Business Strategy and Technology
Business Strategy and Technology (BST)
BST is a 'skills-based' exam, so the examiners like to test your ability to absorb and analyse financial data and combine this with various pieces of non-financial and narrative information. Whilst the exam relies on a general working knowledge of business strategy, operations, accounting and finance, the examiners do not seek to test students' ability to learn and regurgitate the abstract management theories from the Study Manual.
Our tuition is appropriately exam focused and we will develop your exam technique by teaching you exactly how to read, interpret and analyse the exam paper, before showing you the specific technique you should use when generating points and typing your answer for each type of BST exam question.
You will be taught the BST exam strategies and techniques which resulted in your tutor winning several prizes from the ICAEW, including one for BST and another for the highest score in the world for the final Case Study exam (the Case Study examines the same skills as BST).
A small sample of our student feedback is included below:
Great tuition which focused on exam technique, which was of primary concern, especially as the exam has so little technical content. This focus was particularly helpful as I have always struggled with my writing style.
Exams tips were very helpful, especially the areas not to bother to concentrate on, which for an exam like BST was very important. I would definitely recommend the lessons to friends. I have signed up for CR and Case with Kieran and am looking forward to both.
Will (BS student who passed first time with us!)
The focus on exam technique was the difference for me between passing and failing. I was so much better prepared for the exam and the tuition was much better than college!
Ben (BS student who scored 72%)
What I found with my BST tuition with ACA Masters is that it helps you concentrate on exam strategy and technique using past questions to show you how to pass the mini-case study style question (about 40-45% of the paper).
Definitely recommend anyone who doesn't like wordy questions and integrating numbers in the exam, as passed on my 1st attempt.
Pankaj (BS student who passed first time with us!)
Got 76 in the business strategy paper! Thank you for your help!
Shivangi (A typical results day email)
Online BST Course
To get you through your BST exam with top marks, our prize-winning Senior ACA Tutor Kieran Doe has recorded an online video course. Each class works through a recent exam question in full in order to teach you how to read, interpret and analyse the exam paper information; how to analyse the data provided in the question; how to generate points to included in your answer; and how to type the answer in the most efficient, mark-maximising way. The exam techniques you will be taught are those which enabled your tutor to win several prizes from the ICAEW, including one for BST.
Having learnt exactly how you should be approaching the BST exam, you can then attempt other past exams to put these prize-winning exam technique skills to the test and watch your marks drastically improve (hopefully you will join our growing list of prize winners!)
The course structure is as follows:
How to Analyse the Financial Performance and Position of a Business
Performance Analysis, 'General' BST Questions and Ethics (Jun 19 Q1)
Performance Analysis, 'General' BST Questions and Ethics (Mar 18 Q1)
Performance Analysis and 'General' BST Questions (Jun 18 Q1)
Performance Analysis, 'General' BST Questions and Ethics (Sep 17 Q1)
Performance Analysis (Jun 17 Q1)
Financial Appraisal: Profit calculation, 'General' BST Questions and Ethics (Dec 19 Q2)
Financial Appraisal: Break-Even (Sep 18 Q2)
Financial Appraisal: Pricing Policy (Jun 16 Q2)
'Own ideas' Questions (Dec 19 Q3)
MI Revision: Management Decision-Making
FM Revision: Investment Appraisal
A sample from the course can be found below.
You can purchase each individual class for only £20 by clicking on the 'rent' icon below. You can then watch the class as many times as you need to ensure that you have learnt and mastered the exam techniques taught during the class. You can stream the classes directly below and view them on any device which has internet connection within the 72 hour viewing period. If you require access for longer than 72 hours, we suggest that you opt for the Full Course Offer - see below for details.
Full Course Offer
If you are struggling with a particular area, then one-to-one tuition is also available. We suggest that one-to-one tuition is used to supplement the tuition provided during the online classes to address any specific areas where you require intensive support.
Tuition fees are £75-85 p/hour depending on the seniority of the tutor.
Please contact us here if you wish to book.