Graduate Programmes: What is Audit?

Audit focuses on finding definitive answers to some big questions. As experts in the field, we could be asked:

  • Does a business own its fixed assets? How much is its stock really worth?
  • Does a company's record of its cash balance agree with the records of the bank?
  • What are the values of a company’s investments?
  • How effective are the company's financial controls?
  • Does the company satisfy regulatory requirements?

The fundamental role of an auditor is defined as “reporting on whether the annual accounts show ‘a true and fair view’ of the company’s financial activity and position to its shareholders”. That’s what makes audit so challenging.

It’s possible for company employees to interpret accounting policies and present financial information so that their business is shown in the best light. That’s where audit comes in. Every organisation is different. That’s where the diversity of our workforce comes into play as we use our individuality to make sure we examine our clients’ business from every angle. In doing so we make sure they receive outstanding client service. Our job is to help ensure that the right accounting processes are applied and any irregularities in financial reporting are identified. As the industries and economic environments that our clients work in are constantly evolving, we need to stay one step ahead of any changes if we’re to understand the implications on their business.

To learn more about your role and our current opportunities in Audit, explore our programmes below.

Business Audit

The largest of our UK practices, Audit develops a deep understanding of organisations and helps to assure stakeholders that the published annual accounts are a ‘true and fair’ reflection of their financial performance.

As a graduate, you’ll gain a breadth of expertise and experience in Audit within an environment that embraces diversity and the positive impact it has on our business, our clients and the community. A strong start to a successful career in business, Audit can equip you with valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of different industry sectors.

Within Audit, we also have a large and growing internal audit client base and perform work on wider assurance engagements for a number of our clients. Graduates joining the Audit Programme will also have the chance to work in a specific business area whilst studying towards a valuable professional qualification.

At a glance

Business area Audit - Business Audit
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ACA or CA
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes

Training and development

The training and development 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.

In Business Audit we offer two different routes to achieving the ACA qualification:

  • Intensive Programme 
  • Empowered Programme 

Should you decide to apply to one of our Audit Graduate programmes, you will have the opportunity to choose between applying for our ACA Intensive programme or our Empowered ACA Training programme. Both programmes take three years to complete, they just offer different routes to achieving success. The routes available depend on which office you join. You should not underestimate how much of your first three years will be spent studying. Be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do. 

KPMG also has a full-time Professional Qualification Training team – dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. Our programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information and contact your tutors for all the support you need at the click of a button.

By joining KPMG you’ll be joining a long list of graduates who’ve already excelled in their professional exams. The fact that KPMG trainees consistently outperform Institute pass marks is a real testament to our people and the quality of our training.

Find out more about how our support and training will benefit you.

Audit Mandarin

As a graduate, you’ll gain a breadth of expertise and experience in Audit. A strong start to a successful career in business, Audit can equip you with valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of different industry sectors.

Graduates joining the Audit Programme will also have the chance to work in a specific area of the business whilst studying towards a valuable professional qualification, including potentially joining the Audit Response team.

If you’re a Mandarin speaker, we can offer you an additional, unique opportunity. As part of the Audit Mandarin Graduate Programme, you'll have the chance to gain experience in the UK and work with KPMG in China after you qualify. With increasing importance to the global economy, clients and our business, KPMG has an established and successful member firm in China with 13 offices and more than 9,000 employees. It’s a chance to see how our diverse business works in practice. It takes all sorts of personalities, characters and perspectives to drive a successful business like ours. You’ll get to see this first hand as you take on an important role in KPMG China’s strategy, to further strengthen teams, client relationships and local market position

At a glance

Business area Audit - Audit Mandarin
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ACA or CA
Location London
Entry requirements Yes. You’ll also need to be fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Training and development

The training and development 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.

On the Audit Mandarin Programme we currently offer two different routes to achieving the ACA qualification:

  • Intensive Programme
  • Empowered Programme

Should you decide to apply to one of our Audit Graduate programmes, you will have the opportunity to choose between applying for our ACA Intensive programme or our Empowered ACA Training programme. Both programmes take three years to complete, they just offer different routes to achieving success. The routes available depend on which office you join. You should not underestimate how much of your first three years will be spent studying. Be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do.

KPMG also has a full-time Professional Qualification Training team – dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. Our programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information and contact your tutors for all the support you need at the click of a button.

By joining KPMG you’ll be joining a long list of graduates who’ve already excelled in their professional exams. It’s indicative of the type of people that work here. They have an innovative spirit that drives them on to do better – no matter what their background and where they’re from. The fact that KPMG trainees consistently outperform Institute pass marks is a real testament to our people and the quality of our training.

Find out more about how our support and training will benefit you.

Public Sector Audit

KPMG’s Public Sector Audit team is one of the largest in the UK. One of the great advantages of working in this team is the variety of experience you'll gain, both in terms of the clients you'll work with and the projects you’ll help to deliver.

We work with organisations of varying sizes across the public and broader not-for-profit sectors. This includes central and local government, charities, NHS bodies, housing associations, EU bodies and education providers. Our people are as different as our clients. Their diversity, individuality, who they are and what they’ve experienced is exactly why we’re able to provide a service that’s as unique as each and every one of our clients.

Our focus is much broader than the annual auditing of financial accounts (often referred to as ‘external audit’) – although this is an important part of our business. We carry out a range of projects to help organisations improve their services and make good use of taxpayers’ funds. We also have a large and growing internal audit client base, enabling us to help our clients across the full range of their activities, not just finance.

At a glance

Business area Audit - Public Sector Audit
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ACA or CA
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes

Training and development

The training and development 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.

In Public Sector Audit we offer two different routes to achieving the ACA qualification:

  • Intensive Programme
  • Empowered Programme

Should you decide to apply to one of our Audit Graduate programmes, you will have the opportunity to choose between applying for our ACA Intensive programme or our Empowered ACA Training programme. Both programmes take three years to complete, they just offer different routes to achieving success. The routes available depend on which office you join. You should not underestimate how much of your first three years will be spent studying. Be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do.

KPMG also have a full-time Professional Qualification Training team – dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. Our programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information and contact your tutors for all the support you need at the click of a button.

By joining KPMG you’ll be joining a long list of graduates who’ve already excelled in their professional exams. The fact that KPMG trainees consistently outperform Institute pass marks is a real testament to our people and the quality of our training. Every single one of our people, no matter what their background, is actively encouraged to be the best they can be. The Academy is set up to help you achieve just that. It’s a innovative approach to your development where you learn through a range of activities and events, active development experiences and interactive community initiatives to fulfil your potential.

Find out more about how our support and training will benefit you.


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