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Business Administration Discipline
Self-financed Programmes

Higher Diploma in Banking and Finance

Programme code BA124010

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2018. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2019/20 will be announced in late November 2018.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Chai Wan)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Programme Stream
Students may choose one of the following streams so as to enhance professional knowledge and skills in specific areas :
  • Banking
  • Investment and Wealth Management
The 1st to 3rd semesters are common semesters. Students will progress to specific stream in the 4th semester, subject to their choice, academic performance and availability of places in specific streams.
Programme Aims
This programme aims to equip students with banking and financial knowledge and related practical skills and prepare them to sit for investment, insurance and banking licensing and professional examinations. It enables students to acquire the essential competence pertinent to employment in financial institutions.
This programme is also designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates may take up positions in banks, securities and investment companies and insurance companies such as bank teller, customer service representative, personal financial consultant, wealth management consultant, securities dealer, business development officer, credit officer, trade finance operation officer, operational support officer, insurance underwriter and claims officer etc.
Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas. They can also apply for admission to the top-up degree programmes in Hong Kong offered by the following universities in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) :
  1. University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK: BA (Hons) Finance and Investment Management#
  2. University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK: BA (Hons) International Business Management#
  3. University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK: BA (Hons) Business (with Law)#
  4. Sheffield Hallam University, UK: BA (Hons) Business and Finance#
  5. The Open University of Hong Kong : BBA (Hons) in Professional Accounting

# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition
Graduates of Higher Diploma in Banking and Finance (Banking) are now entitled to exemption from "Advanced Diploma for Certified Banker” of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers for the following subjects :
  • Fundamentals of Accounting;
  • Financial Systems ;
  • Law Relating to Banking
Graduates of Higher Diploma in Banking and Finance (Investment & Wealth Management) are now entitled to the following exemptions :
  1. AFP Certification Education Program of Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong;
  2. Partial exemption from Society of Registered Financial Planners (3 out of 5 papers: FP3010 Financial Planning, FP3020 - Insurance Planning, and FP3030 - Investment Planning);
  3. The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, Australia - CIP Senior Associate Membership.
VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.