School and College Leavers: Audit School and College Leaver Programme

If you’d like to go to university and start your career without building up a hefty student debt, this is an opportunity for you. We’re offering ambitious young people the chance to join our industry-leading Audit team as you gain an accounting degree from a top UK university – and, best of all, we’ll pay all of your tuition and accommodation fees too.

We’ll even pay you a starting salary of around £20,000 (in London) and support you every step of the way as you work to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

But what is ‘audit’ exactly?

What is Audit?

Every so often, businesses need assurance about their performance and reliability – a bit like when a car goes in for an MOT. Only at KPMG, we go way beyond the simple nuts and bolts of financial statements. We like to get right to the heart of an organisation, and get to grips with the inner workings of the business so we can spot any problems before they happen.

For you, the best part is that it affects all businesses. So you’ll have the opportunity to experience life across a variety of industries. You’ll also get to meet lots of interesting people and develop skills that are always in demand. Plus, it’ll give you access to senior business people from across different industries.

Who’s it for?

It’s for students who have completed their A-levels or Scottish Highers and are thinking of going to university. You'll be someone who truly aspires to a career in business and recognises the role we play in the wider business world. It’s hard work and certainly not for the faint-hearted. But while we expect a lot from you, you’ll gain a lot in return. In fact, you’ll become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

How do I apply?

Firstly, take a look around this website and read all the information available to you. Then, you’ll need to fill in the online application form, selecting your preferred office location and university. The next step will be a situational judgement test (SJT), followed by online verbal and numerical tests. If you are successful in the tests and you meet our academic requirements, you will be invited to attend a first stage assessment in the office to which you have applied to. This will include an interview which is all about introducing yourself, telling us why you’re the one for us, and finding out more about what we’ll do for your career as well as a written exercise. For the final stage, you’ll have an interview with one of our partners, and you’ll also be asked to deliver a presentation.

At a glance

Business area Audit
Length of programme A 5 year training programme followed by a permanent job
Qualifications you’ll work for An Accountancy degree & ACA/CA
Locations All UK offices
Standard entry requirements Grades ABB at A Level, plus a B in GCSE Maths and a B in GCSE English Language (or equivalent)
When will the programme start? The University of Birmingham on Monday 14th September and Durham University Business School on Friday 21st August

Live. Learn. Earn.

Find out which of our School and College Leaver Programmes is right for you.

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The Universities

During the degree phase of your programme (this is in the first four years), you’ll split your time between university and working in your designated office. Your degree will be from a well established university – and you have the choice of attending one of our two partner universities: the University of Birmingham or Durham University Business School.

Take a look at the links below to see what life might be like at each. And remember, it’s all about making the right decision for you and your future.

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