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 Workbook.
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).
What Students Say
"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 (BST student who passed first time with us!)
"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 (BST student who passed first time with us!)
"I first discovered ACA Masters via a sample video on their YouTube channel. I was impressed by how the exam technique and method was broken down and focused towards each ACA exam. The masterclass videos are filled with valuable and quality content. They cover key core areas of the syllabus and also dedicated popular tricky topics videos. I would 100% recommend and will look to use again for my next set of sittings."
Sion (BST resit student who passed first time with us!)
"I first used Kieran's materials when I failed MI and after getting 80 something in my resit, knew I would continue to use his classes for the remainder of my exams! He clearly breaks down exam technique and difficult topics finding easy ways to explain and demonstrate tricky concepts. I have since bought his FM and BST recorded classes and notes and recently got my exams results. I got 86 in FM and 73 in BST! So so pleased with these marks. Thanks for all your help and looking forward to your classes for Case and Corporate reporting!"
AG (BST 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 (BST student who scored 72%)
"Got 76 in the Business Strategy paper! Thank you for your help!"
Shivangi (A typical results day email)
BST Video Course
To get you through your BST exam with top marks, our prize-winning Senior ACA Tutor Kieran Doe has recorded a 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 each type of BST exam question, 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: Variance Analysis
MI Revision: Management Decision-Making
MI/FM Revision: Investment Appraisal
A sample from the course can be viewed 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
Please note that our study materials are sold separately - see below.
Our prize-winning ACA tutor, Kieran Doe, has developed our unique BST Study Materials which include learning notes, master plans and exam technique guidance.
BST Learning Notes
Whilst the BST exam does not test learnt knowledge in great detail (unlike FAR, TC and FM), you do need to have understood and learnt the key points for each area. Therefore, our BST Learning Notes concisely summarise the essential knowledge so you can focus on what you actually need to know to pass the exam.
Exam Technique Guidance
As the BST exam does not test knowledge in detail, exam technique is of critical importance. Therefore, we have included exam technique guidance for each type of BST question. This contains detailed advice on how you should approach each type of BST exam question and the points to include in your answer.
BST Master Plan
To ensure that you use your study time as effectively as possible, we have categorised the recent BST exam questions into 'types'. Having read the exam technique guidance for a particular type of BST exam question, you can then practice several of those questions one after another until you master them. There is also a reference to how frequently that type of question appears in the exam, the extent to which it is examined and the BST video class which demonstrates the exact exam technique to use for that type of question.
A sample is available to view below.
Payment and Delivery
The price for the full package of our BST study materials is £40. You can purchase by clicking below; if you wish to use another payment method then please contact us.
Once payment has been received, you will receive the materials via email within 48 hours. Please ensure that you check your junk mail in case your email settings divert our email to junk.
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 video classes to address any specific areas where you require intensive support.
Tuition fees are £95 per hour.
Please contact us here if you wish to book.