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Higher Diploma Programmes

 

Higher Diploma in Business (Accounting and Financial Planning)

Programme Code:

  • Certificate in General Studies Programme
  • Year 1

Hong Kong is a major financial centre in Asia, and its financial sector is considered one of the pillars of the economy. To sustain its leading position, Hong Kong relies on its skilled human resources, which is an important asset in sustaining its long term competitiveness. In recent years, Hong Kong has witnessed a convergence of professional interests among key financial services professionals, and the integration of financial and accounting services. For example, some accountants are now offering financial planning services to clients and, as a result, the market is experiencing a rising demand for qualifications in accounting, financial planning, and financial analysis.

Against this backdrop of increasing competition to gain more than one qualification in accounting and finance, the Higher Diploma in Business (Accounting and Financial Planning) will enable students to develop their interests and professional skills in both specialisms.

 

Programme Aims and Features

This double major programme is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in both Accounting and Financial Planning. This programme aims to provide students with an understanding of the broad business concepts, plus specialised knowledge in accounting and financial planning, to enable them to take up a career in accounting, financial planning, or related field. 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. It also helps provide a foundation for students to acquire professional qualifications in both fields upon further study. In Year 1, students are expected to enroll in mainly general skills courses and basic business courses. Year 2 features more specialised Accounting and Financial Planning courses. Furthermore, students will receive training in English and Chinese to enhance their communication skills, as well as in general education to widen their outlook and to prepare them for lifelong learning.

 

Opportunities for further Studies

 

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for exemptions from:

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for up to 6 of its 14 papers in the qualifying examination+;
  • The Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK) for full exemptions 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 of its 8 papers in the Accredited Accounting Technician Examination;
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for up to a maximum of 5 papers in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting;
  • The Association of International Accountants (AIA) for up to a maximum 8 papers in the professional examinations+.

Pathways are available for graduates to become CPAs and CFPs.

+Subject to re-accreditation.

 

Career Prospects

This programme will enable graduates to explore career opportunities at junior supervisory level in accounting and / or 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 two AS subjects in the HKALE; AND three 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 Certificate in General Studies Programme.

OR

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

#Applicants are allowed to use not more than two 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.

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

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

 

Certificate in General Studies Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 2 or above in English Language and any three other subjects# (which may include Chinese Language); in any event Chinese Language must be at Level 1 or above;

OR

  • Level 2 or above in English Language and any two other subjects# (which may include Chinese Language); in any event Chinese Language must be at Level 1 or above; AND at least 8 points@ in the best three subjects;

OR

HKCEE

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

OR

  • Completed Project Yi Jin with satisfactory results.

#Applicants are allowed to use not more than two 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.

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

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

Certificate in General Studies Programme*

  • General English I & II 
  • Foundations of Chinese Language
  • Foundations of Mathematics / General Mathematics 
  • Electronic and Information Technology for the Modern Society
  • The Process of Design 
  • Ethics and Society 
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Elements of Business
  • Understanding Society

 

 

Higher Diploma Year 1*

  • General English III 
  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes Part I 
  • Information Technology Processes
  • Statistics for Business
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Hong Kong Business Law
  • Principles and Practice of Management
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Economics

 

 

Higher Diploma Year 2*

  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes Part II
  • English for Business
  • Practical Chinese 
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies 
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Taxation and Fundamentals of Tax Planning
  • Auditing
  • Essentials of Investments

 

The choice of the courses in the programme may be replaced by another course under the same category depending on availability in a particular semester.