CIMA BA1 Free Online Study Resources
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CIMA BA1 Free Online Exam Resources

In addition to all the free BA1 study resources you get when you sign up with Astranti, we’ve put together a selection of free, useful resources from across the web to help you get to grips with every aspect of the CIMA BA1 syllabus. 

We’ve organised all the resources according to the different syllabus elements, so if you’re stuck on a particular area you can use these articles to help you out. Click on the images below to take a look.

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BA1 Macroeconomic and institutional context of business: Syllabus weighting – 25%
Trade cycle
Using both an article and video, this link excellently describes each stage of the trade cycle. The boom then the bust is shown in diagram format, with the difference between a recession and a depression is clearly explained.
Principles of public finance 1
“The investment into the nature and principles of state expenditure and state revenue is called public finance” – Adam Smith. This article explains the concept of public finance.
Principles of public finance 2
“The investment into the nature and principles of state expenditure and state revenue is called public finance” – Adam Smith. This article explains the concept of public finance.
International trade 1
This easy-to-view animation describes international trade, it goes into weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of this. This is a useful revision video in preparation for your studying of macroeconomics.
International trade 2
This is a great website for stats on international trade, really useful for knowing import and exchange figures. This useful revision in preparation for your Certificate exams.

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BA1 Microeconomic and organisational context of business: Syllabus weighting – 30%
Sources of market failures 1
This article defines market failure, types of market failure with reference to externalities and how to overcome these failures.
Sources of market failures 2
This short video is a neat summary of market failure, it will give you a good insight of microeconomics.
Profit and non-profit seeking organisations
This article is detailed in comparing profit and non-profit organisations from a number of prospectives including tax and human resources. This will be useful in supporting your knowledge of CIMA BA1.
Price elasticity
This video uses animation and examples to effectively explain how much consumers react to price changes. The impacts of this are explain from a business owners and policymakers perspective. This is good material for understanding Microeconomics.
The price mechanism
This is a short revision video on some of the key functions of the price mechanism including the signalling and rationing function in the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses. This will be useful in supporting your CIMA BA1 revision.
Economies of scale
Brief overview of economies of scale, what they are and how they benefit businesses. Also includes dis-economies of scale and how are they are caused. This video will support your CIMA BA1 studies.
BA1 Informational context of business: Syllabus weighting – 20%
Big data and analytics 1
“Big data can be analysed with the software tools commonly used as part of advanced analytics disciplines such as predictive analytics, data mining, text analytics and statistical analysis.” This article effectively explains and shows examples of big data.
Big data and analytics 2
“Big data allows analysts, researchers, and business users to make better and faster decisions using data that was previously inaccessible or unusable.”
This short article sums up the three V’s that make up big data: high volume, high velocity, or high variety. This will support your BA1 revision.
Big data and analytics 3
This piece looks into the history, growth and importance of big data. This article is very clear and well presented with examples and diagrams.

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BA1 Financial context of business: Syllabus weighting – 25%
Financial assets, markets and institutions 1
“For an economy to operate effectively, consumers and businesses need a common medium of exchange and mechanisms to encourage some people to save, others to borrow and others to invest.”
Financial assets, markets and institutions 2
This article defines the concept of ‘Big Data’, this describes the characteristics of Big Data and the development of technology to manage it. The short video shows the scope of big data and it’s immense potential.
Commercial banks and credit creation
This article is detailed in explaining the role of commercial banks in credit creation alongside central banks. It goes into explaining the challenges and limitations of this. This will be useful in supporting your knowledge of CIMA BA1.
Role of central banks
Every country has a central bank, in the U.S. it is the Federal Reserve, in the UK it is the Bank of England and for Europe it is The European Central Bank. This short video neatly explains the primary function of a central bank, to manage the nation’s money supply. This will be useful in helping your CIMA BA1 revision.
Policies of exchange rates
This is a short revision video on some of the key functions of the price mechanism including the signalling and rationing function in the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses. This will be useful in supporting your knowledge of CIMA BA1.
Simple and compound interest
There are two basic types of interest: simple and compound. This article neatly explains both in detail with examples. This will be useful in supporting CIMA BA1 revision.
Impact of changes in interest and exchange rates
“When the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) changes its official interest rate – known as Bank Rate, it is attempting to influence the overall level of activity in the economy in order to keep the demand for, and supply of, goods and services roughly in balance.” This will be a useful in supporting your CIMA BA1 studies.

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