Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

Required Prerequisites:

  • You can start your SBL exam by completing your skills module.

Suggested Prerequisites:

  •  Skills Module

What you will learn:

The syllabus is designed to progressively broaden and deepen the knowledge, skills and professional values demonstrated by the student on their way through the qualification. The specific capabilities within the detailed syllabuses and study guides are assessed at one of three intellectual or cognitive levels:

Level 1: Knowledge and comprehension

Level 2: Application and analysis

Level 3: Synthesis and evaluation


  • If you complete your Skills module, you may start your professional module.

Course Objective:

You’ll demonstrate the right blend of technical, ethical and professional skills in the evaluation, synthesis and presentations of responses through the context of an innovative case study.

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


  •  Apply a range of Professional Skills in addressing requirements within the

Strategic Leader examination and in preparation for, or to support, current work experience.

Course Topics:


  •  Qualities of leadership
  •  Leadership and organizational culture
  •  Professionalism, ethical codes and the public interest


  •  Agency
  •  Stakeholder analysis and organisational social responsibility
  •  Governance scope and approaches
  •  Reporting to stakeholders
  •  The board of directors
  •  Public sector governance


  •  Concepts of strategy
  •  Environmental issues
  •  Competitive forces
  •  The internal resources, capabilities and competences of an organisation
  •  Strategic choices


  •  Identification, assessment and measurement of risk
  •  Managing, monitoring and mitigating risk

Technology and data analytics

  •  Cloud and mobile technology
  •  Big data and data analytics
  •  E- business: value chain
  •  IT systems security and control

Organisational control and audit

  •  Management and internal control systems
  •  Audit and compliance
  •  Internal control and management reporting

Finance in planning and decision-making

  •  Finance function
  •  Financial analysis and decision making techniques
  •  Cost and management accounting

Innovation, performance excellence and change management

  •  Enabling success: organising
  •  Enabling success: disruptive technologies
  •  Enabling success: talent management
  •  Enabling success: performance excellence
  •  Managing strategic change
  •  Innovation and change management
  •  Leading and managing projects

Related Training/preparations:

  •  ACCA SBL notes
  • ACCA SBL Practice Questions
  • ACCA SBL Revision
  • SBL Revision Mock Exam