Youth Programme: Financial Analysis and Accounting



This course will provide for students from non-financial background a strong foundation for financial statements interpretation and analysis.

By the end of the course, students should be able to interpret basic financial statements and perform comprehensive financial analysis to evaluate a business for decision making.


Youth Programme Welcome by Dean Highlight 2 for the programme
Welcome message from Dean of NUS SCALE Tutorials conducted over Zoom


There are no pre-requisites.


Students who have not completed any prior module on accounting or finance topics.

Complicated financial concepts will be demystified and explained in simple to understand terms for the non-financial student.


18 hours of synchronous lessons, tutorials and a final project presentation.


  • Class participation (individual)
  • Test (individual)
  • Final presentation

Adjunct Associate Professor James Leong C. Foo
Faculty of Law
National University of Singapore

James is the founder and master trainer of Visions.One Consulting Pte Ltd. He brings to his clients and participants more than 20 years of financial, management and international training experience. Prior to becoming an educator, he was Head of Finance (APAC) for a Fortune 500 company. As a chartered accountant, James achieved distinction for achieving the top 5% of results in his professional accounting examinations in Australia.

James is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore. He has also facilitated the CA programme for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. James is the inventor of the Accounting in a Box® learning toolkit and has created the Financial Storytelling™ method which makes learning finance intuitively simple, easy and fun for non-finance people. Learners not just learn to interpret and apply concepts but also develop confidence to speak the language of finance with fluency so they can carry out meaningful conversations during meetings with finance and the CEO.

In his customised training programmes, James has consulted for clients including US Fortune 100 companies such as AIA, Becton Dickinson, Chevron Texaco, Discovery, Dow Jones, GE Life, Honeywell, Sanofi, Safran, IBM, Lion Capital, Louis Vuitton, Merck, Mitsubishi Electronics, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Duke Corporate Education, Singapore Management University, Oracle, Panasonic, Philips Electronics, Prudential, SingTel, Wildlife Reserves of S’pore, UOB, OCBC, DBS Bank, SATS and Sumitomo-Mitsui Banking Corp. James also conducts programmes for government ministries, statutory boards and facilitates workshops internationally.

The Singapore Business Review has featured James as one of ten influential professional speakers in Singapore.

The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants also paid tribute to James for his contribution as an educator in an International Teachers’ Day special publication.

James has earned his Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) credential – the speaking profession’s highest credential awarded by the Global Speakers Federation, held by only 12% of the 7,000 professional speaker members worldwide.



Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
A sample of the certificate of completion can be found here: 

Participants from the project team with the highest score for the group project will also receive a commendation letter. A sample is shown below:
Sample Online Commendation Letter


Group Sign-up:
14 January to 12 February 2023
in collaboration with Looker Education Group

For programme enquiries, please fill the form here.

29 September 2022