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School leaver careers in accountancy

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Our Application process

Application Form/Criteria

If I don't meet your minimum academic requirements - will I be rejected automatically?

Our minimum academic requirements have been assessed as a guide to how well trainees can cope with the demands of professional exams and training. This means they are very important in the selection process.

I have already left school - can I still apply to the School Leaver training scheme?

Yes, we welcome all applications whether you are still at school or left.

Can I apply if I am a part-qualified accountant?

Yes; however, please bear in mind you must have passed each exam first time in order to be considered. In addition if you have had any relevant previous employment experience you may need to be considered through the experienced hire route.

Will I be able to highlight any extenuating circumstances that could affect my application?

If you would like us to consider your extenuating circumstances that have affected your academic results, please highlight this in the relevant section on the application form. Please also note - if you have a valid reason for not being able to use the online application, we will be happy to consider this.

Are there any application deadlines?

No, we recruit throughout the year until all our vacancies are filled. Please note we have September and December intakes and positions fill up fast, so we recommend that you apply early to avoid disappointment. Our vacancies open in the first week of September every year.

Am I allowed to apply to more than one programme or office location?

We ask candidates to apply to the programme and office location that interests them most and will be committed towards developing their careers in this area. Therefore, you will only be allowed to apply to one programme per year. Although you will be given the option to enter a second preference office location in the event your primary choice is no longer available.

What time of year do your programmes start?

We have two main intakes for Graduates and School Leavers – September and December (please note that not all offices have both intakes). This ties in with the start of the professional qualification course start dates. However, if you are available and there is space in the team, you may be able to start earlier than this and work until your college course commences in September/December. Each role on our website will say which intake you will belong to.

If I am unsuccessful at any stage of the recruitment process, when can I reapply?

We ask candidates who are unsuccessful at a video interview or assessment day to wait 6 months before applying again. Please note that this is 6 months from the date you were informed that you were unsuccessful.

I have not sat A Levels, but I have done equivalent UK qualifications can I still apply?

Yes, however please be aware they need to be the equivalent 3 A Levels at grades A*- C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects. In addition A*- C at GCSE in Maths & English Language.

I completed my studies outside of the UK, how can I tell if I am eligible to make an application?

Yes, international qualifications can be verified using NARIC which students will have to purchase.

Online Tests

If I am invited to complete the online ability tests, how can I prepare for these?

If your application is successful at stage 1, we will send you a link to the online tests. To practice ahead of your ability testing we recommend that you visit where you will be able to complete practice ability tests. When you are ready to sit the real tests then please login to sit them.

If you have any special requirements listed in your application for sitting the online tests, we will contact you individually.

What happens if my computer crashes half-way through an ability test?

All you need to do is log back into the tests; the system will let you carry on from where you were. If you encounter further problems please email and we will be in touch with you to resolve the problem.

Assessment Day

I attended an assessment day, how can I reimburse my travel expenses?

We will reimburse travelling expenses to a maximum of £50. After your assessment day, please scan and email your travel expenses, along with your bank details (name of the account holder, sort code & account number) to To receive payment, valid travel receipts must be provided.

Work Experience

Does BDO offer any work experience?

We do not offer work experience, however we have a 6 week Summer Internship programme for penultimate year university students. We also have Insight Days which will provide you with an opportunity to speak to a variety of people for the firm along with gaining an insight into life at BDO.


I am an international student, am I able to apply to BDO’s programmes?

Yes, we will sponsor students who receive an offer of employment to obtain a Tier 2 visa assuming they meet the necessary immigration criteria (further information can be found here). We work with a team of specialist immigration lawyers who will process your application speedily and keep you updated throughout your application.