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Designing Business. Defining Tomorrow

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Designing Business. Defining Tomorrow

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Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBKF) JAE Code: S76

Banking Option Curriculum

The banking and financial services sector is one of the major contributors to Singapore's economic growth.

The Banking Option trains students to meet the dynamic needs of Singapore's banking and financial services sector and contributes to the Government's drive to maintain Singapore's status as an international financial centre. 

What We Offer

  • Knowledge and skills to launch you into the dynamic and challenging world of banking and financial services.

  • Practical training, modern facilities and an excellent curriculum to give you a head start in your career in areas such as wealth management, corporate banking and retail banking.

  • A quality educational programme that is specialised, yet broad-based and well-recognised by many universities.

  • Beyond classroom activities, tertiary and national competitions as well as business strategy competitions.

  • In collaboration with a financial planning education provider, you have the unique opportunity of graduating with a diploma and a certificate in the area of financial planning.


  • You will be attached to banks, financial institutions and relevant companies for practical training.

  • Selected students will have the opportunity of going overseas to countries such as China for several weeks for internship or study trip.

  • The opportunity to broaden your frontiers and build business and personal networks beyond Singapore through credit transfer programmes and overseas study trips.

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BA0150 Statistics for Business
Provides students with an understanding of basic statistics concepts and their relevance to the business environment. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimations, hypothesis testing, chi-square, analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation, and index numbers. Statistical software and computer-based learning (CBL) packages are also introduced.
BA0288 Management and Organisational Behaviour
The first part of the module provides students with basic knowledge of management principles in planning, organising and controlling. Topics on organisational culture and change management are also included. The second part focuses on OB (Organisational Behaviour) topics such as personality, perception, group dynamics, motivation, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
BA0358 Fundamentals of Marketing
Introduces the basics in marketing to students. Topics include the strategic marketing management process, market opportunities analysis and target market selection. The elements of the marketing mix will also be examined. An integrated approach will be adopted to discuss how these elements can be blended to produce an effective marketing programme.
BA0362 Microeconomics
Microeconomics will provide students with an understanding of the basic microeconomic concepts which are needed in decision-making processes. It also enables students to have a better understanding of the larger economic environment and to relate the concepts taught to real world situations.
BA0363 Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics will provide students with an understanding of the macroeconomic concepts and applications which are needed in decision-making processes in the business world. It also enables students to have a better understanding and appreciation of the larger economic environment that they are facing.
BAXXXX Prescribed First Year Elective
Business Negotiation Skills. This module provides students an opportunity to learn about the importance of personal grooming and networking skills in a business environment. Students will be taught the key principles of negotiation and strategies to develop effective business negotiation skills. At the end of the module, students will be able to appreciate the influence of psychology and culture on business negotiation and conflict management and develop effective negotiation strategies.
LC0756 Communicating for Project Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BA2048 International Trade Finance & Documentation
Covers the functions and uses of trade documents, trade terms, the various methods of payments in trade, the risks faced by traders in international trade, and the different types of counter trade. In addition, students are taught the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) “Uniform Rules for Collection” and “Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits”. Introduces students to the basics of trade, practical aspects of importing and exporting goods, and the various shipping documents commonly encountered in shipping goods internationally by both sea and air freights. Students will also be exposed to INCO terms, shipping procedures and shipping terminologies.
BA0231 Customer Relationship Management
Introduces the basic concept of customer relationship management and its strategic importance in today's business environment. It also discusses the various tools commonly employed by organisations to manage customer data, develop customer loyalty and improve customer profitability.
BA0253 Financial Accounting
Provides students with an understanding of financial accounting covering company and group accounts, cash flow statements and financial ratios. Students learn to prepare final accounts of companies, to read and understand published accounts and to prepare consolidated accounts. They will be taught to analyse and interpret financial statements using various tools of analysis of selected industries. They will also be exposed to financial statements of various industries.
BA0400 Business Law
Commences with the basic features of the Singapore legal system. It then proceeds to introduce students to the basic principles of contract law, the Sale of Goods Act, the law of tort, cheques, agency and intellectual property. The legal aspects of business organisations will also be covered.
BA2011 Investment
Aims to equip the students with a working knowledge of fundamental and technical analysis and its application in security analysis. More in-depth coverage of the stocks and the features of capital market instruments will be taught and the students will have the opportunity to participate in an online stock trading game to reinforce their understanding of the dealing mechanics of stock trading and to apply their knowledge of security analysis.
BA2030 Macroeconomic Analysis I
Year One Macroeconomics is extended to undertake more thorough analysis of domestic macroeconomic relationships. Focus is on obtaining deeper understanding of real variables and sectors to enable simple forecasting of macroeconomic aggregates. Theoretical concepts, though covered, take secondary importance to hands-on economic laboratory research and forecasts through the Internet.
BA2031 Macroeconomic Analysis II
Domestic Money Supply, Global Money / Capital Flows, Balance of Payments and Exchange Rates are examined in detail to enable students to make simple forecasts. Theoretical concepts are covered to prepare students to undertake economic laboratory research and forecasts through the Internet.
BA2033 Fundamentals of Finance
Focuses on principles of modern financial management, covering the role of financial managers and issues they face, eg. agency problem etc. It introduces financial concepts of time value of money, breakeven/leverages, cash budgets and applies them in financial planning as well as in current asset and liability structure decisions.
BA2034 Corporate Finance
Focuses on basic tenets in financial management such as risk-return concepts, valuation models and strategic long-term investment and financing decisions. Capital budgeting techniques under certainty and risk as well as special topics in financial decisions on dividend policies, economic value added (EVA), management performance indicators and mergers, etc. are included.
BA2046 Financial Markets and Institutions
Introduces the features and activities in the financial markets of Singapore and the world. At the conclusion of this module students will be able to Understand the roles and operations of financial institutions and other key market players appreciate the roles of regulatory bodies including the Central Bank (MAS) in the current trend of deregulation competition and globalisation and Understand the nature activities instruments/products and services of various financial markets namely primary and secondary markets money markets capital markets and derivatives markets.
LC8003 or LC8006 Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.

Third Year Stage

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BA0370 Professional Preparation
Students are taught how to write effective cover letters and resumes, to develop a portfolio and to handle job interviews. They also learn the importance of personal grooming and business etiquette to prepare them for the work place.
BA0277 New Venture Planning I
This module requires students, working in teams, to integrate and apply the knowledge acquired from the various business disciplines to the process of launching a small business. Students will use their creative-thinking and problem solving skills to develop a business plan after scanning the dynamic business environment.
BA2066 Treasury
Provides an overview of the foreign exchange market, money market, and other financial markets. Students will be introduced to the mechanics of trading in the various instruments in these markets. Using these instruments for funding and investment are also discussed.
BA2021 Portfolio Management
Introduces the procedures involved in portfolio management. Key topics include quantifying risk and return, analysing portfolio theories and evaluating portfolio performance.
BA2045 Financial Planning
Introduces the students to the principles and current practices of personal financial planning. It provides an overview of risk management, insurance planning, tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning and credit management. The Financial Advisers Act that governs the practice of financial planners is also introduced.
BA2049 Credit Risk Analysis and Management
Provides a basic understanding of the various credit functions in a bank in the context of lending to consumers individuals and corporations. Features of various consumer and corporate loan facilities will be introduced. Students will be able to understand the credit administration function in a bank and the major causes and management of problem loans and they will be equipped with practical tools pertaining to consumer and corporate credit risk analysis including financial, business and industry analysis.
BA2050 Wealth Advisory Process and Relationship Skills
Focuses on the sales and relationship skills necessary in wealth advisory and management. Topics will cover the client marketing process from a non-technical angle. Students will be taught from the pre-customer acquisition groundwork phase right through to the after-sales service and relationship deepening aspects. These will include identifying a clients preferred approach, networking and sourcing for contacts, understanding social protocols and communication skills, making a sales presentation and negotiating with a client and lastly, the account management scope.
BA2065 Internship Programme
Enables students to gain professional experience through work attachments to organisations with banking or financial trading functions.
12/17 weeks
BA2068 Banking Law
Enables students to understand the legal relationship between a bank and its customers, the duties of a bank and of the customer, the nature of cheques, the rights and liabilities of the parties to cheques and the bank's role as a paying and collecting agent. Enables students to understand the legal aspects of the lending operations, security taking methods and enforcement rights of a bank, the implications of judicial management and the legal principles of insurance in relation to security taking.
Free Elective


*Free Electives (Choose ONE only)

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BA0810 Psychology in Work Behaviour
Introduces students to work psychology in an organisation. Areas covered include the impact of work motivation and satisfaction, learning styles and vocational choices of employees. This enables students to act as facilitators in employee development.
BA1239 Principles of Global Marketing
MS1381 Mathematics for Business
The module is proposed for students who do not have 'O ' level Additional Mathematics background. It aims to introduce to the students the basic concepts of Algebra and Calculus as well as to illustrate and instil in them how they can be used to solve problems in business and economic applications.



Diploma-Plus Certificate Programmes


To give you an edge in your aspirations upon graduation, SP offers you a range of certificate programmes, whilst you are pursuing your diploma course. These certificate programmes aim to deepen your learning, stretch your capabilities and nurture your potential to its fullest. They equip you with valuable knowledge and workplace skills. 

Some of these programmes include:

  • Certificate in Applied Psychology (PCAP)

  • Certificate in Accounting (PCA)


Please note: Course structure subjected to change.






"The Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBKF) gave me an all rounded business education that focused on specific finance skills. Also, its flexibility and practicality gave me an excellent head start for my university education. With so many passionate lecturers and friendly school mates, my journey in SP was never a lonely one!'


Ms Peh Xue Yun
Graduated from SP with Low Guan Onn Gold Medal & Singapore Exchange Gold Medal in 2006
Graduated from NTU with 1st class honours in the Bachelor of Business degree in 2009


In a twinkling of an eye, I graduated with my Diploma in Banking and Finance. Over these three years, I have gained a deeper understanding of the banking and finance industry through the numerous modules in the course. However, it was not all theory as I was required to apply this knowledge in my 12-week internship in a bank.

In addition, the various events and co-curricular activities contributed to my polytechnic experience and allowed me to learn essential life skills which I believe are as important as textbook knowledge.


Lin ZhengFeng Desmond 
SMU Undergraduate


“The quality of education received by the students in SP's Diploma in Banking and Finance course is outstanding, especially for very young adults…..the students’ track record in financial competitions is excellent over a 20-year period. This is a record that is unlikely to be matched by many educational institutions.”


Mark Hoven Stohs, PhD
Professor of Finance
California State University, Fullerton


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The Diploma in Banking and Finance gave me good foundation for my undergraduate degree. I found that I had the necessary skills to start my career in Private Banking. I had knowledge of financial markets and the ability to grasp the concepts and inner workings of the various investment instruments which I come into contact with daily.


Mr Michael Yeo
Senior Director
Credit Agricole
Graduated from SP in 1994