock exams come with model solutions, which you can refer to after you have attempted the questions.
Apr 10, 2022 9:30
GMT
Live Workshop
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Applying Theory & Generating Answers
In this lesson, the tutor will run through short questions targeted at applying key pieces of theory to the case study. The tutor will offer ideas and suggestions as to how to answer the questions. Discussion will be encouraged and students can give their own ideas on how the questions could be answered. Questions from the discussion sheet will be answered by the tutor.
Week 3
9 hours of tuition
Apr 12, 2022 19:00
GMT
Live webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
E1 Applied
This webinar sees your tutor pick out the most relevant E pillar theories as they relate to the case. You will be given a review of each of the theories selected, before going on to look at likely exam scenarios and how to respond to them.
Apr 13, 2022 19:00
GMT
Live webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
F1 Applied
The next in our applied series sees your course tutor apply key F1 theories to the pre-seen document. Each topic includes a review of the theory, where exactly it pops up in the pre-seen, and most importantly, how it can be tested and how you can respond on the day of the exam.
Apr 14, 2022 19:00
GMT
Live webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
P1 Applied
Next up is P1 Applied. Your tutor takes the most relevant P1 theories and talks you through how exactly they relate to this pre-seen. Again, you'll get a refresher on each theory and see what kinds of questions the examiner might ask and how you can respond to each. Topics covered here include risk and uncertainty, variance analysis, costing and budgeting.
Jan 23, 2022 23:59
GMT
Mock Exam
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Mock Exam 2
You should be gaining in confidence and know-how now, so it's time for your 2nd mock exam. As with all of VIVA's mock exams, this paper comes with model solutions.
Week 4
4 hours of tuition
Apr 20, 2022 18:00
GMT
Live Workshop
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Mock Exam 1 Review
In this lesson, your tutor will walk you through VIVA's first set of mock questions & model solutions, spending time discussing trouble spots & the most effective exam day strategies. You will also have a chance to clarify your doubts after sitting the mock exam.
Apr 23, 2022 9:30
GMT
Live Workshop
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Mock Exam 2 Review
In this second mock review, your tutor will offer a detailed debriefing on VIVA's second mock exam, unpacking what a good answer would look like, the potential pitfalls, and interpreting the model solutions.
Week 5
6 hours of tuition
Apr 25, 2022 18:00
GMT
Live webinar
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Key Issues
In this session, your tutor talks you through the 10 or so most important issues affecting your pre-seen business. This lecture serves as a great way to sum up the most crucial issues you have seen over the course of the pre-seen analysis, industry analysis and objective test applied webinars.
Jan 30, 2022 23:59
GMT
Mock Exam
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Mock Exam 3
The final mock exam you will take as part of the course. Again, you also receive model solutions as standard.
Apr 30, 2022 9:30
GMT
Live Workshop
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Mock Exam 3 Review
The final debrief session focuses on mock exam 3. Your tutor will bring together all the lessons from the previous debrief sessions, giving you a deep understanding of what it takes to write an excellent case study answer.
Week 6
3 hours of tuition
May 4, 2022 10:00
GMT
Live Office Hours
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Office Hours 2
Drop in and avail of your tutor's knowhow and support in this open office hours session. This is a relaxed, no-pressure setting for you to chat with your course tutor about any of the issues worrying you ahead of your exam.
May 7, 2022 9:30
GMT
Live Workshop
self-paced
On-Demand
self-paced
On-Demand
ELITE COURSE ONLY
Exam Question Practice & Final Recommendations
In this lesson, the tutor will run through a set of exam style questions and will answer these questions live. The tutor will also run through important exam tips & strategies. Examiner's feedback will be discussed as an additional reinforcement of the strategies given. All questions flagged in advance will be answered.
Week 7
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Hotspot sessions

As well as access to over 10 hours of on-demand video lectures covering the core syllabus, you will find bonus "Hotspot Sessions". For those particularly trick subject areas, your tutor offers a deeper dive to ensure understanding.

  • Complex topics are broken down into plain English
  • All hotspot topics are explained with concrete examples
  • Walkthroughs of exam-style questions to ensure full comprehension

Live webinars

Tap into your course tutor’s deep expertise by asking questions & getting answers immediately. From pre-seen analyses to mid-course check-ins, our live sessions cover a range of topics and student needs. And if you miss a session, you can always watch the replay.

  • Interact with your CIMA tutors during Q&A segments
  • Never miss a session with full replay access
  • Mock writing guidance, theory applied sessions, and more.

Personalisation and learning analytics

Our course design is based on the latest science of learning. Part of optimal study is ensuring that you have the data and control that you need to shape the resources to your needs. VIVA does just that.

  • Data dashboard to track your course progress and average scores
  • Control video playback - slow down or speed up as you require
  • Progress tracker ensures you know where you last stopped studying

Online exam simulator

Not only to do you get 500+ CIMA-grade practice questions as standard - but you get to practice these in our online exam simulator, to ensure maximal preparation for the real-life exam!

  • Choose from 3 time modes - No Limit, Exam Mode, or Quick Mode
  • Choose how you see your answers - after each question, or after the exam
  • See mock breakdown of how you scored in each syllabus area

Complete mock exam coverage

The Case Study course comes complete with professionally written mock exams as standard (3 for OCS, 5 for MCS and SCS), freshly written for each new pre-seen cycle. Our mocks are weighted in accordance with official CIMA subject and grading criteria.

  • Professionally written mocks tailored to current pre-seen document
  • Model solutions written by former CIMA prizewinners
  • Unlock mock marking at any time for complete exam preparation
Elite only

Live Workshops

As an Elite Student, you will gain access to 12 hours of private, live cohort workshops with your expert Case Study tutor. Each workshop is thematically focused on a different aspect of the Case Study exam, with an emphasis on practice, application, and exam technique secrets.

  • Work with your tutor and fellow Elite students on problems
  • Offer and exchange ideas, feedback, and doubts with your tutor
  • Develop answers and insights in collaboration
Elite only

Tutor-led Forums

As an Elite student, you will gain exclusive 24 hour access to a private, tutor-led Slack discussion group. Here you will be able to post and share queries, topics for discussion, helpful sources and articles. Your tutor will also regularly share helpful materials, and prompt discussions and debate between workshop sessions.

  • Bounce ideas off fellow Elite students in relaxed environment
  • Take advantage of Slack's great community features
  • Seek assistance from your Tutor at any time

Live workshops

Our live sessions are run outside of work hours. Tap into your course tutor’s deep expertise by asking questions & getting answers immediately. From pre-seen analyses to intensive workshops, our live sessions cover a range of topics and student needs. And if you miss a session, you can always watch the replay.

  • Interact with your CIMA tutors
  • Elite workshop sessions with lecturer and small student cohorts
  • Receive regular notifications on upcoming webinars

Tutor-led private discussion group

"I have tried mocks from other providers, but VIVA's are the best". Neofytus (SCS Aug17) isn't alone in thinking this. Our Case Study mocks are written in-house by our team of CIMA experts, tailored to the current pre-seen, and modelled closely on the real CIMA papers. Practice in our online exam simulator under timed conditions.

  • 13 Mock Exams per exam window across OCS, MCS and SCS
  • Professionally prepared model answers with every mock
  • Marking services can be added at any time

Mock marking

120+ hours of video lectures by subject experts, covering the entire CIMA syllabus. That's an average of 10 hours per subject. Watch anywhere, anytime. All our lectures are concise, high definition, using only the highest quality audio and example-led visualisations.

  • Special hotspot sessions devote additional time to tricky areas
  • Learning interface keeps track of where you stopped watching
  • View at any speed setting that you prefer

Tutor office hours

"I have tried mocks from other providers, but VIVA's are the best". Neofytus (SCS Aug17) isn't alone in thinking this. Our Case Study mocks are written in-house by our team of CIMA experts, tailored to the current pre-seen, and modelled closely on the real CIMA papers. Practice in our online exam simulator under timed conditions.

  • 13 Mock Exams per exam window across OCS, MCS and SCS
  • Professionally prepared model answers with every mock
  • Marking services can be added at any time
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Your expert tutor
Kelly Davison

An experienced CIMA tutor who worked with Kaplan for 16 years, Kelly has trained aspiring accountants at every level. To quote one of her recent students, Shaminda Angodage: "Kelly has been a really supportive OCS tutor and responded to my emails promptly. She was always there to provide guidance. I felt much more confident going into the exam."

Kelly is VIVA's OCS specialist.

CIMA Global Pass Rate Excellence Award Badge

VIVA was one of only six tuition providers worldwide to win the prestigious CIMA Global Pass Rate Excellence Award in 2020.

Purchase options

Course Pricing

Choose a single course or our excellent value All Access Pass
Choose from our Standard* or Elite Courses
(*Standard Courses are included in All Access membership)
OCS May/Aug22
Standard Course

A comprehensive online course for the independent learner

Pre-seen Analysis Lectures (4 hrs)
Objective Review Lectures (3 hrs)
E3/F3/P3 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E2/F2/P2 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E1/F1/P1 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
5 Mock Exams with Solutions
3 Mock Exams with Solutions
Tutor-Annotated Pre-seen
2 Live Tutor Check-in Sessions
100s of Pages of Course Notes
Unlimited Replays of Live Webinars
Private Student Discussion Group
Live Tutor Workshops (12 hours)
Mock Marking*
Personal Tutor Office Hours
3 Live Mock Debrief Sessions
Private Tutor-Led Forum

Course access runs until 31st of August 2022.
*Mock marking can be purchased separately at any time.

OCS May/Aug22
Elite Course

Ideal for students seeking intensive, personalised 1-to-1 training

Pre-seen Analysis Lectures (4 hrs)
Objective Review Lectures (3 hrs)
E3/F3/P3 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E2/F2/P2 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
E1/F1/P1 Applied Lectures (6 hrs)
5 Mock Exams with Solutions
3 Mock Exams with Solutions
Tutor-Annotated Pre-seen
2 Live Tutor Check-in Sessions
100s of Pages of Course Notes
Unlimited replays of live webinars
Private Student Discussion Group
Live Tutor Workshops (12 hours)
Mock Marking for All Mocks
Personal Tutor Office Hours
3 Live Mock Debrief Sessions
Private Tutor-Led Forum

Course access runs until 31st of August 2022.

OCS May/Aug22
Single Course

Access to the OCS May/Aug22 Course until the end of the chosen exam window.

OCS
OCS
E1
E1
P1
P1
F1
F1
MCS
MCS
E2
E2
P2
P2
F2
F2
SCS
SCS
E3
E3
P3
P3
F3
F3

Ideal for those who are soon sitting the OCS but are unsure of their future study plans.

CIMA All Access Pass
All 12 CIMA Courses
Unlimited access to all CIMA Courses for 12 months, inc all Case Study & Objective Test mock exams
OCS
E1
P1
F1
MCS
E2
P2
F2
SCS
E3
P3
F3
Designed for those students who would like to complete 2 or more courses over the next year.

You can also enrol for a future exam window:

Standard Course: Nov22/Feb23

Elite Course: Nov22/Feb23

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CIMA All Access Pass

Unlimited Access to all CIMA Standard Courses for 12 months. Designed for students who would like to complete 2 or more courses over the next year.

Access to all CIMA Courses for 12 months

OCS
E1
P1
F1
MCS
E2
P2
F2
SCS
E3
P3
F3

Designed for those students who would like to complete 2 or more courses over the next year.

  • 1,000+ hours of premium CIMA study content
  • All Case Study/Objective Test Mock Exams included
  • Hundreds of hours of on-demand video lectures
  • Downloadable course notes covering entire syllabus
  • All materials automatically updated throughout year
Only £34 per course, saving you £1000s vs buying each course separately!
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Very helpful insights into the Case Study exams. Great explanations and examples!
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The value for money of this package is just next level. I was amazed by the quality of their videos, and the marked mocks were sensational.
Mabvuto Banda
I have passed my MCS exam on my 4th attempt but the first time using VIVA's course. The mock feedback was very informative. I will recommend you to my friends and expect me back for the Strategic level!
Shaminda Angodage
When I started VIVA's course I was not sure what to expect during the exam, but I feel much more confident now. Thank you so much to Kelly and the amazing team at VIVA!
Godson Kumah
I have passed my SCS using VIVA. I had failed 3 times with other tuition providers. The difference for me was expert feedback on the mock exams.
Autum Bressington
VIVA were absolutely key in my CIMA Strategic Case Study exam - where I received first position in the world! I felt extremely supported with VIVA throughout the course, and would recommend them to anybody. I just wish I had found them much earlier in my studies!
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Course FAQs

If I fail my exam, will I still have access to the VIVA course?

That depends on the plan you purchase. If you purchase a single case study course, you will have access for the duration of the relevant exam window (i.e. until the final CIMA exam date for that window). If you purchase a single objective test course, you will have 6 months of access to the course from the date of purchase. If you purchase the All Access membership, you will have access to the course (and all courses) for 12 months from the date of purchase. And don’t worry: your subscription/access will not auto-renew. You will be automatically notified when your access is due to expire, but you get to decide whether or not you would like to renew.

How is this course so cheap? I see other tuition providers charging thousands for single courses.

VIVA was born entirely online, and since day one has maintained a small team of dedicated experts. This low cost-base has allowed for relatively high investment in a streamlined online learning platform and high-quality production values. This in turn has allowed us to scale our tuition rapidly, reaching thousands of students across the world.

Our low cost-base and scaled delivery affords us the luxury of being able to charge radically lower prices for premium-grade courses than traditional, brick-and-mortar tuition providers (or online providers with bloated administration and sales teams who target and service large institutional clients).

What’s VIVA’s pass rate?

Due to GDPR restrictions, it is increasingly difficult to compile our students’ pass rates whether directly or via CIMA. However, VIVA has had consistently high pass rates over the years, and this is attested to by the fact that VIVA was awarded the prestigious Global Pass Rate Excellence Award in 2020 by CIMA itself.

Make sure to check out what students are saying about us here.

Can I download the video lessons, or view them offline?

No, the video lessons can only be viewed online on VIVA’s website and may not be downloaded due to copyright restrictions.

Does VIVA offer feedback/marking on students’ mock exam answers?

Yes. After you purchase a Case Study course or All Access membership with VIVA, you will be offered the chance to add marking services to your account. You will be able to purchase corrections for anywhere from 1 mock exam to 5 mock exams, and these can be used during any of the Case Study exam windows. Once you have 5 mock exams corrected (whether during one exam window or across several), you can repurchase corrections services as and when needed.

Case Study Elite course students have marking for 5 mock exams included as standard.

What if I don’t like the course? Is there some kind of money back guarantee?

Yes, if within 72 hours of purchasing you are not satisfied with VIVA’s course, you are entitled to claim an immediate refund - no questions asked.

I have another question that is not answered here. How can I get in touch with VIVA?

If you're still confused, just drop us an email at info@vivatuition.com, or use our live chat box (bottom right), and a member of the team will be happy to help.