Our 2 week Summer School programme is something we’re particularly proud of.

Summer School offers an exceptional opportunity to look ahead at your career options – while giving a depth of experience and personal development you’d be hard pushed to get with other firms.

Try before you apply

Think a career at BDO might be what you are looking for? Then the Summer School is the perfect place to find out. It lets you experience life at the firm, discover what our work involves on a daily basis, meet our people and explore your options first-hand.

If you’re curious about our School Leaver Programme and wondering whether to apply for it next year, then this will help you make up your mind.

First things first...

The first step is your application – this is where we choose the strongest candidates we believe will benefit most from this two-week course. You specify the UK office you’d prefer to be based, and the business stream you would like work experience in. Then, on your first day you’ll come to our London office where you’ll meet your fellow candidates, receive a general introduction to BDO, and take part in skills training and various group activities.

After this full-on induction, you’ll spend the remaining nine working days at your chosen local office. Now the experience really steps up a gear, as you explore your selected business stream face-to-face. You will go out on real client assignments, working alongside your team just like a first-year school leaver, so you can learn what the job is really like.

Along the way, you’ll:

  • gain exposure to a variety of industry sectors
  • interact with a wide range of senior people including partners and managers
  • be assigned to work on a team project, to put what you have learned into practice.
  • be invited to various internal and social events, which let you mingle with other trainees, including school leavers and graduates.

Constant support from the team means you are never out of your depth – if you’re unsure of anything, just ask.

At the end of the fortnight, you’ll be interviewed by a Partner. This is to gauge how much you’ve learned and benefitted from the Summer School. It’s also a chance to give your own feedback. By now, you should have a clearer idea as to what BDO is like, as well as what to expect if you continue your training with us. Finally, all the candidates gather for a send-off lunch – yet another opportunity to make friends and build your professional network for the future.

Why apply?

Our Summer School has helped many high-calibre A Level students to weigh up their options on what to do when they leave school. Even if you take the placement and then decide BDO isn’t for you, you’ll have some valuable work experience in the bag and new skills to add to your CV – plus some potentially valuable contacts. Even more importantly, you’ll have gained a real understanding of how a professional services firm operates.

Test us out

Access Accountancy is a movement for change across the accountancy profession working to make sure that everyone has an equal chance of accessing career opportunities in our sector, regardless of background.

As part of our commitment and leadership of improved social mobility, we encourage applications from young people who meet the following Access Accountancy criteria:

– attend a state school or college and;
– are or have been eligible for free school meals (or attend a school that is above the regional average in terms of the number of students eligible for free school meals) or; would be the first member of their immediate family to attend university.

To apply for the BDO Summer School, use our online application form. You need to be in Year 12 to be eligible, and you must also fulfill the following entry requirements:

  • Predicted to achieve three A Levels A*-C in any subject (excluding General Studies and Extended Projects)
  • A*-C for GCSE English Language and Maths


Our Summer School has helped many high-calibre A Level students


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