specialist diploma in accounting and financial technology

More than just an accounting diploma Singapore

Specialist Diploma in Accountancy and Financial Technology

This is an accounting diploma Singapore designed for O Level and NITEC qualified students to become qualified professionals in accounting and finance industry with a diploma in business practice.​

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Want to join the accountancy industry? Start here.

If you are looking to become any sort of finance professional, be it accounting assistant, accountant, finance controller, Chief Financial Officer, or a new cashier – then this is an accounting diploma for you.

Thisis a not your average diploma in business practice. This is in fact a blend of concepts in accounting as well as the latest technologies that are adopted in SME business context. Business organisations will appreciate the readiness of our students-graduates. This certificate forms the base for students to head towards a chartered status of certified accountant Singapore. This course will:

  • Covers a wide variety of accounting concepts
  • Hands on approach to complex accounting topics through case study review
  • The basic and essential accounting concepts and accounting topics for day to day work in SMEs
  • Provide sound knowledge of the FRS in Singapore based on case studies
  • Introduction to management accounting
  • Risk management principles in accounting and business activities
  • Data analytics and finance principles for work
  • Introduction to Professionalism and accountancy bodies
  • Organization cultures and the varying roles of the accounting and finance department

This programme is designed to enable students with no prior accounting background to perform essential roles of Cashier, Accounts Assistant, Accounts Executive, and even Finance Manager for SMEs. By the end of this programme students will easily be able to maintain simple accounting books, present accounting reports, and manage various forms of finance technology such as POS machines, Book Keeping Software, ERP integrations, and Inventory Management Solutions or WMS.


8 months 
(5 days per week, 3 hours each)


12 months
(2 days per week, up to 3 hours each)





This accounting diploma singapore and finance technology is the equivalent of the foundation programme and the firs year of a UK, three-year honours degree and includes 120 credits and UK Level 4. The content of the course is closely based on ACCA’s core content but also significant and additional information based on SkillsFuture Skills Frameworks.

The Diploma Programme

  • Digital Project Management
  • Computing Productivity for Working Professionals
  • Essential English for Working Professionals
  • Fundamentals of Accounting – Book Keeping
  • Fundamentals of Accounting – Essential Reporting
  • Professional Development for Accounting and Finance
  • Applied Financial Technology for SMEs

By the end of this course, the students should demonstrate competency readiness in using Excel at an advanced level, Quickbooks or XERO, and POS, ERP, CRM solutions. They should also be able to assist a company in financial accounting and financial management at a book keeper level with sound accounting principles.

Students may apply for exemption from various association of chartered certified accountants and may be admitted to associate or even member status upon completion of entrance test or other requirements.

Minimum Age

16 years of age in the year of application

Minimum Academic Qualifications

– O Levels (Minimum 2 Passes) or equivalent (e.g. SPM)

– NITEC (any subject) or equivalent (e.g.NTC2)

– Higher NITEC (any subject) or equivalent (e.g. NTC3)

– Other Foundation Diplomas (e.g. Diploma in Business Administration)

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants with other equivalent qualifications based on Singapore criterion may be given exemptions on academic qualifications

Mature and Adult Learners

At least 30 years of age and 8 years of working experience may be admitted on a case by case basis with a minimum of 10 years of formal education and certificates that is deemed equivalent by the Academic Board.

English Proficiency

– A Pass (C6) or better for O Levels; or

– A minimum of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent; or

– An equivalent qualification with demonstrated equivalence to the CEFR at level B2 or higher.

Entry Requirements


Fees and Charges


Local Students

Application Fee:

Course Fees:

We do not charge examination fee for first attempt. Subsequent attempts are chargeable.


International Students

Application Fee:
$272.50 + $45*
*VISA Processing Fees Payable to ICA

Course Fees:


When applying through our international representatives, (i.e. Agents) students should NOT pay any course fees, admin fees, application fees, or other wise to the agents in their home country. All fees should be paid directly to the school, as indicated in your offer letter. There is extensive preparation required to study in Singapore and students are encouraged to prepare their educational statements and proof of prior qualification before applying. This course will be fully conducted in the English Language

Typical Career Outcomes


After discussing with several stakeholders, it was clear that there are 2 common goals for students and working professionals who wish to become accounting professionals:

  1. Eventually become a Singapore Chartered Accountant
  2. Earn a degree in accountancy

Here is the truth for both of these routes. To become a Chartered Accountant in Singapore is a long route with many paths to the top. Read about your options first. You will realize that CA-Singapore is a postgraduate pursuit meaning it is something most likely completed AFTER your degree programmes. Secondly, to earn a degree in accountancy is good – but it is not essential at the start. In fact sometimes having ACCA passes in F 1/2/3 is too little but F1 to F9 is a lot. Furthermore you may not get the job you expect due to gaps between academic theory and the real working world.

Our Diploma is well placed to ensure you cover a sufficient variety of academic content as well as practical skills for the business environment.

Participants can expect to progress onward to roles such as:

  • Accounting Executive
  • Accounts Executive
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Bank Operations Executive
  • Basic System Integrators



Auston Institute of Management is a Singapore based Higher Education provider who has been providing qualifications and upgrading opportunities to students in the Engineering and Technology industry since 1996.

Our graduates have gone on to work in many large local companies and multi-national corporations alike. Just like many of our graduates who have gone before you, this course could lead to the next stage in your career.

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