Audit is the largest of KPMG UK's practices, providing independent challenge and delivering quality audits to organisations of all shapes and sizes. Audit requires a deep understanding of the company, their controls, processes and systems as well as their aims and the risks they face. Audit helps to assure stakeholders that published accounts are 'true and fair'.
Working in audit equips you with valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of one or more industry sectors and business as a whole.
As a graduate, depending on the regional office you join you may be allocated to a specific industry sector or across a variety of industries - the companies we audit vary in size, complexity and maturity. This provides a breadth of experience in an environment that embraces diversity and the positive impact it has on our business, companies and the community. From day one, you will build strong relationships, and gain an understanding of both the issues companies face today and the challenges on their horizons tomorrow.
One of our priorities is to inspire and develop your potential, we do this by making sure you have the chance to experience a rich variety of work, play a big part in our continuous improvement initiatives and taste life in our different audit functions. We also perform work on wider assurance engagements and have a large and growing internal audit base.
Graduates joining the Audit Programme will also have the chance to work in a specific business area whilst studying towards a valuable professional qualification. Additionally, all our employees have access to an extensive programme of internal training geared towards your career and personal development, meaning progression can be rapid. From the start you'll be an integral part of a team, and throughout your training you will be coached and supported to manage and develop your wider team, together with nurturing relationships and delivering quality audit work. As audit work is seasonal you can expect a greater workload at the busiest times of the year.
We offer two different training paths for our Audit Graduate Programmes – Intensive or Empowered. All programmes take 3 years to complete; they just offer different routes to achieving success. Our ACA Intensive Programme offers you the chance, in year one to study full-time near a KPMG training hub in either London, Birmingham or Manchester – completing a 10 months study focus to pass 14 of 15 exams. Then in years 2 and 3 of the programme, you'll work at your KPMG office base, focus on work experience, which includes some travel for work, and complete exam 15 of 15. As a result of COVID-19 we have switched classroom tuition to an online offering with students successfully adapting to this change. For our 2021 intake we are planning to return to our regular approach to learning, including a significant percentage of classroom time.
Like the companies we audit, we're having to adapt. This means new working patterns, physical adjustments in our offices and new ways of interacting with our colleagues as well as the organisations we work with - we are harnessing technology to help underpin this change.
Programme length: 3 years
As a general rule, you’ll be expected to meet the following requirements (*or equivalents)
- Minimum Grade B GCSE* Maths
- Minimum Grade B GCSE* English Language
- Minimum of 120 UCAS points* under the 2017 tariff point system at A Level
- Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline
Please note, we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-Level grades and do not accept General Studies.
At KPMG, we look at more than just your academic results. We will review your application, together with your performance in our assessments, to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We will be considering your strengths and achievements alongside a number of other metrics, including technical background and/or experience, to ensure that you have the skills to succeed at KPMG.
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, development and regulation of our Audit professionals is critical to the future success of our business which is why our people are trained to become experts in their field and supported to study for a professional qualification. You will be supported by KPMG’s dedicated Professional Qualification Training and Accreditation team whose focus is to ensure that each KPMG trainee fulfils their potential.
The Intensive Programme is KPMG’s front-loaded, classroom-based ACA product which focuses on upskilling trainees more quickly. This means that for the first circa 10 months of your training contract you will solely focus on passing 14 out of 15 ACA exams and come into the business on two work experience placements. One is a structured, work experience placement in the busy season of your programme, and the second comes after you have completed your 14 exams.
This programme allows you to focus purely on your professional qualification in your first year. In the remaining two years of your training contract you can concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience (with only one exam left to complete) and will have the technical knowledge to apply within the workplace. The entire programme is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be applied by your tuition provider or KPMG when you require them, but due to the intense pace of the programme you will need to be really dedicated in your approach to learning.
The three main training hubs for the Intensive Programme are London, Birmingham and Manchester. Regardless of the selected home office, you will be expected to relocate to one area in order to dedicate the time to attend the programme for the first 10 months.
The impact of COVID-19 on professional qualifications:
The vast majority of KPMG’s staff undertaking a professional qualification were able to continue with their studies and examinations following the COVID-19 pandemic, including those studying with the ICAEW and ICAS. We expect studies to be back to our usual mix of classroom and remote learning detailed above for our 2021 intake, and exams to be scheduled normally.
Additional important information
Due to the intensive nature of the programme, holiday dates are mandated during the initial 12 months of the programme to fit in with the study and exam schedule – with no exceptions.
If you have undertaken or are in the process of completing a professional/accountancy qualification then you may not be eligible to apply. For more information click here.
To review an example of an audited consolidated financial statement take a look at KPMG's published Annual Review.
Whilst you will apply to a specific office location, you will likely be required to work flexibly across the region, at KPMG offices, engagement sites and with varying levels of home working.
Krupa – Audit Intensive Graduate trainee
Krupa shares a brief insight into our Audit Intensive programme. She enjoys being able to complete 14 out of the 15 exams in the first ten months, through attending college everyday.
Molly – Audit Intensive Graduate trainee
Molly shares her experience since joining our Audit Intensive programme. She joined after studying a STEM degree, and explains how she can apply her academic background into the world of work.
"I’ve always been motivated to learn new things and that was what drew me to KPMG’s graduate programme. Their training offering is broad-ranging, and they genuinely want to help you be the best you can be.
I actually turned down other offers in order to take this role. Several friends who already worked at KPMG, and whose opinions I trust, told me about their good experiences working here. That was a big factor along with my own research."
Other Audit programmes
ACA or CA (Scotland)
Technology Audit (Information Risk Management)
ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB)
Accounting Advisory and Assurance