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, here’s your chance. Not only will you get to join our industry-leading Audit team, you’ll work towards an accounting degree from a top UK university – and best of all, we’ll pay all your tuition and accommodation fees.

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?

Every so often, businesses need reassurance about their performance and reliability. So an audit is a bit like when a car goes in for an MOT. But 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, getting 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 audit is something that affects all businesses. Which means you’ll have the opportunity to experience life across a variety of industries. You’ll get to meet lots of interesting people and develop skills that are always in demand. Plus, you’ll have access to senior business people from all kinds of different sectors.

Who’s it for?

We’re looking for students who’ve completed their A-levels or Scottish Highers and are thinking of going on to university. You'll be someone who truly aspires to a career in business and recognises the role KPMG plays 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 plenty back 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).

I’m interested. How do I apply?

Start by having a look around our site to make sure the programme is right for you. Once you’re ready to apply, you’ll follow a simple step-by-step process.

  1. You’ll start with an online application, where you tell us about your academic background, experiences and interests. You’ll also select your preferred office location and university.
  2. The next step is a situational judgement test (SJT), followed by online verbal and numerical tests.
  3. If you’re successful in the SJT and you meet our academic requirements, we’ll invite you to attend a first stage assessment in the office you applied to. This will include an interview which is all about introducing yourself, telling us why you’re right for us, and finding out more about what we’ll do for your career – as well as a written exercise. 
  4. For the final stage, you’ll have an interview with one of our partners, and 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)

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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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