Introduction to Strategic Business Leader

The Strategic Business Leader exam is designed to mirror the workplace and requires you to demonstrate a blend of technical, ethical and professional skills. It tests your ability to function as an accountant in a simulated workplace and asks you to respond to requests from people in various roles. It won’t only be the technical quality of your answer that matters, but how professional your response is.


We know that students who have completed the Ethics and Professional Skills module are significantly more likely to pass SBL so make sure you plan EPSM into your studies. Find out more about the Ethics and Professional Skills module.


The syllabus brings together core areas from governance, risk and strategy, links to other leadership areas such as organisational control, innovation and change management – and uses new technologies and data analytics. 

SBL Top Tips:
  • Plan to study the syllabus content as quickly as possible
  • Start practicing case study questions as soon as possible 
  • Work on your professional skills from the outset 
  • Attempt each specimen and past exam content in full and to time.

Video: Effective Preparation for Strategic Business Leader

Short video with tips on how to prepare effectively