Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance

Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance has been developed by London School of Business and Finance to provide a qualification for students who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and skills in accounting and finance.  It acts as a standalone qualification for graduate students.  

Throughout the course, students are fully supported and their development is checked frequently by progress assessments. Student performance and satisfaction is monitored to ensure that the course meets students’ academic and personal development needs; and industry contacts ensure that the programme is relevant and suitable for the demands of a career in the industry. 

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance aims to provide students:

  • To develop students’ competence and practical skills in accounting and finance
  • To lay the foundation for future pathway and continuing professional development.
  • To provide students with the relevant knowledge and understanding of accounting and finance as it relates to the wider business context
  • The knowledge and skills that will enable them to follow a career in all areas of accounting and a wide range of careers in business and finance.
Programme Aims

The main aim of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Financeis to give students the additional skills and knowledge required for their career development. Holders of the Graduate Diploma will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the major theories and concepts in accounting and finance.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance should be able to evaluate and apply, within the context of the organisation, the standard theories and concepts from the following generic management areas:

  • Finance and Management Accounting;
  • Project Management;
  • Entrepreneurship 
Mode of Delivery

Lectures, Case study, Work project, Discussions and presentations

Course Duration

Full Time: 8 Months
Part Time: 12 Months

Course Intakes

Full Time: Every 2 Months/Modular
Part Time: Every 3 Months/Modular

Entry Requirements

Minimum Academic Entry Requirement:

  • Recognised first degree with a solid foundation in the basic principles of accounting (i.e. Principles of Accounting, or relevant work experience) or
  • Other similar qualifications

Minimum English Language Entry Requirement:

  • Achieved a grade C6 or better in English language O level; or Equivalent qualification e.g. IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550; or LSBF PCE Advanced.
  • All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of their linguistic ability by gaining a minimum level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, prior to receiving an offer for the course.

Minimum Age:

  • 21 years or above

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 1 years work experience in an accounting position would be accepted as sufficient proof of proficiency in accounting.
Course Fees

Local Student
Part / Full time: S$7,750 (inclusive of GST)

International Student
Full time: S$9,500 (inclusive of GST)

Module Details

Professional Practice
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of aspects of accounting and auditing represented in professional practice in public accounting firms.  Specifically the module aims to provide students with an understanding of ethical reasoning as applied to issues in professional practice and business.  Develop awareness of aspects of the development of the accounting profession.

Management Accounting
The primary aim is to extend students’ understanding of the theories, techniques and practices of management and cost accounting. This module will familiarise students with both the theoretical role and purposes of management accounting and with all the major aspects of management accounting practice and will enable them to better understand the various techniques, and issues surrounding them, by which accountants provide useful information to assist managers with the activities of planning, controlling, decision-making and performance measurement and management within organisations.

Financial Accounting
This module further develops students understanding of the principles and practices of financial accounting, so that they can appreciate the contribution it makes to the effective operation of a business. The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to help them apply current accounting standards, and critically appraise the underlying concepts and financial reporting methods.

Provides an introduction to Corporate Governance

Corporate Finance
The study of Corporate Finance is to equip students with a working knowledge of the financial environment. Students will learn the tools and concepts needed for making financial decisions. The course addresses the three main areas of Corporate Finance, namely, what long-term investments a corporation should take on; how should it finance its investments; and how should a corporation manage its everyday financial activities. 

The module will cover the Singapore Income Tax System as it applies to individual employees, investment income and business income.  The module is structured to provide an excellent foundation in the core areas of tax likely to be encountered   during the initial phase of tax experience and to prepare students for more advanced study in Taxation.

Students will learn about the Regulatory Framework for the professional assurances services profession; the Professional Code of Ethics and Conduct for accountants, the auditing process which includes audit planning, review of internal control systems, compliance testing and substantive testing and finally reporting. 

Project Management
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the important aspects of project management, project evaluation, project implementation and project review.  Project scheduling, project costs and risk strategies are also considered.

"Entrepreneurship" may result in new organizations or revitalize mature organizations in response to a perceived business opportunity. A new business started by an entrepreneur is referred to as a start-up company. In recent years, the term has been extended to include social and political forms of entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurship within a firm or large organization has been referred to as intrapreneurship and may include corporate ventures where large entities spin off subsidiary organizations.

Attendance Requirements

STP holders: 90%
Non-STP holders: 75%

Assessment and Graduation

 Assignment/Class test: (50%)

  • The assessment may take the form of an in-class test, individual or group assignment
  • Students to be communicated on assignment and assessment outlines/ parameters before course and unit commencement.
  • Students are tasked to submit the assignment/ class test.

Final Examination (50%) 3 hours

  • Students to be communicated on the final exam and assessment outlines/ parameters before course and unit commencement.
  • Lecturer will go through with the students and highlight the importance of relevant topics during the final revision class.
  • Students are required to sit for the final exam.

Student must achieve an overall passing grade of 40%.  If students fail to achieve an overall passing grade of 40%, students will be permitted one retake attempt in each failed assessment and failure of this retake will require students to re-module the failed module(s) again in full prior to additional retake attempt.

Graduation Requirements:

Students must complete and pass all required modules in this course.

Students who are for any reason unable to complete the Diploma and who have successfully passed a minimum of 4 modules are eligible for an Exist Award of a Graduate Certificate in Accounting & Finance.

Teacher-Student Ratio

1 Lecturer: 80 Students

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