Plymouth University Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Top-Up)

SAA Global Education Centre Ltd

Course introduction

Plymouth University is a dynamic university with an educational history dating back to 1862. With a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research, Plymouth University is among the emerging global elite of modern higher education institutions. The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.

Course Pre-Requisites

The top-up degree consists of 6 modules of 20 credits each, giving a total of 120 credits. Students need to pass all 6 modules OR 5 modules with an average mark of 40 with the failed mark between 30-39 to graduate. Each module is assessed by means of coursework and/or examinations.Classes are a mix lectures and tutorials whereby students adopt an active role in learning through discussions and presentations
Advanced Management Accounting
This module deals with strategic management accounting, financial planning and control in modern organisations.This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge of strategic management accounting, financial planning and control in modern organisations. The applications are relevant equally in national and international contexts.
Advanced Corporate Finance
This module is a study of corporate financial management that builds on the material covered at level 5. Topics include: investment appraisal, financing decisions, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions and multinational financial management.This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of: capital budgeting and investment appraisal; financial policies including dividend policy and capital structure; corporate restructuring; and the tools and strategies of multinational financial management.
Business Research
This module provides students with an understanding of issues involved in the design and conduct of empirical research in finance (including the application of statistical techniques) and business analysis research (which seeks to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organisation and to proffer rational recommendations that deliver value to stakeholders).This module helps students develop a critical perspective on the development of academic research in finance, business analysis research and its contribution to academic knowledge or contribution to business practice. It will also be of practical use to students who plan to undertake further study at postgraduate level or develop further their professional career in Business.
Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
This module will consider advanced financial reporting topics such as accounting for foreign currency transactions and accounting for business combinations (ie simple and complex groups, associates and foreign subsidiaries). Additionally students will explore current developments in financial and non-financial reporting and will practice financial analysis techniques allowing them to analyse company financial statements.This module aims to: develop students’ knowledge and skills in applying and evaluating accounting standards and the theoretical framework in the preparation of financial statements for groups of entities and in the accounting for foreign currency transactions; provide students with an understanding of contemporary developments in relation to financial and non-financial reporting; and advance students’ knowledge and skills in how to analyse and interpret financial statements.
Investment Management
This module is designed to provide a broad understanding of equities and bonds as investments. It considers their pricing and use in investment management along with that of derivatives. In addition core concepts in finance are covered including market efficiency, diversification, risk, portfolio building and evaluation.This module aims to allow students to: understand the use of different assets in investment management; understand equity and bond portfolio construction; appreciate the difficulties of evaluating portfolio performance; and assess the efficiency of capital markets Understand the uses of derivatives in investment management.
Credit Management: Theory and Practice
This module provides in-depth knowledge of how to manage trade, consumer and export credit. It explores the economic importance of credit and the contribution it can make as a competitive device to add value to organisations.This module develops an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of credit management within different organisations and examines the role credit managers play in contributing to organisations’ liquidity, profitability and competitiveness. It also explores the fundamental principles and concepts of credit and examines processes of strategic credit decision making, planning and control within the credit function in a range of industries.
Students take 2 modules in each semester consisting of 12 taught weeks and 1 exam week (i.e. 4 months).
The 6 modules of the top-up degree may be completed in 3 semesters (i.e. 1 year).

Target Audience

For direct entry into the final year, students should have one of the following qualifications:
1) Nanyang Polytechnic, Diploma in Accountancy & Finance
2) Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Diploma in Accountancy
3) Temasek Polytechnic, Diploma in Accounting & Finance
4) Singapore Polytechnic, Diploma in Accountancy
5) ACCA, Completed F1 – F9
6) SAA Global Education, Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Finance

Additional Criteria:

  • English Language Requirement: GCE ‘O’ level pass in English (minimum C6) or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
  • Completed a recognised qualification such as the SAA-GE Advanced Diploma or a Polytechnic Diploma where English was the medium of instruction.

Course Outline

The top-up degree consists of 6 modules of 20 credits each, giving a total of 120 credits.
1) Advanced Management Accounting
2) Advanced Corporate Finance
3) Business Research
4) Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
5) Investment Management
6) Credit Management: Theory and Practice


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Trainer Profile

Tan Leong Chin

Mr Tan is a non-practising member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and an ordinary member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Singapore. He also holds an MBA from the University of Hull.

Mr Tan brings with him more than twenty years of working experience from different industries. He has worked as an auditor with an international accounting firm, as a trainer cum lecturer with various institutions, as a finance manager with a manufacturing company and as a free lance project consultant with various companies with subsidiaries based in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Mr Tan is an experienced lecturer teaching accountancy related subjects like financial accounting, management accounting, financial management and quantitative methods. His lecturing ability has even taken him overseas to places like China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Over the last twenty years, he has trained students preparing for the ACCA, CAT, UOL & other undergraduate and MBA programmes.