School and College Leaver Programmes: KPMG Discovery

The KPMG Discovery Programme has been designed specifically with students like you in mind – bright, ambitious and enthusiastic. As well as giving you the chance to gain invaluable work experience in the professional services industry, it’ll give you an excellent insight into one of the world’s leading business advisory firms, the work we do, the industries we work in and the big issues facing our clients.

Running in summer 2017 at a number of KPMG offices around the UK, the programme is designed for students in Year 12 or S5 who are interested in a career in business at a firm such as KPMG.

Whichever office you choose to join, the KPMG Discovery Programme will allow you to develop the skills you need to build a successful career. During the programme you will undertake a series of interactive business challenges, skills workshops and research tasks designed to develop some of the key skills needed to thrive at KPMG.  You will also have the opportunity to meet and hear presentations from KPMG employees across the business and, on our 5-day and 3-day programmes, work shadow to see the type of work our employees undertake on a day-to-day basis. 

A culture of excellence and recognition

At KPMG, your future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to provide you with experiences that stay with you for a lifetime. 

We’re proud of our culture here. It’s one that recognises hard work, encourages new ways of thinking and embraces inclusion and diversity. We have an innovative spirit that inspires what we do and how we do it. Over the course of the programme, we hope you’ll share in that spirit and become a key part of our business.

Who is it for? 

Our Discovery programme is for ambitious and enthusiastic students in Year 12 or S5 who have a strong desire to learn and are interested in a career at a firm such as KPMG. We’re looking for people who want to take the early steps towards their future career, as well as discovering more about themselves.

“I really enjoyed my time at KPMG and I have learnt so many new skills. I’ve become more certain that I would like to become an accountant and that KPMG is definitely somewhere I would love to work as everyone I met was incredibly motivated and happy. The programme was extremely helpful. I will certainly be applying for one of the School Leaver programmes in September.”
Aaron, KPMG Discovery Programme 2015, Birmingham

What are the standard entry requirements?*

On track to achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS points at the end of your year 13/S6 studies. You will also need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs A*- C including English and Mathematics. 

*The above requirements are a guideline, but we are more than happy for you to get in touch with us if you have extenuating circumstances, alternative qualifications or require further clarification on eligibility. Please contact us at

Where and when does the programme run?

KPMG Discovery runs throughout June/July across all KPMG offices. Please click here to find when Discovery is running in a location near you. 

Please note when applying the expectation is that you are available to attend the duration of the programme in your chosen location, if your application is successful.

Investing in the future

Students on the Discovery programme will be eligible to fast track through the application process for KPMG360°, KPMG’s rotational apprenticeship programme*. 

*Subject to meeting the required academic requirements.

Access Accountancy

This initiative makes it easier for young people from low income families to access the accountancy profession. With that in mind, we encourage applications from young people who meet the following Access Accountancy criteria:

Attend a state school or college
Are or have been eligible for free school meals (or attend a school that is above the regional average in terms of number of students eligible for free school meals)


Would be of the first generation in their immediate family to attend university

Our commitment to AA means we will ask questions regarding those criteria on your application form however we do welcome applications from all backgrounds and would encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet the AA criteria. To find out more about Access Accountancy click here.

At a glance

Business areas Audit, Tax and Advisory.
Length of programme 5 days, 3 days or 2 days (depending on location)
What you’ll get out of it The perfect chance to discover if KPMG is the place for you. Through work shadowing and business games, you’ll get a ‘first taste’ of what it’s like to work in the professional services industry. You’ll also develop key business skills through taking part in our interactive skills sessions.
Standard entry requirements (England) On track to achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points under the new UCAS tariff points system (e.g. BCC at A Level or equivalent qualification) at the end of your Year 13/S6 studies. You will also need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Mathematics.
Standard entry requirements (Scotland) A minimum of five Standard Grades at grades 1-3 which must include Maths and English (or equivalent Intermediate/National 5 qualification). Equivalent of 104 new UCAS tariff points at Higher/Advanced Higher level.
Deadline for applications Recruitment is on a rolling basis. Apply early to avoid disappointment.
Remuneration Unpaid, however travel expenses will be reimbursed and you will receive a lunch allowance.
Two day programme locations Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Southampton, Watford and London.
Three day programme locations Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds.
Five day programme locations Birmingham, London, Reading and Manchester.


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