FAQs

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

If you have a question and cannot find the answer below, please email us on EarlyTalent@mks.co.uk or give us a call on 020 7566 4000. Our dedicated Early Talent team member will be able to assist you.

When does your application process begin?

We have two trainee intakes a year: March and September.

We are currently recruiting for the September 2021 intake for our AAT programme. Please click here for details on how to apply.

Applications for our September 2021 ACA programme are now closed. Please email earlytalent@mks.co.uk if you wish to register your interest for the March 2022 programme or later AAT programmes.

When is the deadline for applications?

Applications for the September 2021 AAT programme will close on 16 April 2021.

We will open applications for our March 2022 programmes in spring 2021. If you would like updates on this please register your interest by emailing earlytalent@mks.co.uk.

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

We are unable to consider ACA applicants who do not meet the criteria of a 2:1 or above at degree level and 112 UCAS points from three A-Levels (or equivalent).

For the AAT programme, we are unable to consider applicants who do not have 96 UCAS points from three A-Levels (or equivalent).

If you have mitigating circumstances for why you did not achieve the entry requirements, please contact earlytalent@mks.co.uk.

I have a disability or long-term condition, can any adjustments be made to the assessment process?

No one should face barriers when applying to work at MKS. We’re keen to make sure our application process is accessible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. Email Natalie Hannan, Early Talent Manager, at earlytalent@mks.co.uk, to find out how we can support you.

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

For the ACA programme, we cannot consider candidates if they are partway through their ACA programme or an alternative accounting qualification. You will need to be eligible to complete the level 7 apprenticeship. If you are unsure, please check you meet all of these requirements by consulting the ICAEW.

We will be happy to consider you for the AAT programme if you have completed Level 3 AAT.

What training provider do Moore Kingston Smith use?

We use a training provider called Kaplan. The training will be based mainly in N1, Islington or online as long as social distancing is in place. All of our trainees will study alongside each other, regardless of the office in which they are based. This provides 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?

MKS trainees are given exceptional support throughout their training contract from a great network which includes a training manager, training partner, buddy and dedicated Early Talent team. MKS operates 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 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?

For the ACA programme our trainees start on a salary of £28,000 for our London offices and £26,250 for the outer offices. All trainees will be eligible for performance related increases throughout their training contract. Trainees also receive approx. 115 study days on top of statutory holiday.

Please visit our why work for Moore Kingston Smith page for further information.

For the AAT programme our trainees start on a salary of £22,000. All trainees will also be eligible for performance related increases throughout their training contract. Trainees also receive study days on top of statutory holiday.

Please visit our why work for Moore Kingston Smith page for further information.

What are the typical working hours?

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.

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

We don’t expect our applicants to have any previous experience in accountancy – we are much more interested in the skills you have developed during your studies and extra curricular interests and value having candidates from a range of different subject backgrounds. We have trainees who hold degrees ranging from Art & Design and History to Zoology. No matter what you have studied we would be very keen to hear about additional skills you have including languages and computer programming.