Accounting Advisory and Assurance

Graduate Programme

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Joining our Accounting Advisory and Assurance (AAA) programme will develop your skills and experience in providing businesses with a broad range of accounting advice in areas such as major business transactions or transformations, as well as assurance services on financial and non-financial information, processes and controls, outside of financial statements.

The programme will help you to gain and refine business, accounting, and assurance skills. You’ll work on a variety of projects, from those focused on the application of technical accounting and those providing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Assurance or Controls Assurance services. You could find yourself working on accounting projects focused on accounting policy conversions, preparation of financial statements or carve out accounts, mergers and acquisitions, implementation support for new accounting standards, group restructures or training.

In ESG Assurance you could be involved in the provision of opinions over ESG metrics, non-financial metrics, sector specific regulations, contractual compliance, and grants.

When working on Controls Assurance you could be working on controls assessments covering technology and operational controls, across a variety of industries from asset management to transport, and many more.

Across all projects and as part of this supportive team, you‘ll also have the opportunity to work with other KPMG teams including Transaction Services, Consulting, Corporate Finance and Tax.

The work is challenging yet rewarding, and you’ll have the support of your senior leaders, and broader team at your side to help you be at your best.

On this programme you'll study for the ACA qualification which will help you develop valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of different industry sectors, empowering you to build an exciting and varied long-term career with us in Audit.

Our firm’s hybrid working model balances the flexibility of working from home with the importance of collaborating and learning in offices or at client sites. We trust our people to be where our clients need them to be, with our client-facing colleagues working together in person as often as needed. You’ll be empowered by the technology that supports us to work flexibly and our collaborative offices spaces, building friendships and shared experiences, innovating and learning together.

Bring your unique perspectives to our diverse and inclusive team and be empowered to make a difference for the companies we audit and the communities we serve. We’ll support you to grow, thrive and make your mark.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Audit

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: ACA (or equivalent)

What we look for

At KPMG, everyone brings a unique perspective, and we want to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We want to discover your individual strengths and attributes to help us to know whether you’ll enjoy working here and how you’ll thrive. That’s why we operate an open access policy and an application process that will assess both your qualifications and your qualities.

Generally, you’ll be expected to demonstrate the following grades (*or equivalents), to show that you’re able to successfully study for professional qualifications. If you are a few grades or points short, we would still encourage you to apply, as your application will be reviewed together with your performance in our assessments. You‘ll also have the opportunity to provide additional information for us to assess your application and potential in the context of your socio-economic background and/or any extenuating circumstances, which may have a positive uplift on your academic achievements through contextual recruitment. You can find out more here.

  • GCSE Maths Grade 5 or B*
  • GCSE English Language Grade 5 or B*
  • 120 UCAS points* from your ‘top’ 3 A Level grades, excluding General Studies
  • 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Key skills

Throughout the recruitment process we will be looking to learn more about your strengths.

To be successful on this programme, you will be required to demonstrate the strengths that we look for in our graduates at KPMG.

Learn more about what we look for and how to apply here.

Training and development

The training and development of our people is critical to the future success of our business. We want to empower you to grow in your own way, to feed your curiosity and embrace a growth mindset in an environment where learning is continuous. Therefore, we have created a rich curriculum and learning community to help you build your skills and fulfil your potential. This ranges from an immersive 5-day induction experience to help you transition to the world of work, formal training courses, leadership knowledge bites, learning journals, online courses and networking events – all aligned to our ‘learn for a lifetime’ strategy designed to help you gain an advantage for life.

In addition, in Accounting Advisory and Assurance, we offer the ACA or equivalent CA qualification. The Accelerated Programme is KPMG’s ACA offering. This is a front-loaded programme which uses innovative technology and is delivered via a blend of online and in-centre classroom courses. The ACA Accelerated programme enables you to upskill quickly, so you can make your mark. For the first year of your training contract, you will focus purely on your professional qualification, by completing 12 out of 15 ACA exams. You will also have opportunities to reconnect with your home department and peer group, as well as complete internal training and extra skills sessions. The entire programme is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be applied by your tuition provider (BPP) and KPMG’s dedicated Early Careers Development team.

If you join a Scottish office we support our equivalent CA qualification and therefore you will study towards your ICAS qualification. This newly designed programme enables you to sit the majority of the ICAS exams in your first year, provides you with innovative technology to support your learning experience and also enables you to upskill quickly. You will also have opportunities to reconnect with your home department and peer group, as well as complete internal training and extra skills sessions. The entire programme is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be applied by ICAS and KPMG’s dedicated Early Careers Development team.

For both programmes in the remaining two years of your training contract, you will concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience, complete your exams and will have the technical knowledge to apply to your role in the workplace. These programmes have been structured with you in mind and truly empowers you to accelerate your learning journey at KPMG.

Additional important information

Please visit our Applying to KPMG page to discover more about our application process.

Visit our International Students page to find out more about visas and requirements.

For anything else, please refer to our FAQ section.

Case study

Audit graduate programme | London


After I finished my studies, I stayed on to work at my university for a year. I learnt that what I wanted from a job was varied experience, not the same thing over and over.

Everyone here is willing to meet you and talk, at any level of the business. I was interested in a department, and it was very easy to get to know the partners working there on a personal basis. There is a culture of approachability.

I’d been in the office for four months and I’d worked with different organisations. It’s everything I’d hoped for.

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