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Stream: Accounting and Financial Planning

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING -Stream: Accounting and Financial Planning

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP501 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)

DFS Application Code: HP 82-401

HD Application Code: HP 82-503

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This programme was formerly known as Higher Diploma in Business (Accounting and Financial Planning), and has been restructured and retitled as Higher Diploma in Accounting with effect from the 2016-17 academic year.

The Higher Diploma in Accounting is designed to provide students with professional and broad-based education in accounting. It consists of 2 years of study. The first year of study follows a common core curriculum, in which all students will have to enrol in the generic and core business courses. These modules provide students with training in languages and general education as well as knowledge of the foundation of business. Business courses such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing, statistics and business law will be included. This arrangement will give students the opportunity to explore the areas they are interested in before choosing their stream of study. In the second year, students will specialise in one of the following themes:

  • Accounting Studies
  • Accounting and Banking
  • Accounting and Financial Planning

 

Award Title

Graduates will be awarded Higher Diploma in Accounting.

 

Programme Aims and Features (Accounting and Financial Planning)

  • Prepares students for further studies and career opportunities in both Accounting and Financial Planning;
  • Provides students with an understanding of broad business concepts, plus specialised knowledge in accounting and financial planning;
  • Students will be able to apply and integrate the various concepts and principles learnt to prepare financial statements, develop and analyse organisational strategies, as well as prepare personal financial plans.

 

Opportunities for further Studies

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • Bachelor’s degree programmes in Accountancy, Business Administration or other related disciplines offered by local (including HKU) as well as overseas universities;
  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of New South Wales Business School (Australia) (graduates may be exempted for up to 48 Units of Credits, equivalent to 1 year, upon achieving the minimum CGPA specified by the University);
  • Full-time or part-time, Bachelor’s degree programmes offered locally by overseas universities in collaboration with HKU SPACE:
    • BSc (Hons) Accounting, The University of Hull (UK);
    • Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Financial Services, Edinburgh Napier University (UK);
    • BSc in Accounting and Finance, The University of London International Programmes (Lead College: London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE) (UK);
    • BA in English Language, Swansea University;
    • BA in English Language and TEFL, Swansea University;
    • BA in Media and Communication, Swansea University;
    • BA in English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting, Swansea University.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for exemption from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for up to 5 papers in the Professional Examinations;
  • The Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK) for full exemption from the AFP Certification Education Program and students are eligible to directly enroll in the AFP Certification Examination;
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Accredited Accounting Technicians (HKIAAT) for up to 7 papers in the Accredited Accounting Technician Examination;
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for up to 4 papers in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting;
  • The Association of International Accountants (AIA) for up to 7 papers in the professional examinations.

Pathways are available for graduates to become CPAs and CFPs.

 

Career Prospects

This programme will enable graduates to explore career opportunities at junior supervisory level in accounting and financial planning fields.

 

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 2 or above in 5 subjects^ (including Chinese Language and English Language);

OR

HKALE

  • Pass in one AL subject or 2 AS subjects in the HKALE; AND 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

Applicants whose HKDSE / HKALE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme.

OR

  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme, Certificate in General Studies Programme, Pre-Associate Degree Programme or Foundation Programme qualification; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

^ Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.


Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and have relevant work experience will be considered by the College.

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects#^

If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

OR

HKCEE

  • 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

^ Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.


Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and have relevant work experience will be considered by the College.

 

Effective from 2017-18 Academic Year:

Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundation of Chinese Language / The Science of Everyday Life
  • Chinese Language Enhancement / Western Images of China
  • General Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture

Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Statistics for Business
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Cost and Management Accounting I
  • Hong Kong Business Law
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles and Practice of Management

 

Higher Diploma Year 2

  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • Practical Chinese*
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Business
  • Taxation and Fundamentals of Tax Planning
  • Auditing Practice and Procedures
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning
  • Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management
  • Essentials of Investments

 

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.