Higher Diploma in Professional Accounting

This programme is designed for students to pursue careers in the accounting industry and seek for professional qualifications with professional training.

Programme Features

  • Including multiple subjects in different areas, namely, Accounting, Finance, Banking and Business
  • Having the opportunity to participate in ACCA Business Competition to enhance their professional abilities
  • Obtaining professional examination paper exemptions from various professional accounting associations after graduation (This programme is one of the sub-degree accounting programmes in Hong Kong with the largest number of paper exemptions)*
  • Students have the opportunity to join seminars or study tours held by local / mainland China professional organisations or enterprises

*Paper exemptions are subject to the final approval of professional bodies

Featured Modules

  • Auditing
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Hong Kong Taxation
Graduation Path
  • Graduates can take up the jobs such as accounting clerk, accounting officer, accounting supervisor, assistant accounting manager / assistant accountant, audit clerk / audit assistant, accountant trainee, assistant taxation officer, tax inspector II, etc. 
  • Graduates can articulate to local/oversea bachelor's degree programmes in accounting or other related disciplines

All accounting students are required to participate in a 560-hour (around 3.5 months) internship programme. In addition, students have the opportunities to participate in a 50-day Taiwan/China working experience programme. They can choose to work in different local commercial companies or professional firms to acquire practical experiences. 

Programme Details
Mode of Study

Full Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face (Classes may need to conducted via online platform depending on epidemic for the sake of students’ safety)

Commencement of Study

September 2020


2 Years

Entry Requirements
  • Successful completion of Secondary 6 (Level 2 in 5 HKDSE subjects*) ; or
  • Successful completion of Secondary 7 (1 pass in HKAL or 2 passes in HKAS Level subjects; and 5 passes in HKCEE*); or
  • Holder of Diploma for Tertiary Studies; or
  • Holder of Yi Jin Diploma; or
  • Holder of Pre-Associate Degree / Diploma; or
  • Aged 21 or above with 1 year relevant working experience in related industry(s); or
  • Equivalent qualifications; And
  • Pass in admission interview.

* Including Chinese Language and English Language; at most two Applied Learning subjects achieved a level of "Attained" or above would be considered on a case-by-case basis

Paper Exemption

Exemption from a maximum of six papers granted by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) #, including:

  • F 1 Accountant in Business
  • F 2 Management Accounting
  • F 3 Financial Accounting
  • F 4 Corporate and Business Law
  • F 5 Performance Management
  • F 6 Taxation 

As stipulated by the exemption rule of ACCA, those with sub-degree qualifications are exempted from a maximum of six exam papers as stated above.


Exemption from all papers of the Foundations in Accountancy granted by ACCA #, including: 

  • FA1 Recording Financial Transaction
  • FA2 Maintaining Financial Records
  • MA1 Management Information
  • MA2 Managing Costs and Finances
  • FAB Accountant in Business
  • FFA Financial Accounting
  • FMA Management Accounting
  • FAU Foundations in Audit
  • FTX Foundations in Taxation
  • FFM Foundations in Financial Management


Exemption from a maximum of nine papers granted by the Association of International Accountants (AIA) #, including:

  • Paper 1 – Financial Accounting 1
  • Paper 2 – Business Economics
  • Paper 3 – Management Accounting 1


  • Paper 4 – Law
  • Paper 5 – Auditing & Taxation
  • Paper 6 – Information Processing


  • Paper 7 – Auditing
  • Paper 8 – Company Law


  • Paper 10 – Business Management
  • Paper 11 –Financial Accounting 2


Exemption from a maximum of eight papers granted by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) #, including:

  • C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
  • E1 Enterprise Operations
  • P1 Performance Operations
  • F1 Financial Operations


Exemption from a maximum of five papers granted by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) #, including:

  • Module 1 – Accounting
  • Module 2 – Management Accounting
  • Module 3 – Business Economics
  • Module 4 – Business Management
  • Module 5 – Information Management

As stipulated by the exemption rule of HKICPA, those with sub-degree qualifications are exempt from a maximum of five exam papers as stated above.


# Paper exemptions are subject to the final approval of professional bodies

Tuition Fees and Assistance

Year 1: $53,400 Year 2: $58,680


Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) (Including Student Travel Subsidy(STS)) The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) Student Travel Subsidy

For the details of Entrance Scholarship, Government Financial Assistance and Subsidy

QF Level
The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.
QF level:4
QR Registration No.:12/000844/4
Registration Validity Period:1/9/2012 to 31/8/2021
Tuition fees and government subsidies will be reviewed and adjusted annually on various factors. All tuition fees are subject to the final approval from the Education Bureau.
Hong Kong College of Technology reserves the right of cancellation of programme and granting offer without prior notice.