BA (Hons) in Sustainable Performance Management

Manchester Metropolitan University Accounting, Banking and Finance Online

Program Description

BA (Hons) in Sustainable Performance Management

Manchester Metropolitan University Accounting, Banking and Finance Online

Welcome to Manchester Metropolitan University's BA Honours degree in Sustainable Performance Management. The BA Honours degree programme offers eligible CIMA students an exciting opportunity to gain an academic qualification from a leading UK business school.

The programme has been specifically designed to give students commercial insight and focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills to become successful finance and business professionals.

The BA Honours degree programme is delivered entirely online and gives students the flexibility to study for a well respected academic qualification. The programme is intended to have a one year duration and covers two units of learning. However, there are no set lecture times and students are able to work through the units at their own pace. This does not mean the student is 'on their own', with tailored interactive learning material, regular support from specialist academics and the ability to interact with fellow students, the learning experience is a rich and rewarding one.

The programme will introduce students to concepts and techniques that will build on their existing CIMA professional education and enable them to gain the award of BA Honours degree at the end of the programme.

Access to university facilities

As a BA Honours Sustainable Performance Management student you will have access to the following materials and support:

  • Sophisticated online learning materials for your courses.
  • Dedicated academic tutor support on each of the programme units.
  • Learning examples and tutor feedback to help hone your skills.
  • Manchester Metropolitan University's extensive business library.

Academic tutor support

Specialist academic tutors will support you throughout your progress through the learning units in the programme. Your tutors will be specialists in their area with academic and commercial experience to help you gain the most from the programme and achieve your full potential.

As well as the student focused learning materials and formative assessment feedback that is provided, your tutors will be available to answer questions you may have whilst on your course. Tutors will provide feedback and guidance each week to the most common questions that students have raised.

Am I eligible?

CIMA prerequisites

This part-time, distance-learning, online programme is for people who have passed the management level of the CIMA Professional syllabus. The course is designed to develop your commercial acumen and to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a successful professional working in the finance or business sectors.

You must be an active CIMA student or member and have completed the Management level of the professional syllabus. You must have attained a pass mark from at least one of the papers at the Management Level of the Professional syllabus since 2010. This does not include exemptions. Students who have passed the management level case study exam and received the Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting, under the 2015 syllabus, are also eligible.

Manchester Metropolitan University and CIMA reserve the right to refuse to accept students onto this Programme.

Programme overview

The BA Honours degree in Sustainable Performance Management is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to become effective finance and business professionals. The programme covers two units, 'Accounting and Management Control Systems' and 'Ethics and Sustainability Accounting'. Each module covers a range of academic material and is concentrated on the commercial application of the knowledge and techniques.


Course format and duration

The BA Honours degree in Sustainable Performance Management programme is made up of two units, Accounting and Management Control Systems and Ethics and Sustainability Accounting. In order to complete the programme, both units must be studied and their assignments passed.

The programme is designed to last for one year, with the units studied one after another. Once students have submitted assignments for their first unit of study and the assignment submission period has closed, the second unit of study is then open for students to begin.

The next available registration dates are outlined in the table below. From the formal start of the programme your tutor will be available to pose questions to and provide you with guidance, right the way up until the assignment submission period. However, if you have successfully enrolled on the course before the formal start date, you will be able to access the online learning environment and begin your studies if you choose to.


Each unit comprises of 20 sessions of online learning. Each session comprises of approximately one hour of taught learning material and is designed to engage students and offer interactive features to enhance the learning experience. Together with the taught learning material, students are directed to recommended reading from the University's online library and at the end of each session there are a series of formative learning exercises to enable students to consolidate their learning and practice new techniques introduced. The online material and tutor interaction is intended to guide the student toward the submission of the assignments.

It is expected that students complete the programme within one year, for more information on the assignments and submission dates please see Assessment section.

Formative learning

As part of each unit there will be a series of formative learning exercises at the end of each session. These exercises are not formally assessed and are designed to help students consolidate their learning from the session.

The exercises are fully interactive with answers provided and guidance given on more discursive questions. Typically, each session will include a Quiz and two longer questions, that are designed to develop students' understanding and competence.

Students will have the ability to discuss topics and questions with their peers. An academic tutor for each unit will also be on hand each week to answer questions and provide guidance to students.

Academic and course requirements

The units within the programme are assessed via a number of assignments, see the Assessment section for further details. The assignments will include the production of an academic report. To assist students with this, each unit includes sessions that introduce the required academic skills of: researching, referencing and report writing. These 'skills' sessions give students a thorough understanding of these academic disciplines and guide them through their practical application using commercial illustrations and examples of best practice.

The programme is also designed to encourage students to share their views on the topics studied and explore areas of their learning. To facilitate this, the unit tutors will raise four topics for discussion throughout the learning phase of the unit that students are expected to take part in.

The commercial focus of the units is designed to allow students to relate their academic learning to their careers. Reflection upon topics studied is therefore an important part of the course.

Features and benefits of the course

  • This programme draws on the unique global partnership between CIMA and Manchester Metropolitan University to give CIMA students the opportunity to gain an Honours degree.
  • Since the programme is delivered entirely online you do not have to travel to Manchester and can study from home.
  • You will receive extensive support from specialist academic tutors and have online access to extensive library and research material.

Manchester Metropolitan University and CIMA have combined together to offer CIMA students and members a unique opportunity to top-up their existing Management level CIMA qualifications to a BA Honours degree. This one year online course provides you with a study programme to fit around your life and you will be supported by our expert academic tutors to make sure you achieve your potential.

Registration is now open for the March intake. If you have questions about registering for the course, please email

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £1,750 studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government approval, and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Distance learning fee: £1,750 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Please note you will also need to pay CIMA membership, subscription and registration fees and these are paid directly to CIMA.

Last updated September 28, 2017
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