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


Programme Overview

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

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

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 2018 Intake (2nd Intake)

Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance (if applicable) 
4 Jun 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance
24 Sep 2018 – 31 Aug 2020

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



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

Estimated programme fee: S$32,100.00

Application Fee applies

The fees above are estimated fees and will be revised for 2018 intake. All fees inclusive of prevailing GST (exclude textbooks).

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available


Application Closing Date for Sep 2018 Intake: 

Preparatory Course in Accounting and Finance 
22 March 2018

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Accounting and Finance 
29 June 2018

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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 and management
  • 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
  • Dedicated staff who provide continuous support for your studies

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)

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 upon completion of this programme.

To pursue a Master’s qualification with University of Birmingham, you will require at least an upper second class award. The University of Birmingham currently offers a suite of postgraduate taught programmes at SIM:

Master of Science

• Economics
• International Economics
• Investments
• International Business
• Management
• Management: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Management: Organisational Leadership and Change
• Management: Strategy

For a full list of postgraduate programmes that are available on the home campus, please visit their website at:

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.


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 48 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 three-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 Language Proficiency

  • 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 with other suitable qualifications will be required to complete and pass a three-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 foundational concepts to prepare students for undergraduate 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

Lectures are conducted by local lecturers and each class has a duration of three hours. The modules are assessed either by written examinations, 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. 


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

Estimated programme fee: S$32,100.00, payable in four payments

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

Application Fee applies

The fees above are estimated fees and will be revised for 2018 intake. All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and are payable before course/ semester commencement (exclude textbooks).

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available

Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:30


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 & Graduation

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.

A degree congregation presided by the University of Birmingham is normally held each year in November at SIM HQ. Alternatively, graduates may choose to attend the degree congregation in July or December in the UK.

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