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ACCA Strategic Business Leader
How to prepare for the exam

The ACCA Strategic Business Leader (SBL) syllabus requires students to demonstrate professional skills in organisational leadership and senior consultancy or advisory capabilities within the context of an integrated case study.

It differs significantly from other exams at the same level, as SBL focuses on the application of knowledge to a case.


Therefore, the essential knowledge and skills assumed for SBL cover topics from the examinations in the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills levels. Subjects such as governance, internal audit, control, risk, finance, management, and code of ethics are frequently featured in SBL exam questions.

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In addition to knowledge and skills, what sets SBL apart is how students apply that knowledge and skills to a specific case. Simply studying textbooks and practicing questions is unlikely to lead to success.

An experienced tutor can assist you in understanding rather than rote memorization, enabling you to apply your knowledge effectively to any question that comes your way, particularly with the newly introduced pre-seen materials guidance.

Preparing ACCA SBL Exam - Step-by-step

We suggest the following step-by-step approach to preparing for the ACCA SBL exam to increase your chances of passing -

1. Completion of Ethics and Professional Skills Module;

2. Revision of key concepts in ACCA Business & Technology and Applied Skills examinations;

3. Study the whole syllabus and practice ACCA SBL questions;

4. Focus on pre-seen materials and prepare for questions to be seen in exam day.

ACCA SBL Online Courses
SBL Course

Paul Russell

Teaches: TX (UK), SBL


Paul Russell is an experienced Financial and Taxation Accountant with broad accomplishments in lecturing and tutoring students across the ACCA SBL and Taxation (UK) syllabi. Successfully harnesses over 35 years financial experience to teach students at professional academies and on a 1:1 basis. 

Specialist expertise in taxation and accounting syllabus content, providing students with knowledge that enables them to maximise exam results and achieve national exam prizes.

  • How do I access the online course materials?
    Our online learning platform is compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, Android, Mac OS, and iOS. You can access our platform using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. However, for a superior learning experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop device.
  • Is there a specific schedule for the course, or can I study at my own pace?
    Our online tuition are designed as on-demand courses, allowing you the flexibility to study at your own pace. While we provide a suggested sequence for the course content, you have the freedom to begin your studies in any area you prefer. Our courses remain open to students for 16 weeks. Please note that after this period, access to the course will no longer be available.
  • Can I interact with the tutor or ask questions during the course?
    Sure! Our tutor is available for support via email. Please note that response times may vary depending on different time zones. However, we strive to respond to inquiries within 12 hours to ensure timely assistance. The email support will be ended once the course is finished.
  • Will I receive a certificate or any form of recognition upon completion?
    We do not provide certificates for course completion. However, if you require proof of your course participation, please send a request to our email address: We will be happy to assist you.
  • Are there any practices or mock exams during the course?
    Absolutely! One of our strengths lies in our course design, which emphasizes practice and mock exams. We follow a step-by-step learning approach, where practice questions are provided after each chapter, and a comprehensive mock exam is offered after the completion of a taught course. Additionally, our revision course includes revision questions and two additional mock exams. These components are specifically designed to enhance your knowledge and boost your confidence level for the actual exam.
  • Are there any additional costs associated with the course, such as textbooks or supplementary materials?
    No. The fee you pay including all online lecture notes, practices and mock exams.
  • How can I purchase the online course?
    To purchase a course, simply navigate to the Course page and choose the specific course you are interested in. Click on the "Register Now" button and you will be redirected to a payment page. Then, you input the credit card or debit card details and once all information are input, click "Buy Now" button to proceed.
  • Can I access the online course once the payment is made?
    In most cases, once payment is made, students can immediately access our online learning platform. After logging in as a member, you can navigate to the "My Program" section, where your online course will be available. However, in rare instances, we may encounter difficulties verifying your payment, resulting in a temporary hold on your access to the online platform. If you experience such an issue, we recommend contacting your credit card or debit card company to address any potential payment-related concerns.
  • Why do I need to provice my ACCA student number to you?
    In order to enhance both the quality of our courses and students' chances of passing the exam, we participate in the ACCA result service. We require your ACCA student number, student name, and date of birth. Please note that this information will only be shared with the ACCA for the explicit purpose of facilitating the ACCA result service. The data will be destroyed once the course is ended.
  • Is there a refund policy if I am unable to complete the course?
    We do not offer refunds after purchase. However, we do provide an option to defer your enrollment once to the next exam, given you can provide proof of exam registration. Please note that there may be a charge associated with the deferral. Therefore, we strongly recommend carefully considering any commitments that may affect your studies before enrolling and selecting the exam you wish to study for wisely.
Knowledge Recap and Self-Check Quizzes
Self Check Quiz

Strategic Business Leader builds upon the fundamental concepts studied in prior stages of the ACCA qualification, such as governance, ethics, risk management, internal control, strategy, and leadership.

Self-check quizzes and knowledge recap practices are provided to assess your foundational knowledge and assist you in efficiently preparing for your next exam.

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