Syllabus for ACCA P4 develops upon the core financial management knowledge and skills covered in the ACCA F9 Syllabus, Financial Management, syllabus at the Fundamentals level and prepares candidates to advise management and/or clients on complex strategic financial management issues facing an organisation.
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ACCA P4 syllabus starts by exploring the role and responsibility of a senior executive or advisor in meeting competing needs of stakeholders within the business environment of multinationals. The syllabus then re-examines investment and financing decisions, with the emphasis moving towards the strategic consequences of making such decisions in a domestic, as well as international, context. Candidates are then expected to develop further advisory skills in planning strategic acquisitions and mergers and corporate re-organisations.
The next part of the syllabus for P4 re-examines, in the broadest sense, the existence of risks in business and the sophisticated strategies which are employed in order to manage such risks. It builds on what candidates would have covered in the F9, Financial Management, syllabus and the P1,Governance, Risk and Ethics, syllabus. The syllabus finishes by examining the impact of emerging issues in finance.
The examination will be a three-hour paper in two sections:
Section A will contain a compulsory question, comprising of 50 marks. Section A will normally cover significant issues relevant to the senior financial manager or advisor and will be set in the form of a case study or scenario. The requirements of the section A question are such that candidates will be expected to show a comprehensive understanding of issues from across the syllabus. The question will contain a mix of computational and discursive elements.
In section B candidates will be asked to answer two from three questions, comprising of 25 marks each. Section B questions are designed to provide a more focused test of the syllabus. Questions will normally contain a mix of computational and discursive elements, but may also be wholly discursive or evaluative where computations are already provided.
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