ACCA Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

Module 1

Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

On successful completion of this paper, candidates should be able to: - Apply excellent leadership and ethical skills to set the ‘tone from the top’ and promote a positive culture within the organisation, adopting a whole organisation perspective in managing performance and value creation. - Evaluate the effectiveness of the governance and agency system of an organisation and recognise the responsibility of the board or other agents towards their stakeholders, including the organisation’s social responsibilities and the reporting implications. - Evaluate the strategic position of the organisation against the external environment and the availability of internal resources, to identify feasible strategic options. - Analyse the risk profile of the organisation and of any strategic options identified, within a culture of responsible risk management. - Select and apply appropriate information technologies and data analytics, to analyse factors affecting the organisation’s value chain to identify strategic opportunities and implement strategic options within a framework of robust IT security controls. - Evaluate management reporting and internal control and audit systems to ensure compliance and the achievement of organisation’s objectives and the safeguarding of organisational assets - Apply high level financial techniques from Skills exams in the planning, implementation and evaluation of strategic options and actions. - Enable success through innovative thinking, applying best in class strategies and disruptive technologies in the management of change; initiating, leading and organising projects, while effectively managing talent and other business resources. - Apply a range of Professional Skills in addressing requirements within the Strategic Leader examination and in preparation for, or to support, current work experience.

ACCA Strategic Business Leader (SBL)


About this course

The Strategic Business Leader (SBL) syllabus mirrors the workplace and provides you with real world challenges allowing you to demonstrate a blend of technical, practical and professional skills. Work through the Ethics and Professional Skills module ideally before you start. SBL draws upon all of the Applied Skills Level exams and the Ethics and Professional Skills module.


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Study ACCA with BPP Online Classroom

Designed with flexibility, support, structure and success in mind, BPP’s Online Classroom is ideal for students who want the flexibility of studying whenever and wherever they want, combined with the support of a dedicated tutor. Students study at their own pace with access to the programme content, learning activities and assessments available at any time.


There are two types of online classroom options available: Online Classroom (OCR) which is pre-recorded and Online Classroom Live (OCR Live). The OCR and OCR Live courses cover the same syllabus content. The only difference between the two is in the mode of study/delivery of the programme which utilises different formats and timetables.

Awarding Bodies & Learning Partners

This qualification is awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is delivered through BPP. 

Assessment Mode

This paper is currently assessed via a paper-based exam. Computer-based exams for this paper will become available in Malta as from June 2021.Exam sittings for this paper take place four times a year every March, June, September and December and need to be booked through the ACCA online booking system:


How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply by sending an email to or by calling us on 2247 0737. Applicants will be provided with a link to complete our online booking form and will be requested to submit any relevant documents required to process the application.




Why study ACCA Online?

Our ACCA Online Classrooms give you the flexibility of studying whenever and wherever you want. Studying ACCA this way means you can study at your own pace with access to the programme content, learning activities and assessments available at any time.

Why study ACCA with BPP?

As an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner with over 40 years of experience in the training market, BPP have harnessed all the knowledge and best practices of classroom courses to design and develop a market-leading Online Classroom which enables students to develop their skills in a more flexible way than the traditional offline route.


When it comes to deliverability and flexibility, BPP’s Online Classroom is at the leading edge of course provision, offering students various flexible ways of studying including live and recorded tutor-led lectures and an online platform to help students structure their own time effectively. Aside from standard course material, BPP also offers students access to the award-winning BPP Momentum – an innovative learning approach which helps students at every step of their study to increase their chances of success.

What is the difference between OCR and OCR Live?

OCR and OCR Live are two different types of online study options. The only difference between the two is the mode of study/delivery of the programme which utilises different formats and timetables. Both cover the same syllabus, but Online Classroom (OCR) sessions are pre-recorded, whilst Online Classroom Live (OCR Live) sessions take place live.

Which option is best for me?

The Online Classroom (OCR) option gives you all the freedom and flexibility you could need since you can access the session at any time when you see fit – so if it’s complete flexibility that you’re after then this is the right study path for you. The Online Classroom Live (OCR Live) option, on the other hand, provides interactive online sessions at scheduled times, so if you like the discipline and motivation of structured classes, but want the flexibility of studying wherever then this is the ideal study route for you. The OCR Live Classroom provides everything you would expect from a traditional BPP classroom, but is delivered live online instead of in a classroom environment.


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