How to Apply: School and College Leavers Frequently Asked Questions.

If there’s anything specific you’d like to know about making your application, you’ll probably find the answer below. If there’s anything else you'd like to ask though, feel free to contact us.

Academic requirements

The application process and applying

KPMG360˚ FAQs

Audit School and College Leaver Programme FAQs

International students

Other general queries about applying

Academic requirements

  • Can I apply to one of the School and College Leaver Programmes if I’ve already graduated?

    Our Audit School and College Leaver Programme is open to non-graduates only. Applicants who have attained a degree should apply for our graduate programmes.

    KPMG360˚ is aimed at non-graduates. However, if you do not meet the academic requirements for our Graduate programmes, you are eligible to apply for our KPMG360˚programme. 

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  • What do you look for other than good grades in a potential employee?

    As well as your academic qualifications, we look at your behavioural capabilities in nine key areas. By ‘Behavioural Capabilities’ we mean the skills and behaviours you’ll need to be successful at KPMG.

    There’s no single type of person who succeeds here, but we do look for people with something special to offer. We’re just as interested in other aspects of your experience and other parts of your character. Overall, we’re looking for people with a strong awareness of business, the curiosity to find out more and the ability to think of new ways to solve problems. We’re also interested in those who take pride in their work, have integrity, strive to improve themselves and can build strong relationships that bring out the best in others.

    When preparing for your interview, you should think about these areas carefully and consider how you’ve demonstrated these behaviours in your life. It could be through academic work, hobbies, part-time jobs or extra-curricular activities.

    We value any experience you’ve gained so far and are interested in hearing about it. Try to think about specific examples of things you’ve done in the last two to three years which relate to our behavioural competencies. Spend some time remembering what you did, what role you played and what challenges you faced.

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  • Can I apply if I'm studying or have an AAT Qualification?

    If you’re interested in a graduate role then you can apply, but your academic results will need to meet our minimum requirements for GCSEs, A-levels and Degree Classification. If you’re interested in one of our school and college leaver programmes, again, you can apply but your academic results will need to meet the standard requirements for the specific programme.

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  • I don't meet your minimum academic requirements. Will I be rejected automatically?

    No. However, these requirements have been developed over time as a guide to see how well you should be able to cope with the demands of the role, professional exams and training and, as such, they are very important in the selection process. Nevertheless, if there are extenuating circumstances as to why you haven’t achieved these minimum requirements (such as illness, for example), you'll have the opportunity to include this information on your application form.

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The application process and applying

  • What happens if my computer crashes half way through completing the application form?

    This is not a problem, as long as you remember to save your answers as you go along. Even if it crashes in the middle of a test (if applicable) that you can take only once, the technology is sophisticated enough to know what's happened and should let you start again.

    If you do experience any problems, please visit our Contact page.

    Please note that there is little we can do if you only inform us of your problem after you have received your results.

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  • Will my personal details remain secure?

    KPMG takes online security very seriously. We use leading technology to help ensure your application is not accessible to anyone outside the application process.

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  • What is the academic reference I need to submit on my application form?

    It's a reference that has to come from your school or college. It doesn't have to be written by your head teacher or head of sixth form – the most important thing is that it’s written by someone who knows you well enough to comment on your academic abilities and any personal qualities that will help you to succeed at university. You’ll need to attach this reference to your application form. If this isn’t possible, please visit our Contact page for advice.

    Please note, this is only required if you are applying for our Audit School and College Leaver Programme. 

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  • What happens after I've submitted my application form?

    Please visit our application process page for specific information on the programme you're interested in.

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  • Is my application processed by a machine?

    No. Due to the volume of applications we receive – and in order to provide you with a speedy response – parts of your application are processed by a computer. Without exception, the decision to invite you to the next stage (or not) will be made by a member of our Recruitment team.

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  • I can't get access to a computer for long enough to complete the online application form – what can I do?

    Please visit our Contact page and we’ll try to make suitable arrangements to help.

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  • I can't find the information I need on the recruitment site. Where can I find out more?

    Hopefully, you’ve found this site comprehensive and informative – we've certainly tried to include everything prospective candidates might wish to know. If, however, you can't find the information you need, you might like to visit our corporate site for more details. If you have a specific query, you can email us via the Contact section of this site and we'll try to respond as soon as possible.

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  • I've got an interview – what can I do to prepare for it?

    Take a look at our section on interview tips.

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  • I'm applying to several other organisations. Does this matter?

    No. KPMG recognises that you may be interested in a variety of different training schemes. Applying to these will in no way affect your application for a place on KPMG’s training scheme. We do, however, ask that if you decide to accept an offer of a position, either with us or with another organisation, that you inform all other potential interested parties at this stage.

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  • I've already left school. Can I still apply to KPMG360˚ or the Audit School and College Leaver programme?

    Yes. However, if you have graduated from university you will need to look for opportunities with a KPMG graduate programme. People who already have significant professional experience or professional qualifications should visit our dedicated website for experienced professionals.

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  • Is there an opportunity to describe any extenuating circumstances that may affect my application?

    If you would like us to consider something that has affected your academic results, please indicate it in the section provided on the application form. If you feel you have a valid reason for not being able to use the online application, we'll be happy to consider this as well.

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  • Does having a disability affect my application?

    At KPMG we are committed to encouraging diversity in the recruitment, retention and development of our people. Any data you provide will be held in strict confidence and will enable us to make any reasonable adjustments necessary and allow us to track how successful we are in recruiting talented people, irrespective of difference. Please visit our Contact page if you have any special requirements (religious, disability or other) which should be taken into account or which need accommodating during the recruitment process.

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  • Who will have access to the information supplied on my application form?

    KPMG treats any information supplied by you during the application process with the utmost confidentiality. By completing the online application process you will be deemed to have agreed to the processing of your data in this manner. 

    No information supplied will be passed to non-contracted third parties. See our privacy policy for more details.

    Please note, any information you provide will be shared with the Universities you are applying to.

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KPMG360˚ FAQs

  • When do you open for applications?

    Applications for our 2017 programme open in October.

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  • What are the benefits?

    You’ll enjoy a competitve starting salary, preferential banking, a day off for your birthday, a laptop and smartphone, daily lunch allowance plus access to 'The Academy', our unique learning community – and much more.

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  • What subjects should I study at A-level / Scottish Standards?

    It doesn’t really matter which subjects you choose – please note we don’t accept General Studies though. For us, it’s more important that you bring a desire to learn, the willingness to get involved and the drive to push yourself as you take your career forward with us. For more information about our entry requirements, click here.

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  • When will I get paid?

    You’ll be paid monthly.

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  • What career opportunities are open to me once the programme ends?

    The programme is flexible over three or six years, depending on the career path you choose. Whichever route you take, you’ll gain valuable insights and skills that’ll really help you in the future. KPMG360˚ will help you build a fantastic career with us and gain professional qualifications throughout the programme.   

    Best of all, when you complete the programme, you’ll be guaranteed a permanent role with us.

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  • Can I apply if I have a degree?

    If you have a degree and meet the grade eligibility requirements for our Graduate Programmes then you should apply to join KPMG through the Graduate Programmes instead of KPMG360˚. Any application for KPMG360˚ will be rejected in these circumstances.

    If however you don't meet the grade requirements for any of our Graduate Programmes, you're eligible to apply to KPMG360˚.

    To view our Graduate Programme entry requirements, please click here.

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Audit School and College Leaver Programme FAQs

  • When do you open for applications?

    Applications for our 2017 programme open in October. 

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  • Is it a fast track way through university?

    No. It’s a 5-year programme that combines university study with real-life work experience.

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  • What subjects should I study at A-level / Scottish Standards?

    It doesn’t really matter which subjects you choose – although please note we don’t accept General Studies. For us, it’s more important that you bring a desire to learn, the willingness to get involved and the drive to push yourself as you take your career forward with us.

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  • What practice would you advise for the online tests for the Audit School Leaver programme?

    Practice as much as possible before taking both the numerical and verbal reasoning tests, even if you’ve taken them before, by:

    • Checking out any books available. Many have practical examples and answers, so you can see what you need to learn before the real thing.
    • There are many examples of tests online that you might want to use to practice. For example http://practicetests.cubiks.com for examples and advice.

    • You may also want to speak to your careers advisors or teachers about any other examples they may have.   

    Some other things to consider if you’re invited to sit the online tests:

    • Make sure you're relaxed and prepared before you start.
    • Take the tests yourself. You could be chosen as part of a random selection of applicants who will be re-tested later in the selection process.
    • Don't expect to finish the tests. They’re designed to put you under time pressure.
    • Sometimes the practise tests can seem easier than the real thing.
    • Make sure that you’re in an environment where you can concentrate.

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  • Will I get paid per month or only when at work?

    You’ll be paid monthly, even while you are studying at university.

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  • Can I apply if I’ve been to university but not finished?

    Yes! You can apply for a place on the School and College Leaver Programme.

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  • What career opportunities are open to me once the programme ends?

    The programme will give you all the tools you need to go as far as you want in your career. Best of all, if you pass the programme, you’ll be guaranteed a permanent role with us.

    Plus, you’ll be a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, making this the perfect opportunity to really kick-start your career.

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International students

  • Can I still apply for KPMG's School and College Leaver Programmes?

    For all programmes, employees are required to have the legal right to work in the UK for the entire duration of the particular programme – which for this programme is five years.

    As KPMG is unable to obtain a working visa for roles within this particular programme due to UK immigration law, it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that they have and maintain the right to work in the UK for the entire duration of the programme, including any applications that may be required.  Applicants should be aware that their employment is liable to be terminated if they lose the right to work in the UK during the programme and they will also be required to repay course costs/fees that have been incurred by KPMG.

    All applicants must meet our academic requirements, and if you’ve studied overseas you must have the equivalent of the UK requirements. Please visit the ‘Academic requirements’ section for some helpful details on this. It’s important that you state on your application form your qualifications as they were originally awarded to you – all applications are read by a member of our recruitment team.

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Other general queries about applying

  • Do you only accept applications from 18 year olds?

    Age is not important to us; all applicants are judged on their abilities.

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  • Is there an age limit for applicants?

    No, we encourage applications from all ages.

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  • Can I apply for both the Audit School Leaver Programme and KPMG360˚ programme?

    Unfortunately you can only submit an application for one of the programmes per 12 month period.  We would encourage you to look at the information about the programmes on our website to see which one suits your interest and career motivation.

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  • When is the deadline for online applications?

    KPMG recruits on a ‘rolling’ basis. This means that we don’t have a deadline for applications. However, some business areas and offices receive a large number of applications so we strongly advise you to apply sooner rather than later. The only exception to this is for applicants requiring a work permit, who need to submit their application by the April before the start date.

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