Diploma in Accounting

SIM Global Education

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Diploma, single major

Awarded by
Awarded by

Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 15 months

Campus location
Campus location

Clementi Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 10 Feb 2023 (International applicants, April 2023 intake) | Now till 17 Feb 2023 (Singaporeans/PRs, April 2023 intake)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$12,360.60 to $13,741.20

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Developed and Awarded by Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

This 15-month programme is for you, if you intend to pursue a career in accounting or general commercial, management, and operation.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will: 

  1. Good foundation in accounting concepts and practice
  2. Accreditation towards professional accounting qualification

Further Studies & Career Prospects

With the Diploma, you can apply for advanced standing to the various degree programmes with our partner universities

View details about advanced standing (PDF 123 KB)

Obtain credit exemptions for professional accounting qualification from:

Accounting and finance-related positions in:

  • Financial services
  • Auditing services
  • Banking
  • Business development
  • Investment management
  • Marketing and retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Public service

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Why study at SIM


SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore. 


Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM, with opportunities for overseas exchange and transfer. 


Bond-Free Scholarship & Bursary - Scholarships are available to students who excel in academics, sports or arts.


Global Perspectives & Insights - Exposure to diverse cultures and a global network.

Learn more about the SIM Advantage

Intake Dates

2 intakes a year in April and October.

April 2023 intake


03 April 2023 to 30 June 2024


26 Aug 2022 till 10 Feb 2023 (International applicants)
26 Aug 2022 till 17 Feb 2023 (Local applicants)

Oct 2023 intake 


2 Oct 2023 to 31 Dec 2024


24 Feb till 11 Aug 2023 (International applicants)
24 Feb till 18 Aug 2023(Singaporeans/PRs)

Download academic calendar (PDF 210 KB)

Maximum allowed period to complete the 15-month programme is 30 months or 2.5 years.

No refund or recourse when student did not complete in the maximum period.

SIM reserves the right to recommend and withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired. 



  • Lecturers are both academic and industry-based professionals with extensive work experience and knowledge in their domain.
  • Average teacher-student ratio 1:70

View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 78 KB)

  • Minimum class size: 25; maximum class size: 90
  • The course is 100% face-to-face lecture-based learning. Coursework includes attendance at lectures, discussions of case studies, tests, presentations, and completion of group and individually written assignments.
  • Contact hours: 42 hours per module, total: 630 hours
  • 5 terms. Each term is a period of three months.
  • Lectures at least 6 times a week (Mon-Sat)
  • Each lesson: 3 hours
  • Classes and workshops are available on study skills, academic writing, and presentation.
  • Academic materials include module outlines, reading lists and handbooks on study strategies.
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days before class commence

Assessment & Attendance

  • Continuous assessment and end-of-term exam
  • Continuous assessments include case studies, class tests, discussions, presentations, group, and individual assignments.
  • To attain a pass for each module, students must achieve overall minimum GPA of 1.0 (grade D).
  • Attendance requirement:
    • Local students: 75%
    • International students: at least 90% attendance in any month of the course (as required by the Singapore Immigration Checkpoints Authority)

Requirements to Graduate

Graduating students who passed all 15 modules will be issued a transcript and awarded with a Diploma from SIM upon graduation.


15-month full-time programme (5 terms) of 15 modules:

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Business Accounting
  • Business Management and Communications
  • Business Mathematics
  • Business Statistics
  • Business Law
  • Company Law and Secretarial Practice
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Economics for Managers
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Information Systems for Business
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Managing Business Finance
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Taxation

View module descriptions (PDF 435 KB)


Admission Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on all the qualifications they have submitted. Meeting the minimum requirement does not mean automatic admission.

Accepted Entry Qualifications

  • GCE A-level, IB diploma, or other equivalent pre-university certifications, or Polytechnic diploma, or SIM GE’s foundation programme, namely, Management Foundation Studies (MFS)
  • Other qualifications will be assessed based on the equivalence to GCE ‘A’ level examinations.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements might be recommended to undergo the 6-month Management Foundation Studies (MFS) programme.

Equivalent International Qualifications

International applicants will be assessed on the qualification’s equivalent to the GCE ‘A’ level examinations. For information on international qualifications, refer to SIM’s International Student Prospectus. 

Download the International Student Prospectus

English Language Requirements

  • GCE ‘O’ level credit pass (grade 1 to 6) in English (as first language) or
  • English ACT Total score of 24 with at least 20 for writing; or
  • TOEFL 550 (TWE 4.0) or 59 (iBT) or 59 (iBT Home Edition); or
  • IELTS 5.5; or
  • Pass SIM English test at Advanced 1 level; or
  • SAT I 550 (critical reading & writing); or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTEA) 42; or
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Advanced Level; or
  • Duolingo English Test score (DET) of 90; or
  • An equivalent English Language qualification

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement would need to undergo the Certificate in English Language (CEL) programme prior to enrolment in the MFS and Diploma programmes. 

The duration of the CEL programme depends on the applicant’s English language proficiency level. Applicants can sit for an English Placement 

Test conducted by SIM to determine their English language proficiency level. 

View full requirements (PDF 39 KB)


  • IELTS or TOEFL scores must be less than two years at point of enrolment.
  • The SIM English Placement Test results will be valid for one year from the date of the test.


Fees & Financial Aid 

Programme fees are payable over 5 terms before class starts.

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Local students:

  • Total Programme Fees: S$12,360.60
  • Per module: S$824.04

International students:

  • Total Programme Fees: S$13,073.40
  •  Per module: S$871.56
Fees quoted are for Apr 2023 intake only. For subsequent intakes, please visit website nearer the application period for updated information.

Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% from 1 Jan 2024.

Refer to GST Notes under Fees Tab for more information.

GST Notes

•    Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 8%. The parts of fees not invoiced, not paid and where services are not rendered in year 2023 are subject to the new GST rates effective on 1 Jan 2024. Refer to IRAS website here for more details.
•    For invoice generated in 2023 for services to be rendered in 2024, if payment is collected by 2023, 8% GST will apply.
•    For invoice generated in 2023, if the payment is received in 2024 and service is rendered in 2024, 9% GST will apply. Credit note against original invoice and a new invoice bearing 9% GST will be issued.
•    For invoice generated in 2023 and service is rendered in 2023, if payment is collected in 2024 (i.e. late payment), 8% still applies.

Mandatory One-time Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

A one-time payment applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability.

Payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


International Student Induction Fee

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants: S$97.20

International applicants: S$486.00 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)