Higher Diploma in Accounting and Finance

The Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance has been developed by London School of Business and Finance as a qualification for students aiming for a career in one of a wide range of industries, and/or for students aiming for a Higher Education qualification in a subject allied to Accounting and Finance. One important feature of this programme is that it has been designed for students whose first language is Chinese (Mandarin), or who have proof of proficiency in the language.

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.

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance may wish to progress further in their studies and will be equipped to join a level six (Honours degree) qualification in Accounting. Graduates wishing instead to enter employment at this stage will be suited to roles that require effective, autonomous action and the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making skills.

Programme Aims

The aim of the Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance is to give students the best possible preparation for a successful career in one of a wide range of industries. Graduates of the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic underlying academic concepts and principles associated with the broader discipline of Management. Holders of the Higher Diploma will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the major theories in business and management, and of the way in which those theories have developed

The Higher Diploma in Accounting aims to provide students with:                              

  • 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.
  • To lay the foundation for future and continuing professional development.
  • To develop students’ competence and practical skills in accounting.
  • To provide students with the relevant knowledge and understanding of accounting and finance as it relates to the wider business context.
  • The ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
  • 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.
  • An understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge.
  • A range of personal and professional skills that can be used in a wide range of situations and contexts.
  • Support and guidance to develop as independent learners and acquire a range of transferrable skills. 
Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance should be able to understand and apply, within the employment context, basic theories and concepts from the following generic management areas:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Management;
  • Economics;

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed
  • Analyse strategic issues related to the subjects studied.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to the subjects studied.
  • Show an understanding of accounting and finance principles and practices in the context of their chosen specialisation.
  • Apply theory to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems within the organisation,
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods and computing techniques and know how to use these techniques and methods effectively across a range of problems
  • Interpret financial data and carry out statistical and financial analysis
  • demonstrate relevant accounting and finance knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed
  • demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods and computing techniques and know how to use these techniques and methods effectively across a range of problems
  • interpret financial data and carry out statistical and financial analysis
  • demonstrate understanding of ethical and regulatory requirements and issues
  • Demonstrate  interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation
  • Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including use of a range of media which are widely used in business such as the preparation and presentation of business reports
  • Demonstrate cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills including identifying, formulating and solving business problems
  • Take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • Undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations

In addition, holders of the Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance should have:

  • Acquired a range of personal and professional skills that can be used in a wide range of situations and contexts.
  • Gained the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. 
Target Audience

Students aiming for a career inone of a wide range ofindustries, and/or for studentsaiming for a Higher Education qualification in a subject area allied to Accounting & Finance. 

Course Intake
  • Full-Time: Every Two Months/ Modular 
Entry Requirements
  • Aged 18 years old and above, and

Local students shall possess one of the following:

 

  • At least two passes in GCE ‘A’ Level
  • International Baccalaureate (24 points)
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma in any field

International students shall possess one of the following:

 

  • Completion of year 12 Higher School Qualification or equivalent qualification from respective home countries
  • Completed International Baccalaureate (24 points)
  • Equivalent Local Polytechnic Diploma in any field in respective home countries

Minimum Language Entry Requirement:

  • Students must achieve a Pass in Mandarin Language in Year 11 Higher School qualification or equivalent.

Exemptions

  • Students with non-standard entry requirements (e.g. other PEI qualification, lack of equivalent Year 12 in home country, etc.) will be assessed on a case by case basis subject to approval of the Academic Board.
Programme Structure and Modules

Modules:

 

  • Principles of Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Banking and Finance
  • Principles of Information Systems
  • International Business Management
  • Cost Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Professional Practice
  • Taxation
Assessment Method

A: Assessment Outline  

Assignment/Class test                                      50%

Final Exam                                                        50%

Total:                                                                     100%

 

B: Assessments Profile

i. 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.

ii. 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.

Course Duration and Contact Hours
  • Full Time course: 18 months, Students attend lessons 3 hours per day plus directed/independent study for a period of 18 months from Monday to Friday.

Contact Hours

  • Full-time course: 42 hours / module plus tutorials
Mode of Delivery

 

Mode

LectureITutorial/SeminarsI

Workshops

Student Independent           Learning

Total

Hours

FT

42 hrs. (14 Lessons of 3 hrs. each)

108 hrs.

150 hrs.

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