Graduate Programme

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for our graduate programme, you will need:

  • 2:2 degree or above in ANY subject.
  • A minimum of 300 UCAS points (old UCAS tariff) or 120 UCAS points (new UCAS tariff) or equivalents, from your top three grades (first attempts only). AS levels and General Studies are not accepted.
  • GCSE English Language, grade C or above.
  • GCSE Maths, grade B or above.

We are looking for mature, numerate and intelligent students who are willing to work hard, study hard and play hard. Above all, you will need to have the flexibility to adapt to a variety of challenging situations and the communication skills to express ideas and deal with clients at all levels.

Don’t forget that your academic qualifications are not enough on their own. We are looking for articulate, confident, intelligent graduates with a range of transferable skills.

Accountancy is a people-focused profession. Numeracy is expected, but you must also be able to communicate confidently with colleagues and clients, as well as being able to organise yourself and your workload; balance the competing demands on your time; and take personal responsibility for the development of your career.

If you have all this and are looking for a challenging and rewarding career, please apply today!

What we can offer you

Our graduate programme provides you with a 3-year training contract with one of the firms of Chartered Accountants for which we recruit. Our graduate programme will provide you with a wide range of practical experience while studying for your professional accountancy examinations; all of which leads to the ICAEW (ACA) Chartered Accountant qualification.

You will receive a competitive salary and an excellent study and benefits package. Add to this the opportunities and varied lifestyle that working in London / the South East has to offer and it all adds up to a very rewarding opportunity.

You will be given paid study leave and we also cover the costs of all your accountancy courses and examinations (for first attempts).

You will be provided with support and mentoring to assist you with the ACA exams, as well as being able to tap into advice from trainees who are further on in their studies. This wide range of support means that we have a good track record of students passing all their exams first-time.

The firms we recruit for range from 4-19 partners in size, meaning there is huge scope for you to progress within the firm. What’s more, you will have exposure to a wide range of assignments with clients of all sizes in various industry sectors. You will be given responsibility from an early stage and benefit from involvement from the firm’s partners, who will take a direct interest in your development and support you through your training. Indeed, many of our trainees have gone on to become senior managers and partners themselves.

The Recruitment Process

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Top Tip: Do not take anything for granted. Every step of the recruitment process is an opportunity to sell yourself: make sure you take every one!

Application Decision
You will be contacted by a member of the recruitment team via email. You will hear within 7 working days, regardless of the outcome.

Online Testing
Successful candidates will be invited to sit two online tests. The tests will consist of a Maths and English Comprehension exercise set to time.

The pass mark for each is set at 80%. Below are some sample tests to practice before attempting the exercises. Once you have successfully negotiated the tests you will be contacted by a member of the Recruitment team within 48 hours to book a first interview.

First interview

The first interview will have a combination of competency and behavioral based questions which will revolve around information given on your application form. You will be expected to be fully researched and prepared for a career in accountancy, familiarising yourself with the ACA qualification and the firms for which we recruit. On the day you will also be expected to provide academic documentation and ID, all of which will be explained to you when booking your interview and on the confirmation details.

Interview Referral
If you are unsuccessful at the interview stage then we will inform you within a week. If you are successful we will then refer your application to the selected firm. If they like your application they will contact you directly, inviting you for a second interview.

Top Tip: Know your audience. Research the companies you have been invited to and understand what they do. Have something interesting to say about them and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Be yourself! Whilst it is important to be professional, you must also let your personality shine through. It could be the deciding factor.

Second Interview
The (hopefully!) final stage is the second interview with the firm itself. The style and length of the interview process will vary from firm-to-firm but you will receive further guidance to help you.

If you are successful, the firm will offer you a contract to start at the next available student intake (August/September or January).

If you are unsuccessful in the interview, we will review your application again to see if another firm would be suitable.

We look forward to reviewing your application!

Practice Tests

Download our practice tests and answers for both comprehension and mathematics, designed to prepare you for the assessment day.