Diploma in Business Practice (Accounting)



The Diploma in Business Practice (Accounting) is a part-time course comprising of 5 separate Modular Certificate (MC) courses. Each MC course is delivered over a period of 6 months or one semester and comprises of 3 to 4 modules focusing on a particular domain of business activities. The 5 MC courses may be completed in the shortest possible time of two and a half years or over 5 semesters, culminating to the award of Diploma in Business Practice (Accounting). Graduates from this diploma course would have acquired a broad based knowledge in business fundamentals, as well as technical knowledge and skills relevant for the accountancy industry.

Participants are required to bring computer notebook when attending lessons, as you may need it to access e-learning materials, writing reports, etc.


Course Objectives

The course aims to promote life-long learning by providing an opportunity for anyone without a tertiary qualification to upgrade themselves academically, and even possibly pursue higher academic qualifications from other institutes of higher learning or professional qualification from professional accountancy bodies after graduation.

As such, this course seeks to deepen the skills and knowledge of adults already working in the accounting related jobs, as well as provide opportunities for students to pursue a career in accountancy and to progress in the profession via multiple pathways and lifelong learning.


Suitable for

This course is suitable for working adults who would like to seek opportunities in the accounting industry as well as those already engaged in accounting related job functions and would like to upgrade themselves and deepen their skills and knowledge.


Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the Part-Time diploma:

a) The following GCE 'O' Level grades and with at least 1 year of relevant working experience:

English LanguageGrade 1 – 6
Mathematics (Elementary or Additional)Grade 1 – 6
Any One other subject excluding CCAGrade 1 – 6



b) Nitec with GPA >= 3.5 


c) Nitec with GPA >= 3.0 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


d)  Nitec in Technology/Services with GPA >= 3.5 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


e) Higher Nitec with GPA >=2.0


f) Higher Nitec with GPA >=1.5 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


g) Higher Nitec in Technology/Services with GPA >=2.0 and at least 1 year of relevant working experience.


h) Relevant WSQ Advanced Certificate (or higher) with at at least 1 year of relevant working experience and Level 6 for both WSQ Workplace Literacy SOA & Workplace Numeracy SOA.


i) Applicant with none of the qualifications listed above but at least 2 years of relevant working experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Outline

The course is a 2.5 years part-time programme. It consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MC) conducted over 5 semesters, 1 MC per semester. The first MC to start with is MC1. The first 3 MC courses provide students with a broad based knowledge in business. Thereafter, the students will progress to MC 4 and 5 which are more specialised in accountancy. The classes are conducted in the evening. Each MC comprises of a few modules and the details are as follows:

MC 1 – Certificate in Business Fundamentals
Module 1 - Business Statistics
Module 2 - Basic Economics
Module 3 - Marketing Fundamentals
Module 4 - Interpersonal Skills and Proposal Writing

MC 2 – Certificate in Business and Technology
Module 1 - Fundamentals of Accounting
Module 2 - Effective Business Communication Skills
Module 3 - Essentials of Technology for Business
Module 4 - Fundamentals of IT and Data Analysis for Business

MC 3 – Certificate in Business Management
Module 1 - Organisational Management
Module 2 - Human Resource Management
Module 3 - Supply Chain Management
Module 4 - Financial Management

MC 4 – Certificate in Business and Corporate Finance
Module 1 - Cost and Management Accounting
Module 2 - Accounting
Module 3 - Business and Finance

MC 5 – Certificate in Business and Accounting Services
Module 1 - Audit and Assurance
Module 2 - Principles of Taxation
Module 3 - Business and Company Law

The synopsis of the modules can be found here.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of five Certificates within a five-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Which universities can I apply to after I complete my CET Diploma?
You can apply to part-time undergraduate programmes which are relevant to your diploma course at SUSS.

2. Will I need to take any bridging programme?
The revised part-time diploma is intended to be more accessible to the workforce, and is made shorter in duration compared to the full-time diploma because broad-based interdisciplinary modules, final year projects and internships, as well as academic modules such as Mathematics and Sciences, are omitted. As such, most part-time undergraduate programmes would require you to go through a bridging programme to prepare you adequately before admission.

3. If I need to take the bridging programme, how much will it cost and how long will it take?
While the bridging programmes are currently being worked out by the polytechnics and universities, the duration will depend on the type and nature of the part-time degree course that you apply for, and are expected to be between six months to a year. The fees will not be more expensive than undergraduate modules of comparable duration.


Course Fees

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Diploma in Business Practice (Accounting)
Modular Certificates (MC)Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40Singapore Citizens
Aged 40 and above
Singapore PREnhanced Training Support For SME Scheme (for SC)*Enhanced Training Support For SME Scheme (for PR)**Others / Repeat Students
Certificate in Business Fundamentals$502.69$335.12
$400.90 $3,351.24
Certificate in Business and Technology$502.69$335.12
$346.09$400.90 $3,351.24
Certificate in Business Management$502.69
$346.09$400.90 $3,351.24
Certificate in Business and Corporate Finance$502.69$335.12
$346.09$400.90 $3,351.24
Certificate in Business and Accounting Services$502.69$335.12
$346.09$400.90 $3,351.24
Total Course Fees:$2,513.43
$2,004.48 $16,756.20

*SC - Singapore Citizens 

**PR - Permanent Residents


Other Fees Payable


Fee DescriptionPer semester (after GST)
Singapore CitizensSingapore PR and others
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01  $1.01
Examination Fee-$16.05
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49  $7.49
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70  $1.70
Students' Union Entrance Fee
(one-time payment upon enrolment)
Students' Union Subscription Fee$4.50*

*Not subjected to GST

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- Module Certificate Fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:

i) Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement - 70% refund of paid course fee
ii) Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement - no refund of paid course fee

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.


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Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:
17 Oct 2022

Academic Calendar

Registration Period:

Registration is closed

Class Schedule:
Every Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu
6.30pm to 9.30pm

900 hours (2.5yr)

MC to start with:

Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg