One Year Work Placement

1 year contract typically for students in their penultimate year of university.

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We are now taking applications for July 2022 start.

To apply, please complete the application form.

Gap year placements provide invaluable hands on experience unobtainable through study alone. We will give you responsibility from the beginning and support all the way.

Hillier Hopkins take pride in our opportunity for university students seeking to complete a years work placement in their penultimate year.
We have had feedback from many previous Gap students who found the year not only invaluable for the range of work they complete but how it also makes sense of some of their University modules.

We give you exposure to real work from Day 1 and provide you with support from our expert and successful team members who you will get to know as friends.

If the placement year is successful, it can lead to securing a place after Graduation on our 3 year ACA programme.

Academic Requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade B or above
  • Good A Level Grades with a minimum of  120 UCAS points (post 2017) from 3 grades
  • An undergraduate expecting a degree result of 2:1 or above

The position is based from our Watford office requiring travel to other offices and client premises.

What our students say

“Taking a gap year from university to become a work placement student at Hillier Hopkins has provided me with invaluable experience that has allowed me to get a whole year’s head start in the Accounting world. It has been a tough year for everyone due to COVID-19 and working from home has been a new experience, but the teaching and training has been non-stop since starting my placement. I have always been warmly welcomed into any team that I’ve worked with and everyone has been very helpful in making sure I was exposed to all the key areas of accounting and audit. I would highly recommend Hillier Hopkins as a great company to start your professional career!” Anjali Dave, Work Placement Associate

“I completed a work placement between my 2nd and final year at University, given I was studying an accounting focussed degree it was essential for me to get some real-life experience of what the profession entailed before committing to this career path. It turned out to be very different from my studies, however everyone at Hillier Hopkins was welcoming and helped me to wrap my head around some of the initial struggles that I had. After graduating I have joined back on the ACA training programme and I am part way through completion (part-qualified), although it hasn’t been easy Hillier Hopkins have supported me through the training and my colleagues have been accommodating and supportive.” Andy Williams, ACA Associate

To apply for this placement please complete the application form.

If you have any questions please contact Sandra Pereira, Learning & Development Manager on 01923 634251 or email