Hi all, I am planning studying CIMA by applying for the Master's Gateway route. I know I have to go through the E2, P2 and F2 before studying for the case study. However, my main concern is whether I would have any prior knowledge gaps.
Has anyone studied CIMA through this route and how was it? Did you have to go back and look at F1 for example?
You should get your degree assessed by CIMA first as you may be eligible for some course exemptions (for E2 or P2 or F2).
After assessment, if you are not exempted for any of E2, P2 or F2, then you will have to take them first before getting to the Case Study exam.
I believe many have taken this route as I've taught many students who've gone through Gateway. There is some knowledge gap but it is not a major issue. If you were to take the Objective Tests, then you should only be tested on E2, P2 and/or F2 specifically. If you get to the Case Study, this is when some gaps appear, but again, nothing major as the bulk of the exams are concentrated/focused on E2, P2 and F2 topics. I normally advise students to get familiar with the lower level topics if it appears to be a likely issue in the case study material. F1 is tricky since for case studies, this includes accounting standards covering PPE, inventory and impairment. I'd say a quick read through to understand the concept should be enough. You would not be heavily tested on the topic but should have the basic knowledge.
Hope this helps.
If you need some help with courses, Astranti has various offerings on the different CIMA levels. For E2, P2 or F2 - check here. For Gateway Case Study (which is at the management level) - check here.