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BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Forex and Investments

Duration:
3 Years (6 Semesters)

Award:
APU, Malaysia

Intakes:
19 Nov 2019
25 Feb 2020
​28 Apr 2020

Embracing the Wave of Industry Revolution 4.0

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • Specialised knowledge and understanding of money market and the identification of investment alternatives that are available.
  • Development of intellectual capability, research skills and creative thinking to examine and analyse the impact of the constantly changing environment on the organization & to respond appropriately.
  • Understanding of the conceptual framework underlying disciplines relevant to investment and treasury management, in order to enable students to prepare for a career within that function.

Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 1 OF THE DEGREE:
STPM • Successful completion of STPM with 2 full passes or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.33  and completion of SPM or equivalent with credit in Mathematics and pass in English.
A-LEVEL• Successful completion of A-Level with 2 full passes or equivalent and completion of O-Level/SPM or equivalent with credit in Mathematics.
UEC• Credit passes (Grade B) in 5 Subjects including Mathematics.
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION• Successful Completion of APU Foundation / Matriculation with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and completion of SPM/O-Level or equivalent with credit in Mathematics and pass in English.
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING / DIPLOMA IN FINANCE• Successful completion of the APU/APIIT Diploma or
• Successful completion of Studies in another recognised institute with academic credits equivalent to Level 1 of an Honours Degree

Any qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

Malaysian Students 

Band 4 in Malaysian Unified English Test (MUET) or IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent is required for Malaysian Students. Applicants who do not possess the above will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Degree Programme.

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
FOUNDATION AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES • IELTS : 4.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 397 
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31 
• Pearson (PTE) : 30 
• MUET : Band 2
BACHELOR (HONS) DEGREE PROGRAMMES• IELTS : 5.0 (5.5*) 
• TOEFL PBT : 410-417 (450-497*)
• TOEFL IBT : 35-45 (46-59*) 
• Pearson (PTE) : 36 (42*) 
• MUET : Band 3 (Band 4*)

*Only applicable for Actuarial Studies and Banking and Finance programmes.

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment. 

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents. 

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


What You Will Study:

DEGREE LEVEL 1

This level provides a valuable platform of knowledge to the study of accounting in the modern world. Students will be equipped with mathematical, communication skills and be conversant in the technical language and practices of the accounting sector in the market economy. It also provides students with an understanding of the legal, business and social environment in which accounting operates.

Entrepreneurial skills focusing on understanding the principles and concepts of entrepreneurship, generating business ideas, and also in managing small businesses is also introduced in this level.

Common Modules

  • Quantitative and Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business and Communication Skills
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Business Economics
  • Islamic Finance
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.

DEGREE LEVEL 2

This level exposed students to the fundamental principles of financial regulation relating to the selling of financial instruments and investment products as identified by statute. This includes the Code of Conduct and Market Practices, investor protection, law and regulations; the Malaysian Financial System and Conduct of the Monetary Policy. Time Series and Forecasting which is a prerequisite to the Technical Analysis, one of the most significant tools available for projecting predictable price direction in the financial markets will also be introduced at this level.

The programme also offers the benefit of training in the SAP system, the world-leading enterprise software suite. The students will have the hands-on training with the system in the lab and ensures that they will be thoroughly acquainted with this important software application.

At this level, all students are introduced to the Business Research Methods which exposes them to how to conduct research and write research proposals.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Integrated Business Processes with SAP ERP System
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Business Research Methods
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Company Law
  • Time Series and Forecasting
  • Regulatory Policy for Investment Markets
  • Advanced Auditing (option module to comply with ACCA exemption )

INTERNSHIP (16 WEEKS)

At APU, we encourage our students to be entrepreneurial and innovative. After the completion of Level 2, students will undertake a short internship/industrial training of a minimum of 16 weeks. This will provide our students opportunities to engage with realworld business problems both in our programmes and in our renowned Professional Training placements.

DEGREE LEVEL 3

In level 3, students will learn the practical aspect of forex trading techniques and practices in the forex and money markets. Learning how to use both technical analysis and fundamental analysis is important, but it is the application of a solid forex trading strategy that allows the educated trader to harness the power of the forex market to keep the risk low and rewards high. This area of understanding will be supported by risk management in forex, money market operations and basic derivatives.

All students at Level 3 will have to undertake an investigation module and a supervised project in their respective discipline. This project will further develop the academic and practical aspects of the student’s chosen area of study and reinforces independent learning skills.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Business Analysis
  • Financial Technology Services
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Trading: Money and Capital Markets
  • The Foreign Exchange Trading in Practice
  • Investigation in Forex and Investment
  • Forex and Investment Project

Note: The specialism will only appear in the academic transcript.

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)                                         
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)


Career Options:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Advisor
  • Financial Planner
  • Stockbrokers
  • Financial Consultants
  • Forex Market Analyst
  • Currency Strategist
  • Exchange Operations Manager
  • Regulator
  • Portfolio Manager

Upon completion of B.A (Hons) in Accounting & Finance (with a specialism in Forex and Investments), students are eligible for exemptions in the below Professional Accounting Bodies. Students who articulate from the APU Diploma Programme will be granted exemptions based on the prevalent policy of the relevant professional bodies.


Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 26,700
Year 2: RM 28,200
Year 3: RM 29,400
Total: RM 84,300

Year 1: RM 27,600 (USD 6,900)
Year 2: RM 28,900 (USD 7,230)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)

Total: RM 86,400 (USD 21,610)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

R344/6/0376) (07/20) (A6227)

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.