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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College Central ITE College East ITE College West

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Understand a business through numbers.

In this course, you will learn to prepare final accounts and cost accounts for various entities. You will also learn to use accounting software, apply accounting concepts to different business scenarios, and gain knowledge in data analytics and customer relationship management.

What you'll learn

  • Handle receivables/payables
  • Maintain inventory records
  • Maintain Property, Plant & Equipment (PPE) / Capital Expenditure (CE) register
  • Prepare financial accounting reporting activities
  • Prepare corporate accounting reporting activities
  • Prepare cost statement

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level grades in English Language, Mathematics/ Principles of Accounts and 1 other subject:

  • Grade 1-7 in English Language
  • Grade 1-8 in Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) or Principles of Accounts*
  • Grade 1-7 in one other subject
    * To be eligible for selection, you must have sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional).


GCE ‘N(A)’ level passes in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other subjects:

  • Grade 1-3 in English Language
  • Grade 1-4 in Mathematics
  • Grade 1-5 in 3 other subjects; and
  • A total of 19 points or less for English, Mathematics and three other subjects (ELMAB3) *

* Eligible, graduating GCE N(A) students enrolled during the January intake under the Direct Entry Scheme To Polytechnic Programme (DPP) will undergo 10 weeks of preparatory programme, followed by 2 years of Higher Nitec training.


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.

Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Occupation Traits and Functional Ability Requirements

Nature of Work Functional Abilities
Accounts Assistants are employed in government departments, statutory boards and private sector companies primarily to assist in the preparation of final accounts, cost accounts as well as tax computations.  
Accounts assistants often assist in the other administrative work in the office where they are required to provide customer service and handle routine office procedures as well as work on the computer using common business software.    finger dexterity, attentive, sensory (visual, hearing) ability, communication skills, interaction with strangers
Accounts Assistants may have to work overtime in the evenings or weekends to meet the tight work schedules during certain periods of the year. dealing with non-routine schedule

This course is less suitable for students who do not possess the functional abilities indicated.  If in doubt, please consult your school career guidance officer or visit ITE College for further academic advising.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Accounting graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Accounting graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to a Technical Diploma course at ITE. For more details on progression, please click here.

Higher Nitec in Accounting graduates with a GPA of 2.0 and above may also apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Accounting graduates are employed by government agencies, statutory boards and private sector companies. Some job titles held are Accounts Assistant, Accounts Associate and Finance Assistant. Graduates can advance in their careers (e.g. Accounts Executive, Senior Accounts Executive) once relevant experience and higher-level accounting skills are acquired.