Programmes

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance (Top-up)

Full-time

Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK.

The University, founded in 1900, is one of the largest in the UK. It is a major centre of research and academic study, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among staff and alumni.

The University is ranked 82nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016/17). It is one of the Top 25 universities in the UK subject table rankings for Accounting and Finance (The Complete University Guide 2017 and Guardian University Guide 2017) as well as the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The two-year programme is offered through Birmingham Business School’s Department of Accounting and Finance – a recognised Centre of Excellence in finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Birmingham Business School holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). 

This programme is designed for prospective students who wish to pursue an accounting or financial career in business, professional practice or the public sector.

An average Grade B is required for programme entry.

An SIM Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance is available for non-Accounting related diploma holders.


Course Start Date & End Date

There is one intake a year in September.
 

September 2017 Intake (1st Intake)

Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance (if applicable) 
Jun 2017 – 31 Aug 2017

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance
Sep 2017 – 31 Aug 2019

Note: Date & period is subject to change by the University

 

Fee

Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance (if applicable):
S$642.00 per module 

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance: S$32,100.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST (exclude textbooks and valid for 2017 intake).

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available

Application

Application Closing Date for Sep 2017 Intake: 

Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance 
Closed

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance 
23 Jul 2017


The world needs its accountants and finance professionals 

As financial markets integrate and business operations diversify, the need for adoption of common global accounting practices intensifies.

The programme will give you a firm technical grounding in accounting and finance as well as a wider appreciation of business issues within a global political, legal and social environment.

Reasons to study Birmingham’s Undergraduate Degrees at SIM

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business
  • Established international reputation of University and the Business School
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus with a focus on the issues of globalisation

Career Prospects

Students are offered the opportunity to engage with work experience via a third year optional module, Professional Development. This module is designed to bridge the gap between their academic studies and the future professional life postgraduation. Student learning on the placement will be assessed by the University.

Birmingham graduates are highly sought after by diverse employers for their drive, diversity, communication and problem solving skills, and team-working abilities. They can go on to become accountants, auditors, brokers, financial analysts, fund managers, investment researchers, tax specialists, traders, etc. 

Professional Accreditation

Graduates who wish to continue to professional accreditation may obtain exemptions from the professional bodies below:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) www.icaew.com

Note: Please visit their websites for the latest requirements.

Opportunity for Postgraduate Study

Graduates may further their studies to attain a postgraduate qualification from universities around the world. 

To proceed for a Master’s qualification at University of Birmingham, you will require at least an upper second class award. Please visit Birmingham Business School’s website for up-to-date information on postgraduate programmes.  

Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics and local specialists who worked in the accounting and finance profession

Mode of Delivery 

The programme follows a structured curriculum that is delivered over two years. There are two semesters in a year and students are expected to undertake 60 credits of modules for each semester. 

Modules comprise lectures and tutorials. They are delivered on a block teaching basis with a 10-credit module equivalent to 30 contact hours and a 20-credit module equivalent to 60 contact hours. Lessons are typically conducted 3 to 6 hours per day on SIM’s campus.

Lessons are scheduled between Monday and Friday over three time slots: 8:30am/ 12pm/ 3:30pm. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required. 

Programme Calendar

A typical schedule by the academic year is illustrated as follows:

Semester 1

Sep - Dec: Lectures and tutorials 
Jan: End-of-semester exams 

Semester 2

Mar - Jun: Lectures and tutorials 
Jul: End-of-semester exams 

Revision sessions will be arranged during the study break before exams with University’s lecturers via video conference.

Modules

Year 2 

  • Auditing* (10 credits)
  • Control and Governance Systems (10 credits)
  • Corporate Financial Management (10 credits)
  • Financial Accounting Theory (10 credits)
  • Financial Reporting (10 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (10 credits)
  • Information Systems for Accounting (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing (10 credits)
  • Law for Accountancy and Business* (20 credits)
  • Management Accounting (10 credits)
  • Taxation* (10 credits) 

Year 3  

  • Advanced Finance (20 credits)
  • Advanced Financial Accounting (20 credits)
  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis for Undergraduates (10 credits)
  • Advanced Management Accounting (20 credits)
  • Business Analytics (10 credits)
  • Extended Essay (20 credits) 

Optional Module (choose 1) 

  • Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)

* Taught by local specialists

The choice of modules is subject to change and will follow changes according to the programme in the UK. 

Module Synopses

Duration & Candidature Period

The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the 24-month programme is 36 months. 

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.

Minimum Class Size 

Minimum class size to commence: 30 students

If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement.

 

Entry Requirements 

  • Diploma in Accounting awarded by SIM; or 
  • Accounting Diplomas from local Polytechnics; or
  • Non-Accounting related Diplomas from local Polytechnics or SIM with successful completion of a 3-month SIM Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance.
  • All other qualifications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Note: All admissions (direct & non-direct entries) are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the University.

Accounting Diplomas that may be eligible for advanced standing into the two-year programme include:

SIM Diploma in

  • Accounting 

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Accountancy and Finance (renamed from Diploma in Accountancy and Taxation wef 2004)

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Accountancy

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Accountancy

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Accounting and Finance 

Applicants must obtain an average Grade B and they may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme. 

English Proficiency Requirement

  • Minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE 'O' Level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • Successful completion of a recognised approved Diploma, where the language of instruction was English.

Note: All admissions (direct & non-direct entries) are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the University.

Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance (if applicable)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore. 

 Applicants with a non-Accounting related Diploma from local polytechnics, SIM or suitable qualifications will be required to complete and pass a 3-month Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance programme.

The preparatory course, comprising four modules, will cover foundation concepts which prepares students to undertake Year 2 studies with University of Birmingham.

  • Business Finance
  • Business Statistics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting

University of Birmingham may require students to complete a minimum of two and up to a maximum of four modules, per intake.

Preparatory Course Synopses

Applicants who have successfully completed relevant modules at diploma level may be exempted from the following preparatory course modules:

Relevant Module(s) taken at Diploma level

  • Business Finance
  • Statistics

Exempted Preparatory Course Module(s)

  • Business Finance
  • Business Statistics

Lessons are conducted by local lecturers and each class has a duration of three hours. The modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework or a combination of both. Written exams will be held at the end of the preparatory course in end-July/ early August.

The course is conducted annually between June and August. 

The minimum class size is 25 students. If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, applicants will be informed within one month before programme commencement. 

Certification

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successfully passing the Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance.

Course Fee

Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance (if applicable): S$642.00 per module

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance: S$32,100.00, payable in four payments

Per payment of 60 credits module fee: S$8,025.00

Per 10-credit module: S$1,337.50

Per 20-credit module: S$2,675.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and are payable before course/ semester commencement. Fees are valid for 2017 intake and exclude textbooks.

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available

Exemption Eligibility

Nil

Profiles

Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:30

Progression

To obtain 100 credits from Year 2 to progress to Year 3.   
 

Assessments & Exams  

Set by the University, the mode of assessment varies from module to module and can include written exams, coursework* or a combination of both.

The assessment dates are subject to change by the University.

*Coursework includes written assignments, in-class tests, presentations, projects, etc. Some coursework may be group-based.

Attendance Requirement

All full-time local and international students are required to attain 100% attendance.

Award of Degree 

Year 2 – 25%
Year 3 – 75%

To achieve Honours, students must obtain 200 out of 240 credits. 100 of these credits must be from each year of the programme.

The degree awarded and degree certificate, will be the same as that awarded in the UK. 

Graduation

A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM’s campus. Alternatively, graduates can choose to attend the ceremony in July or December in the UK.

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