DFS Application Code: HP 82-401
HD Application Code: HP 82-503
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
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.
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.
This programme will enable graduates to explore career opportunities at junior supervisory level in accounting and financial planning fields.