We’ve put together some frequently asked questions to help you through the application process and what to expect from Kingston Smith.

If you have a question and cannot find the answer below, please email us on trainees@mks.co.uk or give us a call on 02075664000. Our dedicated Trainee recruitment team member will be able to assist you.

When does your application process begin?

We have two Trainee intakes a year: January and September, therefore we accept applications all year round.

We are currently recruiting for the September intake, click here to apply for ACA and here for AAT.

When is the deadline for applications?

We don’t have a deadline for applications. We will continue to accept applications until all of our trainee positions have been filled. Our ACA and AAT programmes are popular and fill up fast, so we recommend that you apply early to avoid disappointment.

I don't meet the academic entry criteria - can I still apply?

Although we are unable to accept ACA applicants who do not meet the criteria of a 2:1 or above at degree level, if you are a graduate who achieved a 2:2 why not apply for a place on our fantastic AAT programme. Click here to find out more.

I have already started studying towards an accounting qualification - will you still consider my application?

Unfortunately not. Our Graduate ACA scheme is extremely structured, from attending college through to internal training, so it is not possible to consider applicants who have already started any other accountancy qualification.

Handy tip! – Keep an eye on our experienced hires section – our current vacancies page lists positions for qualified applicants.

What training provider do Kingston Smith use?

We use a provider called Kaplan. The training will be based, for the majority in N1, Islington. All our trainees will study alongside each other, regardless of the office in which they are based, providing the opportunity to meet your colleagues and form study groups, to help you along the way. Kaplan is an exceptional training provider and we always receive brilliant feedback from our trainees on the tutors, from teaching in class to being available after class for further help and guidance.

What kind of support will I receive during my training contract?

The support each individual is given from day one and throughout their training contract is exceptional. From day one of the recruitment process, where you meet the HR team to being paired with a training Manager and Partner, who you meet on the two day of the induction. Kingston Smith offer an open door policy and there will always be someone on hand to listen, help and support whenever it is required.

Our trainees receive high pass rates in their exams. We believe the reason for this is because of the fantastic trainees we nurture, the support we offer and the environment in which they train.

What are the rewards and benefits?

We believe in offering our trainees a competitive salary, as well as salary increases throughout their training contract. You will be given approx 115 study days study (at college) on top of statutory holiday.

Please visit our rewards and benefits page for further information.

Do I need to study an accountancy qualification at either A-level or degree level before I start the ACA programme?

Normal office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. We appreciate that you will spend a lot of time working out of hours at home to study, so we encourage our trainees to have a good work/life balance. This is our commitment to helping you achieve success in your exams and ultimately become ACA qualified.

Are there opportunities to travel overseas?

We don’t expect our applicants to have any previous experience in accountancy. Applicants with relevant degrees maybe able to take advantage of exemptions from certain professional examinations but we welcome applicants from all disciplines and who offer other skills. We have trainees who hold degrees ranging from Art & Design, History to Zoology and we are particularly interested in applicants with language and computer programming skills.