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What isOCS All About

and how can we help you prepare and pass



Revise E1, P1 and F1 papers, from the Case Study POV



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How to study for the OCS exam?

At the Operational level, you assume a critical role as a finance officer. The Capstone Case Study Examination is designed to create a simulated context where candidates can demonstrate their mastery of the essential knowledge, skills, techniques, and mindset necessary for this role.

Our cutting-edge study material is the ultimate preparation tool, featuring:

  • Comprehensive technical knowledge review
  • In-depth analysis of the current industry landscape
  • A wealth of writing practice opportunities through mocks and tasks
  • And much more

Don't miss our video on the right side of the page, where we show you how PTA's quality study materials can help you pass your OCS with confidence from Nov'23-Feb'24. The first three minutes provide an overview of the OCS and our study packages. The remaining five minutes offer a detailed presentation of everything included in our comprehensive Study Material and Online Course. Invest in your future with PTA.

What is being examined

The Case Study Examination provides a simulated context which allows learners to demonstrate that they have acquired the required knowledge, skills, techniques and mindset for that role. Those six core activities are:

  1. Prepare costing information for different purposes to meet the needs of management (12-18%)
  2. Prepare budget information and assess its use for planning and control purposes (17-25%)
  3. Analyse performance using financial and nonfinancial information (17-25%)
  4. Apply relevant financial reporting standards and corporate governance, ethical and tax principles (12-18%)
  5. Prepare information to support short-term decision-making (17-25%)
  6. Prepare information to manage working capital (7-13%)

Each of those core activities includes sa called "I can statements". 

Examination approach
  • The examination lasts three hours. A 15-minute tutorial is available before the start of the examination to allow candidates to familiarise themselves with the test driver.
  • The examination has four sections (tasks), which are each 45-minutes long. All sections are equally weighted. Candidates may finish a section early and move on to the next but cannot return to previous sections in the time remaining.
  • There may be more than one sub-task within each section and an indication of how long to spend on each sub-task will be given to allow candidates to manage their time. If no weighting is given, then candidates should assume that the sub-tasks are equally weighted.
  • More than one core activity will normally be assessed in each section/task and the order of core activities and assessment outcomes in the blueprint does not reflect how these might be structured in the examination.
  • All core activities will be assessed in each form of the examination in line with the weightings. 
  • The examination requires constructed, written responses from candidates in the format of a range of business communications (for example, emails, memos, reports and briefing notes).

Our CIMA Operational
Case Study Packages

Whether you are a beginner student seeking hands-on support, or an advanced student
who knows exactly what they are looking for, we have the perfect OCS package to suit you!


   Preseen Analysis Set
   Theory Revisions
   3 Mocks + 15 Tasks

   incl. OCS Essential pack
   5 Mocks in total
   1 Mock Marking Service

   incl. OCS Advanced pack
   6 Mocks in total
   3 Mocks Marking Service

   incl. OCS Master pack
   3 x personal lessons
   5 Mocks Marking Service


key facts
about the
OCS exam


Context, not calculations

You are expected to provide answers that contain context, not calculations. You need to understand the theory behind those calculations to make important decisions and then explain your reasons behind them, without going off-topic or losing track. 

We can help you articulate your answers and effectively help you gain those crucial extra marks.


Technical Knowledge is a must!

Be sure that you have mastered the theory from F1, P1 and E1 before you even think about sitting your case study exam. You need to include the key concepts from those modules into your answers. 

Our OCS Revisions package can offer real value if you don’t have the time or energy to prepare and revise your own key notes. We have covered all areas here.


The preseen is available 7 weeks before the exam

This means that you have seven weeks to master the preseen from all aspects and cover all potential threats and opportunities. You cannot be expected to do this alone in such a short space of time. 

Our packages enable you to scrutinise the preseen and give you valuable insight from a business perspective, so that you can answer tasks confidently.


Keep answers short, but sweet

Remember, case study markers are humans. They don’t want to read something that goes on far too long or is too repetitive. They want answers that are detailed and clear, but not lengthy essays. Short detailed paragraphs always look neat and attractive. 

If you are unsure, our marking service will be just what you need. Our expert will scrutinise your mock exam answers and provide you with personalised feedback to help you improve.


Don’t let slow typing speed be an obstacle

Practise your typing speed nice and early and keep doing it regularly until you are typing a minimum of 20 words per minute. You wouldn’t believe how many case study students missed out on those extra marks because they didn’t practise their typing speed in advance, so make sure you are ahead of the game!


Study & Exam Materials here

Our OCS Free Package comes with great features, plus instant access to the following materials:

Current Preseen

Current Preseen

Access to the selected current pre-seen materials and preparation videos, e.g. a deep dive into your role at the exam.

Mini Mock

Mini Mock

3 Practical Tasks with solutions, covering E1, P1 and F1 papers. All carefully prepared for the current OCS preseen.

Immediate access

Immediate access

Get instant and lifetime access to our newest OCS free materials.

Exam simulator

Exam simulator

Practise the above mini mock under exam conditions i.e. timed and using the similar word-processor, so you can improve your writing technique.

for your FREE package

Our OCS Packages

- for Nov'23 - Feb'24 Exam Window (Our video lectures are all uploaded and ready)

Preseen and Industry Analysis Videos
Apply E1, P1, F1 to the Preseen Videos
Theory Revision Videos
Case Study Preparation Series
15 x Writing Practice Tasks
Professional Mocks With Solutions 3 5 6 7
Guided Learning
Email Course Reminders
Mock Exam Walkthrough
Professional Mock Marking Service 1 3 5
Commonly Tested OCS topics
Top 10 key Preseen Issues
Private 1to1 Tutor Lessons (30min) 3
Personal Tutor Guidance
5* Tutor Support
Pass Assurance, Money Back Guarantee


- outstanding quality- 

£25 / mock

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1, 2 or 3 high-standard mock exams

Solutions and marking guide included

Written by Case Study experts


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£45 / mock

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Professional mocks marking service

Notes from our Case Study Experts

2-3 days turnaround time


- revise OT knowledge like a pro -


3 revision videos covering E1, P1 and F1

Downloadable OCS summary notes

Created from Case Study perspective

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New to the OCS?
Here’s what you should know

Operational Case Study exam (OCS), is a 3 hour test of your E1, P1 and F1 knowledge application. It can be described as a “role simulation” and reflects what happens in the real world. In this article you will learn everything that you need to know about the OCS before you sign up for the exam.  If you are new to the OCS, this is the place to start.

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