Operational Level

P1 Objective Test

  • 10 hours of on-demand video lectures by a subject expert
  • 500+ post-chapter CIMA-grade practice questions
  • 5 Mock Exams of 60 questions each
  • Downloadable course notes covering the entire syllabus
The course is on-demand. Access lasts 6 months from the purchase date.
what will you be learning?

Course Syllabus

Why costing is done and what it is used for, including appropriate costing methods and techniques and where digital costing might be used.

How budgets are prepared and implemented across the organisation, the impact these have, and how techniques are applied to ensure sound short term decision making, against a backdrop of risk and uncertainty, by using appropriate risk management tools.

Pre-course work
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Objective Test Success
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A set of induction lectures easing you into the world of Objective Test exams - covering the structure of the CIMA professional qualification, where P1 fits in, what the exam looks like, how best to prepare, and some tried and trusted exam day techniques.
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P1 Overview Videos
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Now it’s time to turn our attention to the subject itself, with this series of overview videos covering the main topics and themes included in P1 Management Accounting. A good place to start for those new to the subject, as you’ll get a flavour of everything from cost accounting for decision and control, to budgeting and budget control, short-term commercial decision making and risk and uncertainty in the short-term.
Week 1
10 hours of tuition
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Costing
We start the course with the foundational topic of Costing. This series of video lectures will explain, in plain English and in comprehensive detail, the technical aspects of costing including costing definitions, costing behaviour, costing for different types of organisations, digital costing, and the CGMA cost transformation model. 38 exam-grade questions await you at the end of the chapter, where you get to test your understanding in VIVA’s online exam simulator.
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Full Cost Techniques
This series of lectures will train you in the nuts and bolts of full costing techniques. You’ll learn about overhead absorption rates, over and under absorption, activity based costing, types of activities and drivers, and more. Then you get to put yourself to the test with 34 CIMA-grade questions
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Marginal Cost Techniques
In this chapter we get to grips with marginal costing techniques. We explain the nature of marginal costing, advantages and disadvantages, pricing strategies, the theory of constraints, and throughput accounting. Top off your learning with 30 challenging exam questions.
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Standard Costing and Variance Analysis
Often considered some of the trickier topics in here, but our expert tutors break it all down for you in simple terms in this series of video lectures. By the end of this chapter you’ll understand the standards in standard costing, material variances, labour variances, variable overhead variances, and much more. Round it all off again with 51 CIMA-standard exam questions.
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Further Variance Analysis
Here you’ll really master your understanding of variances, with a series of lessons on sales mix and quantity variances, planning and operational variances, and advantages and disadvantages associated with both. Make sure you’ve understood the material with 30 more chapter test questions.
Week 2
7 hours of tuition
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Rationale for Budgets
Shifting the focus now to budgeting, in this set of lectures you will learn all about the purpose of budgets, different types of planning, incremental budgeting, rolling budgets, zero based budgeting, and more. Test your understanding with 41 exam-style questions.
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Budgeting Concepts
Here you’ll be trained in some key budgeting concepts, such as budget responsibility, linear regressions, time series analysis and the high low method. More tricky practice questions await - 50 in total!
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Budgetary Control
Now that you’ve grounded yourself in the key concepts and purposes of budgets, it’s time to learn about how you actually implement and control budgets. This series of lectures covers flexible and flexed budgets, responsibility accounting, feedback and feedforward control, and more besides. Top off your learning with 39 exam questions.
Week 3
6.5 hours of tuition
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Short-term Decision Making
We turn our focus now to commercial decision making. In this chapter you will learn about relevant costs, non-relevant costs, cost treatments, using relevant cost principles in decision making, and non-financial factors. 44 exam-grade questions will ensure your understanding.
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Models for Decision Making
In this chapter you’ll get a handle on some key frameworks to deploy in the context of commercial decision making. We cover single product breakeven, multi-product breakeven, data visualisation, and other decision making models. A 43 question test consolidates your learning.
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Limiting Factor Analysis
Here you’ll learn about single limiting factors, shadow prices, graphical linear programming, simultaneous equations, and some other key technical principles.44 CIMA-grade exam questions will test your understanding.
Week 4
3 hours of tuition
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Risk and Uncertainty in Decision Making
Our final chapter rounds out the treatment of decision making by looking at how risk and uncertainty constrain and inform decisions, and - crucially - how risk and uncertainty differ from each other. You’ll learn about expected values and standard deviation, perfect information, decision trees and other useful techniques. The final batch of post-chapter questions presents you with a whopping 70 chances to prove your understanding!
Week 5
7.5 hours of tuition
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Mock Exam
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Mock Exam 1
Now it’s time to get down to business with VIVA’s first complete, CIMA-style mock exam. Replicate the real-life P1 exam and master your technique by taking 60 questions in 90 minutes.
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Mock Exam 3
Mock 3 includes yet more original questions on P1, again replicating timed exam conditions.
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Mock Exam 2
Our second mock exam includes a further 60 unique exam-grade questions under timed conditions.
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Mock Exam 4
Need some extra practice before your exam? Our fourth mock exam compiles a random selection of 60 questions from across the entire bank of post-chapter questions.
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Mock Exam 5
One more post-chapter compilation for good measure - 60 exam-grade questions in 90 minutes to give you that extra bit of confidence on exam day!
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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
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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
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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
Hugh Martin

As VIVA's Director of CIMA, Hugh has in-depth expertise of the CIMA syllabus. CGMA Hugh knows a thing or two about how to ace CIMA exams: he passed four exams in four months and placed 1st in Ireland for the Operational Case Study exam.

Hugh has taught right across the CIMA syllabus, but he specialises in case studies (OCS, MCS and SCS). He also teaches VIVA's P1 course.

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

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P1 Objective Test
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.

P1 Objective Test
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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.

P1 Objective Test
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Access to the P1 Objective Test Course until the end of the chosen exam window.

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Ideal for those who are soon sitting the P1 Objective Test but are unsure of their future study plans.

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Unlimited access to all CIMA Courses for 12 months, inc all Case Study & Objective Test mock exams
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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

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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
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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.

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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.

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.

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