CIMA SCS November 2016: ADF

 

The final round of pre-seen materials for the November 2016 CIMA case study exams were published yesterday and the SCS students will focus on a company called ADF (Anderson Dairy Farming).

You can find the official pre-seen materials from CIMA on the SCS November 2016 exam here.

This SCS exam signals the end of the CIMA journey for those students who face it next so the next six weeks represents the most important in your CIMA studies!

With this in mind, the pre-seen video analysis provided by Astranti is the perfect starting point for getting to grips with the materials published by CIMA yesterday.

Good Luck!

ADF: Pre-Seen Video Analysis

SCS students will be taking on the role of Senior Manager in the Anderson Dairy Farming Company (ADF). So the tasks and questions you will face will be of a strategic nature as opposed to the more operational and mid-managerial level.

But first, we must get to grips with the pre-seen materials for ADF.

I would recommend going through the materials yourself, make notes and highlight the key information – then watch the pre-seen analysis from Astranti and align your notes accordingly.

Below is a pretty big preview video (57 minutes) of the full pre-seen analysis.

You can find the full set of videos on the November SCS here.

ADF: Strategic Analysis

By now, you should know the pattern we are going to take!

The strategic analysis of ADF should be under-taken so you get a firm grip on the strengths and weaknesses of the company and their overall strategy.

What markets are they operating?

What customers are they targeting?

What gives them their competitive advantage?

What are their competitors doing? 

The ideal model to use is the SWOT analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Anyhow the Strategic Analysis video will give you a great platform for understanding the strategy behind ADF.

You can find the full set of videos (including Strategic Analysis) on the November SCS here.

ADF: Top 10 Issues

Once you have understood the strategic analysis and performed the pre-seen analysis, you should have an idea of the kind of questions that will come up on exam day.

However, this can be very subjective and given the amount of information you need to digest it’s an almost impossible task to identify all of the syllabus areas and likely issues that could come up on exam day.

This is where the Top 10 Issues video gives you a focus and advice from a CIMA tutor on what they believe will come up on exam day regarding the ADF case study. It’s a great way to focus your studies in the lead up to exam day.

You can find the full set of videos (including the Top 10 Issues) on the November SCS here.

Astranti SCS Pass Guarantee

Finally, the full SCS course for the ADF case study covers all of the resources you will need for exam day – ranging from the videos mentioned above to online revision classes with mock exams and tutor feedback and marking.

You can find full details on the SCS course with pass guarantee here.

SCS Course Contents:

  • SCS study text (part 1 and 2)
  • Pre-seen analysis (video and text)
  • Strategic analysis (video and text)
  • Top 10 issues (video and text)
  • Industry analysis (video and text)
  • 2 x online master classes – each class is a full day revision (recorded and live)
  • 3 x online mock exams – answered with detailed tutor feedback
  • Ethics pack
  • Personal advice and guidance

CIMA SCS August 2016: AEN

It’s finally here. The SCS pre-seen material for the August sitting of the strategic level case study has been released by CIMA.

This, the final exam for many students, will be arguably the toughest exam you will face in becoming qualified. So get started now on your revision and exam preparation – I have put together below a series of video previews from Astranti will set you on the road to becoming CIMA qualified!

You can find the official pre-seen material for the August 2016 SCS from CIMA here.

AEN: Pre-Seen Video Analysis

Understanding the pre-seen material is crucial to achieving a pass mark on exam day. It makes up the basis and platform for the questions and topics you will face when sitting the exam, make sure you are 100% comfortable with the material.

Below is a preview of the pre-seen analysis for AEN.
You can find the full set of videos on the August SCS here.

AEN: Strategic Analysis

The strategic analysis of the SCS scenario AEN is up next, here you will begin to understand and think about the mission and strategic goals of the company.

You can find the full set of videos on the August SCS here.

AEN: Top 10 Issues

Finally, the top 10 issues video goes through the most likely topics to be examined in the strategic level case study. It looks at the company and pre-seen materials and pin-points syllabus areas which could well be examined. It’s a great way to get some focus when preparing for the SCS.

You can find the full set of videos on the August SCS here.

Astranti SCS Pass Guarantee

I passed the OCS last year using the Astranti videos (pre-seen analysis, Top 10 issues and Strategic analysis) and would thoroughly recommend them.

Here is what is included in the course.

  • SCS study text (part 1 and 2)
  • Pre-seen analysis (video and text)
  • Strategic analysis (video and text)
  • Top 10 issues (video and text)
  • Industry analysis (video and text)
  • 2 x online master classes – each class is a full day revision (recorded and live)
  • 3 x online mock exams – answered with detailed tutor feedback
  • Ethics pack
  • Personal advice and guidance

You can find full details on the SCS course with pass guarantee here.

Good Luck! And feel free to leave links to any additional materials SCS students would benefit from when sitting the exam in August.

May 2016 OCS, MCS, SCS: Industry Analysis

The pre-seen material for the May 2016 CIMA case study exams have been released for a good few weeks now, so you should have a good understanding of the case study scenario.

However, it’s crucial you complement your knowledge on the case study by researching the industry in question. To pass the CIMA case study exams you must be able to give full and comprehensive answers that cover the pre-seen material, unseen material, technical knowledge AND the real life industry analysis.

By ticking all of these boxes when writing your reports and email replies in the case study exam you’ll give yourself the best chance of passing.

See below for some useful links that will help you prepare for exam day. Meanwhile, Astranti have spent hours and hours doing the research for you, you can also find the industry analysis preview videos below.

Good Luck for those preparing for the May case study exams!

OCS May 2016 Case Study: Sanchez Navarra

Here are some useful links on the beauty and bath products industry that will help you understand the real life situation around Sanchez Navarra.

Market Research on bath and body products – taken from euromonitor.com

How to lead a successful bath and body business – taken from indiebusinessnetwork.com

Cosmetics manufacturing business plan – taken from bplans.com

 

You can find the full video of the OCS Industry Analysis here

MCS May 2016 Case Study: IC Optical

The opticians industry is an industry most of the population can relate to. If you don’t wear glasses then someone in your family usually does, so you should know something at least on how the industry works. Even if it’s just the expensive price lenses and frames cost!

Here are some useful links of the industry analysis and further down you will find a preview of the industry analysis from Astranti.

Opticians: Industry facts – taken from hoovers.com

Top 10 Business trends for the eye care industry – taken from eyecarebusiness.com

Opticians in the UK: A market research report – taken from ibisworld.co.uk

 

You can find the full video of the MCS Industry Analysis here

SCS May 2016 Case Study: Dreem Park

Finally, the Strategic level case study exam is focused on the theme park and amusement industry. Here are a few links on the trends and market reseach associated with Dreem Park – you can also watch a preview of the industry analysis that has been compiled by the guys at Astranti.

Amusement parks and attractions industry information – taken from iaapa.org

Theme Park industry trends and opportunities – taken from prnewswire.com

Park world online: industry news and info – taken from parkworld-online.com

You can find the full video of the SCS Industry Analysis here

CIMA SCS May 2016: DreemPark

The final batch of pre-seen materials have been released for the May 2016  CIMA case study exams. DreemPark is the company in question for the next Strategic Case Study (SCS) – you can find the official pre-seem material from CIMA here.

You’ll need to login to your CIMA connect account to access the pre-seen material.

Another resource that is worth looking at is the pre-seen SCS pre exam kit. You can find it here and it covers the following points.

  • How to use the pre-seen material.
  • Details of the “Ask a Tutor” session.
  • Student webinar: student exam success
  • Previous SCS post exam kits and feedback
  • Much, much more.

Meanwhile, Astranti have also released their pre-seen video series on the May 2016 SCS DreemPark. You can watch previews of the videos below, they will give you a great insight to the scenario and provide a good platform of knowledge when tackling the SCS.

DreemPark: Pre-Seen Analysis

The below video focuses on the May 2016 SCS pre-seen material page by page and highlights the key points you should be thinking about.

 

You can find the full series of videos for the May 2016 SCS here.

DreemPark: Strategic Analysis

The May 2016 SCS will represent the final exam for students and to achieve a pass mark you will need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the company in question. This video focuses on the strategic analysis of DreemPark and is a must watch for SCS students.

 

You can find the full series of videos for the May 2016 SCS here.

Astranti SCS Pass Guarantee

Astranti are so sure you will get a pass mark by taking their full case study course, that if you don’t pass they will give you the next full SCS course for free.

Here is what is included in the course.

  • SCS study text (part 1 and 2)
  • Pre-seen analysis (video and text)
  • Strategic analysis (video and text)
  • Top 10 issues (video and text)
  • Industry analysis (video and text)
  • 2 x online master classes – each class is a full day revision (recorded and live)
  • 3 x online mock exams – answered with detailed tutor feedback
  • Ethics pack
  • Personal advice and guidance

You can find full details on the SCS Course from Astranti here.

*I will update this post once more resources become available for the May 2016 SCS

CIMA SCS Feb 2016: Rio

The final set of links and resources for the February 2016 case studies are here. The Strategic level students have been given a company in the fashion retail industry called Rio.

CIMA released the Strategic Case Study pre-seen material last week and it’s available in full here.

A reminder that SCS exam sittings begin on the week of Monday 23rd February and the results will be released on 7th April 2016.

Rio Pre-Seen Video Analysis

You can find the full set of SCS preseen videos here

Rio Strategic Analysis

Here is a preview and a good insight to the Strategic analysis of Rio.

Strategic Master Class: Keys to passing SCS

Alongside the pre-seen and strategic analysis of the Feb 2016 SCS, there are a set of SCS masterclasses videos that tell you the keys to passing.

Astranti also offer a pass guarantee on all of their SCS Courses – which means if you fail the exam you will get the complete course free charge for the following sitting until you pass the exam.

If you have any other resources or links you would like to share then please leave them in the comments below so other students can access them. 

Good Luck with your studies!