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BIMS Partner_Guide_2011_Edition

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Content l l l l l l l l l l Qualifications Progressions Partner Approval Recruitment Registration HDA Papers Exam Schedule Exam Format Assessment Disclaimer Page_03 Page_04 Page_05 Page_06 Page_07 Page_08 Page_09 Page_10 Page_11 Page_12 .

Qualifications ACCREDITATION & AWARDING BODY l l l l Higher Diploma in Accounting (HDA) is awarded by BIMS Higher Diploma in Accounting (HDA) is accredited by ICAEW Higher National Diploma in Accounting (HNDA) is awarded by Edexcel Higher National Diploma in Accounting (HNDA) is accredited by ACCA HDA & HNDA: DUAL CERTIFICATES l l l HDA qualification consists of 9 exams HDA qualification broadly covers all learning outcomes of HNDA As per recognition of prior learning policies of BIMS. graduates will get two certificates a) Higher Diploma in Accounting (HDA) b) Higher National Diploma in Accounting (HNDA) 3 .

F1. F5. F4. F2. 1. UK 4 . Students will get exemption from 8 papers of the ACA qualification of ICAEW 2. Students will get exemption from 6 papers (i. Students will get final year entry to BA/ B. 4.Progressions PROGRESSIONS WITH HDA CERTIFICATE After completing Higher Diploma in Accounting (HDA). F6) of the ACCA qualification 4. 1. Students will get exemption from 5 papers of the CFAB qualification awarded by ICAEW 3. Students will get exemption from all papers of Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) and Foundation in Accounting (FIA) qualifications 3. Malaysia. Students will get all papers exemption from AFA Qualification awarded by the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA). Sri Lanka. degrees offered by different universities in the UK 2. F3. Hong Kong.e. UK through the university-partners in Singapore. Students will get full exemption from "International Accounting Technician" qualification from UK PROGRESSIONS WITH HNDA CERTIFICATE After receiving Higher National Diploma in Accounting (HNDA) certificate. Students will get final year entry to BBA degree awarded by Heriot-Watt University.Sc. etc.

external and internal communication systems. For the purposes of approval. documentation & storage facility and computing & internet facilities. APPROVAL Once a distance learning partner is approved. management systems. a partner needs to be approved by BIMS. Partner approval criteria are: human resource. administrative support. academic support. logistics required for conducting external exams. arrangements for verifying student identity. learner support system. physical resource. 5 . Each branch/campus of a partner will be treated separately for approval purposes. The partner will be authorised to start marketing the qualifications after receiving the approval certificate. arrangements for payment of finances. an approval certificate would be sent to the partner through e-channels. a prospective partner will be inspected and audited by (the representative of) BIMS. centre policies and procedures.Partner Approval APPROVAL CRITERIA For the tuition support of HDA distance learning programme. arrangements for administration of learners. staff resource.

students who have passed GCE A-Level or equivalent qualification are likely to cope better with HDA qualification. If a student has completed or partly completed any recognised professional qualification and/or academic degree s/he may become eligible for advanced standing into the HDA qualification. Distance Learning Partners are required to recruit learners to qualifications with integrity. Typically. This assessment will need to take account of the support available to the learner within the partner centre during their programme.Recruitment ADMISSION POLICY The qualifications should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards. Partners MUST consult and submit appropriate documents to BIMS before confirming the final decisions of advanced standing to any student. 6 . ADVANCED STANDING At the time of admission. a student can be guided on the advanced standing into the qualification. Partners should take appropriate steps to assess each applicant's potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to successfully complete the programme of study. Decisions of advanced standing will be provided at the sole discretion of BIMS. Learners aged 15 and under cannot be registered for the qualifications.

Payments for registration must be received by BIMS within 7 days of online registration. The registration will be valid for three years from the date of registration. REGISTRATION TIMELINE All partners are recommended to register students by the third week of every month through www.bimsedu.Registration REGISTRATION FOR HDA All students can be registered with BIMS at the time of admission with the partner. That is. It should be noted that the registration fee is subject to periodic increment at the sole discretion of BIMS. 7 . if a student's registration payment has been made on the 31st August of 2010. all students should pay BIMS registration fees before they start any class.com. A student can sit for his/her first exam(s) only if his/her registration payment has been received at least 3 months before the first exam appearance. the candidate can sit for his/her first exam earliest on 1st December 2010. Students failing to complete HDA within this period will be required to reregister themselves. For example. Partner centres are required to refer to the document of Fee Structure for current registration fees.

HDA Papers PAPERS IN HDA A candidate MUST pass 9 exams to become HDA graduate. The table below outlines the qualification structure: ID Paper Title Exam Type Study Materials H1 H2 H3 H4 H5 H6 H7 H8 H9 H9 Financial Accounting (International) Management Accounting Advanced Financial Accounting Financial Management Auditing Taxation (UK) Business Law & Company Law (Global) Advanced Management Accounting Business Strategy (Part I) Business Strategy (Part II) Computer Based Exam (CBE) Computer Based Exam (CBE) N/A Monthly Paper Based Exam Computer Based Exam (CBE) Monthly Paper Based Exam Monthly Paper Based Exam Monthly Paper Based Exam Computer Based Exam (CBE) Monthly Paper Based Exam Same as ACCA Same as ACCA Currently Not Offered Same as ICAEW Same as ICAEW Same as ACCA Same as ACCA Same as ACCA Same as ICAEW Same as ICAEW 8 .

9 . Monthly exams are held from the 1st day to the 5th day of every month as per following schedule: DAY 1st Day 2nd Day 3rd Day 4th Day 5th Day AVAILABILITY Every month Every month Every month Every month Every month PAPERS H4 H6 H7 H8 H9 (Part II) Exam start time Morning Session Morning Session Morning Session Morning Session Morning Session BIMS reserves the right to cancel/change above schedule.Exam Schedule MONTHLY EXAM SCHEDULE For (monthly) paper based examination. H2. BIMS allow a maximum of 2 papers per exam-sitting for any month. H5 and H9 (Part I) at the request of the partner centre. COMPUTER BASED EXAMS On-demand computer based exams are available for four papers: H1.

50 MCQ each carrying 2 marks. 50 MCQ each carrying 2 marks. ACCA F2 Standard MCQs Exam Duration: 150 Min. ICAEW Business Strategy standard questions and exam structure Examination format may be subject to periodic review and alteration by BIMS. ACCA F6 (UK) standard questions and exam structure Exam Duration: 195 Min. ICAEW Assurance Standard MCQs Exam Duration: 195 Min. 50 MCQ each carrying 2 marks. 50 MCQ each carrying 2 marks.Exam Format EXAMINATION FORMAT Marking and Grading for HDA has been outlined in following table: ID H1 H2 H4 H5 H6 H7 H8 Assessment Structure 50 MCQs 50 MCQs Written Questions 50 MCQs Written Questions Written Questions Written Questions Distinction Marks 96 96 80 96 80 80 80 96 80 Merit Marks 76 76 65 76 65 65 65 76 65 Pass Marks 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 Exam Duration: 150 Min. ACCA F3 Standard MCQs Exam Duration: 150 Min. ACCA F4 (Global) standard questions and exam structure Exam Duration: 195 Min. ICAEW Financial Management standard questions and exam structure Exam Duration: 150 Min. ACCA F5 standard questions and exam structure H9 (I) 50 MCQs H9 (II) Written Questions Exam Duration: 150 Min. 10 . ICAEW Business & Finance Standard MCQs Exam Duration: 150 Min.

Assessment PAPER BASED EXAMS l l l l l l All exams will be set by BIMS Monthly exam papers will be available for download from www.com Partners are required to print exam papers in excellent quality papers Answer booklet to be prepared by the partner as per guideline provided by BIMS Examination will be conducted and invigilated by the Partner as per schedule BIMS reserves the right to inspect any exam venue without providing any notice in any form l All answer scripts should be sent back to BIMS by the 6th day of every month through registered courier services l All answer scripts will be assessed by BIMS within three weeks from the date of receiving the answer scripts at BIMS.com on the last date of every month l Partners are allowed to submit appeal for re-assessment on behalf of the students within 7 days from the date of announcement of result COMPUTER BASED EXAMS l Assessment for computer based exams will be done electronically 11 .bimsedu. l l All costs related to postage will be borne by the partner centre Final Marks and grades will be updated at www.bimsedu.

12 . BIMS reserves the right to change any part of this document without providing any notice to any stakeholders. BIMS cannot guarantee that existing level of recognitions and exemptions will also be available in the future. BIMS cannot be held responsible for future changes and amendments made into this document.Disclaimer DISCLAIMER All information contained in this edition of BIMS partner-guide is correct at the time of publication. Respective awarding bodies periodically review their recognition and exemption decisions towards qualifications developed by BIMS.

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