The Strategic Business Leader (SBL) exam is designed to reflect the actual workplace and presents the student with real-world challenges. Students have to complete a number of tasks and must demonstrate that they have the right technical, ethical and professional skills to add value to the organizations they work in.
The syllabus brings together core areas from governance, risk and strategy, links to other leadership areas such as organizational control, innovation and change management – and uses new technologies and data analytics. All of these elements combine to produce a powerful, unique way of assessing whether a student is ready to hit the ground running when they start their career.
Technical areas consist of 80 marks out of 100. SBL combines earlier P1 and P3 syllabus (with some exclusions) and addition of few new topics like disruptive technologies, cloud computing, shared services, etc. Following are the core syllabus areas:
Technology & Data Analytics
Organizational Control & Audit
Finance in Planning & Decision Making
Innovation, Performance & Change Management
Professional skills consist of 20 marks out of 100. This is a significant portion of SBL paper (representing 20% of the total marks). Professional skills have been properly structured into five different areas:
Commercial acumen skill
Self-study programs with chapter wise video lectures, study material and practice bank.
Live teaching sessions with recorded facility
Easy access to e-study material including comprehensive study notes, revision notes, summary notes.
Extensive practice bank based on real exam environment
Mock test with marking and review facility from subjects experts
24/7 tutor support
Upon successful completion of this paper, student will be able to:
Read a large integrated case study with exhibits and understand the problems organization is facing
Provide realistic and practical solutions using technical knowledge
Demonstrate high level of professional skills
Use various formats such as reports, briefing paper, press release, presentation slides, letter, business case, etc.
Able to execute different roles such as finance manager, audit manager, non-executive director, consultant, etc.
Change writing style keeping in mind the target audience, e.g. chairman, director finance, shareholders, press, public, regulator, etc.