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I know many firms do things differently, but I know there are some similarities amongst the big4 and larger firms. How are the 3 years roughly laid out in terms of exams and college periods in your firm? I just want to get a rough idea. Also, how many exams on average per sitting are there?

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I know many firms do things differently, but I know there are some similarities amongst the big4 and larger firms. How are the 3 years roughly laid out in terms of exams and college periods in your firm? I just want to get a rough idea. Also, how many exams on average per sitting are there?

Hard to find this info, thanks.
Ask the company you have a training contract with for the specific way they do things?

Generally its split into 3 stages
Certificate level - 5 exams
Professional level - 5 exams
Advanced level - 3 exams.

Most companies do 2 - 3 at a time.
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At KPMG the structure is for integrated graduates (as there's also an 'intensive' scheme running in parallel)

Year´= October to September (new grads start in October)

If I remember correctly it went like this:

Year 1:
- Autumn to spring: The computer based multiple choice ones. Accounting and assurance you do straight away before heading to work. Tax, law and the finance ones thereafter.
- September: FAR, TC, AA

Year 2:
- June: BPT, BS, FM

Year 3:
- November: TI's (SBM and CR)
- July: Case Study
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PwC is, assuming September 2015 start:

October 15 - accounting, assurance, principles of tax

November 15- law, business and finance

March 16 - audit and assurance, financial accounting and reporting

September 16- tax compliance, business planning tax

December 16 - management information

March 17- business strategy, financial management

November 17 - two advanced papers and the case study.
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Thanks a lot guys!
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Have been given some info from my firm. For the professional stage, they say it will be 3-4 weeks in college for 3 of the exams (per sitting) and then a 2 week revision course straight after, and then the exams the following week. Seems pretty intense, is that what it's like for most firms? I had a feeling the exams would be at a later date with the college courses earlier, but I think I prefer this.
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Have been given some info from my firm. For the professional stage, they say it will be 3-4 weeks in college for 3 of the exams (per sitting) and then a 2 week revision course straight after, and then the exams the following week. Seems pretty intense, is that what it's like for most firms? I had a feeling the exams would be at a later date with the college courses earlier, but I think I prefer this.
KPMG does it with a gap where you're in college for 2 weeks or so, go back to work for a few months and then have a couple weeks of revision leading up to the exam.
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KPMG does it with a gap where you're in college for 2 weeks or so, go back to work for a few months and then have a couple weeks of revision leading up to the exam.
Yeah that's what I was expecting. How did you find it? Also, did you have any exemptions, if so, did you find the professional stage exams more difficult than those without?
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Yeah that's what I was expecting. How did you find it? Also, did you have any exemptions, if so, did you find the professional stage exams more difficult than those without?
I think this is the best system as it gives you the most time to study. Yes I had 3 exemptions and its nice to not have to sit a few exams. Never did I feel like I was missing out on any knowledge as everything you needed to know for a certain exam was always recapped anyway during study/revision.
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I think this is the best system as it gives you the most time to study. Yes I had 3 exemptions and its nice to not have to sit a few exams. Never did I feel like I was missing out on any knowledge as everything you needed to know for a certain exam was always recapped anyway during study/revision.
Oh that's reassuring thanks Which exams were you exempt from?
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Oh that's reassuring thanks Which exams were you exempt from?
Management information, Business Finance and Financial Management. Was one module short of getting an exemption on Business Strategy as well.
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@snakesnake - I'm in a similar position in applying for an exemption for Business Strategy. May I ask what modules you had on your application? Just looking at whether it is worth paying for the application with the modules I have on mine.
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@snakesnake - I'm in a similar position in applying for an exemption for Business Strategy. May I ask what modules you had on your application? Just looking at whether it is worth paying for the application with the modules I have on mine.
I don't recall any more, I just sent in my university transcript or something (the details are hazy now as this was over 2 years ago) and that was what I got.

Just get all the exemptions you can get, no point in sitting an exam you don't need to.
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